Academic Plan GFC Presentation March 21, 2011Presentation 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
Framework for the Great Research Library
Human Health Initiative
IT Campus of the Future: Mobile, connected community
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 Context
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 Sustainability 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