Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding the process and the objectives of Strategic Renewal.

What’s next?

U of G’s senior administration will use the strategic framework to update the University’s strategic mandate agreement and strategic research plan. The framework will also be used in developing the University’s plan for internationalism. Check this website and @UofGRenewal on Twitter for updates on these two key planning documents.

The framework also identifies a number of other upcoming priorities for the University. In the next few years, U of G will work on advancing:

  • graduate and undergraduate education and experience
  • interdisciplinary research
  • supportive and healthy campus environments, and
  • mobilized knowledge that improves local and global communities.

Why did the University engage in strategic renewal?

The University’s previous strategic directions were found in a document from 1995.

The strategic renewal process gave the University an opportunity to review what it stands for and how to chart its path toward the future. It allowed the University to honour its legacy while looking for opportunities beyond its traditional strengths.

The process provided the opportunity to articulate a shared common purpose that will shape the University’s future.

The process resulted in a concise document clearly stating the University’s strategic directions. It will be a valuable resource in guiding the University’s evolution and will help U of G successfully adapt to whatever the future brings.

Who guided the process?

Dr. Vaccarino led the process with guidance from the strategic renewal advisory committee and the support of the project management team and the University’s senior leadership. The University relied on in-house expertise to manage this project to create final recommendations that truly epitomize U of G.

How was the strategic framework developed?

The strategic renewal process consisted of three main stages:

Stage 1: September to December 2015

The first phase of the project involved open-ended discussions about the University and its future directions with stakeholders from on and off campus.

Stage 2: January to April 2016

In the second phase of the process, the strategic renewal advisory committee distilled key themes or topics that arose from first-phase discussions. The committee then explored those topics or themes, which were incorporated into a draft strategic renewal document .

Stage 3: May to June 2016

The process concluded with the draft strategic renewal document being shared for community consultation and submitted to Board of Governors and Senate for consideration.

The Senate and Board of Governors unanimously approved the document.

Who contributed to the strategic renewal process and how?

All members of the University community were invited to engage in this process through various means, including face-to-face conversations, online discussions, email submissions and social media.

All input received was considered as part of the strategic renewal process and in preparing the final strategic framework. The process encouraged transparency and open communication during consultations while respecting confidentiality of personal information.

Can I read people’s comments about our strategic renewal?

Yes! You can read a sorted collection of the conversation comments through the Summary of Conversational Inputs document. You can also read notes from each strategic renewal group conversation held this fall.

Where can I find notes from the strategic renewal group conversation I attended?

Summary notes from each group conversation are available in the project’s document centre and on the “The Process” section of the site.

How did you ensure transparency in this project?

Notes from each strategic renewal group conversation are available on the project site as well as summaries of various submissions received through email, drop-in sessions and various one-on-one meetings. You can also view a sorted collection of the conversation comments so far through the Summary of Conversational Inputs document.

To access materials prepared to support the work of the strategic renewal advisory committee, visit the committee’s document centre.

How much did this process cost?

The process relied on leadership and resources from within the University.  The project received modest funding for related administrative and communication support.

Does the project have a Twitter handle?

Yes! Information about the project was shared through @UofGRenewal and using #ChartOurPath. We also welcomed feedback through the Twitter handle.