Under the leadership of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, academic planning in 2018/19 will build on the theme of transition and new beginnings. At the heart of this initiative is the Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Academic Action Plan. The University has an opportunity to examine the structure and programming that has supported its success for the past 25 years, and make changes that will allow it to flourish in the short-term, and set the course for future growth and success. The members of this Committee will play a pivotal role in advising on long-term strategies which will help shape the University’s academy of the future.
In the Academic Action Plan – Final Recommendations document, there is a clear and strong call for the University to provide an organizational structure that:
“supports creativity, flexibility, and the interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration that will allow UNBC to respond to opportunities that fit our unique skills and assets.”
The work required to act on this recommendation is significant. It will involve considerable effort, collaboration, and collegiality of faculty, staff, students, and others. In-depth conversations about academic programs and strong input from faculty are essential throughout this process. It is important that the University remain flexible and seize opportunities to create an enhanced learning and research environment. The University must also develop a budget and information management system to support and enhance this work.
In keeping with the highly participatory planning and broad-based consultation process, access to the detailed progress of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Academic Action Plan and the endorsed 2017 Academic Action Plan can be reviewed on the Academic Planning SharePoint site.