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Academic Plan GFC Presentation March 21, 2011 Academic Plan GFC Presentation March 21, 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • Dare to Deliver 2011-2015The Academic Plan for the University of Alberta
  • Vision
    Dare to Discover
    Academic Plan
    Dare to Deliver Dare to Deliver 2011-2015 
    Cornerstone alignment:
    Talented PeopleLearning, Discovery and CitizenshipConnecting CommunitiesTransformational Organization and Support
    NB: New UofA Logo and Identity
  • Development of the new Academic Plan
    2009: preliminary phase
    Provost and VP(R) teamsSenior Administration Retreat 2009
    2009/10: consultation phase
    GFC committees, Senate, APO SummitSU, GSA, COSA, AlumniDeans, Chairs, URPC, AASUA, NASA
  • Spring & Summer 2010: writing draft phase
    Provost Team develop Resource documents
    Academic Team write first draftVetted at Senior Admin Retreat 2010Revised draft sent to Campus Community
    Fall 2010: response to draft phase
    Faculty Councils, SU, GSA, COSA, AlumniGFC committees, Deans, Chairs, BLDC
    January –March, 2011: approval route
    As noted on GFC Outline of the Issue
  • Academic Plan Resource Documents
    • Aboriginal
    • Framework for the Great Research Library
    • Human Health Initiative
    • International
    • IT Campus of the Future: Mobile, connected community
    • Northern Strategy
    • Student Engagement
    • Integrating Sustainability into the Academic Experience
    • Submissions from the SU and GSA
  • Academic Plan Writing Team & Resource Group
    Marc Arnal Betsy Boone
    George Pavlich Jillian Buriak
    Frank Robinson James Eastham
    Leah Trueblood Sarah Forgie
    Florence Glanfield
    Carol Cass Brenda Leskiw
    Jason Cobb Danielle Peers
    André Plourde Christopher Skappak
    Colleen Skidmore Cynthia Strawson-Fawcett
    Rory Tighe
    George Thomlison
    • Dare to Discover continues
    • Dare to Deliver is the response of the two academic
    Vice-Presidents to Dare to Discover
    • Fiscal restraint limits our ability to invest new funds
    on the margin
    • Focus is on the quality of the learning environment
    within the University
    • Commission members of the academy to
    Write the draft Academic Plan
    React, help edit, the Academic Plan
  • Highlights of the New Academic Plan
    Talented People
    “The essence of the academy is its people...”
    Welcome Centre, Leadership & Professional Development
    Learning, Discovery & Citizenship
    “...learning, discovery and citizenship encompass our essential work.”Undergrad Research, Attributes and Competencies, Research Constellations, Big Questions
  • Connecting Communities
    Connected in land/history to aboriginal peoples, in place to Alberta/Canada, in research to the world.
    Transformational Organization & Support
    CCIS, Edmonton Clinic-Health AcademyHelmholtz-Alberta initiative, ‘umbrella research initiatives’IT improvements, Sustainable campus, Library of Record
  • What are we doing?
    What are near term expected results?
  • “The Year of IT”
    Learning Management: Moodle
    E-mail: UofA Google
    Wireless upgrade
    Develop mobile apps
    Improved Teaching Environment: upgrading remaining 117 centrally-scheduled classrooms
    Security/Encryption: all mobile devices with sensitive/confidential UofA material
    Rebuilding the Digital Environment
    All above being done with no new money.
  • Rebuilding the Digital Environment 
    In support of Dare to Discover,
    A system-wide approach to the attraction, retention and development of highly qualified personnel, the UofA kicks off a 3-year initiative in Fiscal 2011 to build, enhance and advance our digital learning environment.
  • Academic Policy and Process Review Task Force (APPR TF)
    Example projects:
    International transfer credit
    Other transfer credit issues:
    Identifying barriers to transfer students coming to the UofA
    Streamlining internal transfer credit processes
    Results of the RO’s admissions process review
  • Assessment and Grading
    [aka Professor Luth’s project]
    Provost Fall 2009: “do we grade on the curve?”
    CLE member: “should we grade on the curve?”
    Environmental scan (spring 2010) says “sometimes we do...”
    Moving policy to UAPPOL – take opportunity to discuss why we assess and define principles of fair assessment – form basis of renewed policy.
    Group now work on draft policy for circulation and consultation.
  • Student Life
    Co-curricular experiences for globalization
    Additional Student Counsellors
    Student Spaces
    Physical Activity & Wellness Centre (PAWC)
  • Plans to expand undergraduate research activities
    to increase opportunities for students to get first hand experience of research
    Undergraduate Research Initiative
    Model of Roger S Smith Undergraduate Research Awards
  • Big Projects/Constellations:
    • Energy
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Food
    • Water
    • Arts Scholar in Residence at NINT
    Current and Emerging Research Initiatives