Academic Plan GFC Presentation March 21, 2011


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Academic Plan GFC Presentation March 21, 2011

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