Volume 12, Number 5 October 22, 2004

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Implementation of Integrated Plan starts across campus

The rubber is already hitting the road for the University of Saskatchewan’s new Integrated Plan.

And the Provost’s and Integrated Planning Offices hope the University community takes up their call to join in and help develop the exciting initiatives that will be underway over the coming months.

“We really encourage people to get involved in implementing the Plan,” says Barrie Dubray, Assistant Provost for Integrated Planning & Analysis.

The 2003-07 U of S Integrated Plan and multi-year budget were approved this spring by University Council and the Board of Governors, setting out goals and initiatives to move the U of S towards its strategic directions in areas like increased research, more graduate education and offering at world-class programs.

The Plan includes initiatives in fields like health sciences, environmental sciences, entrepreneurship, Aboriginal programs, community outreach, international studies, and others.

Dubray says work has been proceeding full-speed-ahead since the spring on the initial stages of implementing the Integrated Plan.

Through the spring and early summer there have been major developments, led off by creation of an “Action Map”, which lays out who is initially responsible and who can be called on for support for each of the major strategic initiatives contained in the U of S Plan.

The Action Map, distributed to Council at its Oct. 21 meeting, includes details regarding initiatives in more than 15 key areas like health sciences, computer engineering, entrepreneurship and public policy. (See below for a complete list.)

In addition to the Action Map, through the spring and early summer the Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning (PCIP) developed detailed planning parameters for each college to use as it crafts its changing set of programs and resource allocations over the next three years. The parameters, which rely heavily on the integrated plan that each college developed for itself last year, offer guidelines for planning changes in areas like faculty complement and funding.

In his report to the Oct. 21 Council meeting, Provost and Vice-President Academic Michael Atkinson said the planning parameters have been shared with Council’s Planning Committee and would be presented in summary form to Council. They will also be posted in full on the University’s PAWS web portal shortly after Oct. 21.

Dubray says a number of other actions are being taken this fall to move the University Plan forward.

Early work is beginning on three new Foundational Documents:

  • Teaching and Learning.
  • Outreach and Engagement.
  • Faculty Complement.

For the Teaching and Learning document, a steering committee has been set up and initial meetings have taken place to plan its development. This takes place as major changes are contemplated for the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre (GMTLC), which may take on a broader mandate and incorporate elements from Extension Divisionís Instructional Design Group, the Centre for Distributed Learning, the Division of Media & Technology, Information Technology Services, and the Library.

Pauline Melis, Director of Institutional Planning, says a high-profile kickoff event for campus discussion of teaching and learning this fall will be the visit of “top-notch” authority Thomas Angelo. He will meet with the new Foundational Document’s drafting committee, GMTLC staff, Council’s Planning Committee, and other key U of S leaders.

And, Melis says, he will deliver two open lectures on best practices and evaluation of teaching. Oct. 25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. he’ll present “Doing Assessment as if Learning Matters Most: Seven Transformative Guidelines from Research and Best Practice”. On Oct. 26 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. he will present “Guidelines from Research and Best Practice for Evaluating Teaching”. Both lectures are in Arts Rm. 241.

Angelo is Director of the University Teaching Development Centre at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Development of Foundational Documents on Outreach and Engagement and on Faculty Complement are also in the early stages. On the Outreach and Engagement front, the U of S Integrated Plan calls for structural changes that would see many of the current functions of the Extension Division infused into other areas of the University, and the possibility that non-credit and community courses be fully cost-recovery if they’re not considered part of the University’s core mission.

For the Complement Plan, Atkinson told Council that many colleges have already submitted their own complement plans, and these will provide direction for the overall Foundational Document.

Meanwhile, as Council, PCIP and others work toward these three Foundational Documents, people in colleges and departments across campus are beginning to put the University Plan into action. The Action Map that went to Council this week identifies the following initiatives:

  • A proposed Biomedical Sciences School.
  • New biomedical programs including: A B.Sc. in Health Sciences; a BA in Health Studies; a graduate program in Public Health; a graduate program in Infection, Immunity & Vaccine; and a new common health sciences curriculum.
  • A planned Inter-Professional Health Sciences Council.
  • Formation of several new health sciences research groups.
  • An effort to increase enrolment in the sciences.
  • A new Computer Engineering program.
  • Development of a New Media Centre.
  • Revision of biotechnology programming.
  • Major developments to boost environmental sciences programs.
  • Creation of combined degrees between Commerce and Arts & Science.
  • Development of entrepreneurship programs in Agriculture, Arts & Science, Engineering and Commerce.
  • Creation of graduate Commerce programs, perhaps including a PhD in Accounting.
  • Development of a plan for the commercial application of U of S research.
  • Development of new Aboriginal programming.
  • A revision of extension and outreach activities across campus.
  • Improvements to international programming, and creation of a new International Studies program and a Masters of International Trade program.
  • Development of a broadly based School of Public Policy.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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