The online community consultation period ran from June 8 until June 28, 2021. Stay tuned for a report on the input we received from our UM community.
Invitation to participate
Building on our Strategic Plan
In imagining the path to set forward for our University, we remain committed to academic and research excellence, an accessible, inclusive and supportive environment on our campuses, and engagement and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities. We continue in our commitment to consulting with our entire UM community for strategic direction.
The University’s mission, vision, values and the current Strategic Plan Taking Our Place 2015-2020 will continue to guide us.
Our work will build on the pillars in Taking Our Place 2015-2020:
Inspiring Minds through innovative and quality teaching
- Driving Discovery and insight through excellence in research, scholarly work and other creative activities
- Creating Pathways to Indigenous achievement
- Building Community that creates an outstanding learning and working environment
- Forging Connections to foster high impact community engagement
Our success also continues to be supported by, and build on, the success of the Front and Centre campaign and enhanced by big, bold ideas to inspire the highest levels of philanthropic support for our academic, research, and engagement mission.
The online consultation process will solicit input from our academics, students, staff, administrators, retirees, and alumni, the Board of Governors, and from the wider community on several areas of focus across the pillars of Taking Our Place.
These focus areas will bridge to a robust strategic planning process with broad community engagement, leading to the introduction of a new plan in 2023.
The following goals and potential actions have emerged as focus areas for the next 18 months, based on a series of engagement sessions held by the President and Provost. Our community is being consulted on the prioritization and achievability of the goals, and for any additional feedback.
To engage in post-COVID planning for teaching, learning, research and work
These are some proposed actions to address the goal of post-COVID planning:
- Develop a robust plan including a comprehensive evaluation of lessons learned from the past year+
- Restart/renew research programs affected by COVID
- Establish a sustainable, barrier-free, and flexible learning model
- Enhance and support graduate student success
- Respond to the impacts of COVID on faculty career progression (including research programs, tenure, promotion, research leaves)
- Embrace a Wellness Strategy for students, faculty, and staff (including mental health)
- Establish a remote work pilot project
- Retain and support undergraduate and graduate students
To enhance experiential learning opportunities for all students
These are some proposed actions in the area of experiential learning:
- Develop an Experiential Learning Centre to oversee the coordination of our experiential learning experiences
- Develop microcredential offerings (including life-long learning, certificate programs, credit and non-credit programs, etc.)
- Highlight and track the experiential learning opportunities available for students (including co-curricular, coop, field study, research opportunities etc.)
To further our commitment to Indigenous achievement and engagement
These are some proposed actions in the area of Indigenous achievement and engagement:
- Implement recommendations emerging from the Indigenous Leadership Report
- Continue to develop an institutional Reconciliation Action Plan
- Highlight and track our responsiveness and actions of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the 231 Calls for Justice of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry
- Provide cultural training and education for students, faculty, and staff
- Retain and support undergraduate and graduate Indigenous students
To further our commitment to an accessible, equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus
Below are some proposed actions in the area of accessibility and EDI:
- Implement the recommendations emerging from the EDI report
- Develop a university-wide anti-racism strategy