Drafting a road map to UFV’s new normal

President's Blog

This week marks a month since UFV suspended face-to-face classroom instruction and started preparing to move instruction online. In a single month, our learning, our work, our routines have been transformed – so much so that we now refer to this state as the “new normal.” And I’m inspired by the collective efforts of UFV … Read more

The importance of community

Hello everyone, When I first joined UFV and moved to the Fraser Valley, I knew immediately that I had come to a very special place. People here take the idea of community seriously. There’s a sense of connection, responsibility, and possibility that binds us to this place and to each other. And with the health … Read more

Convocation 2020 postponed

President's Blog

Dear colleagues, Convocation is one of my favourite days of the academic year and I know how much it means to you to watch our graduates cross the stage. UFV wants to make sure we honour and celebrate students’ achievements in ceremonial fashion in front of our community. From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, … Read more

Let’s champion our values

UFV Coat of Arms

A year ago, I was writing to you with the message of “A University Is Its People”, emphasizing your role in our important work and our ever-changing digital learning environment. As I write in my second year as President, I marvel at how quickly time flies by and I’m thinking about the critical role each … Read more

New values, mission, and vision for UFV

UFV Coat of Arms

Dear Colleagues, Last fall, UFV embarked on a community-wide conversation about our future – specifically, about reshaping and redefining our organizational values, mission, and vision. Thank you for your input. It has been consistent, intelligent, thoughtful (and thought provoking), and heartfelt. The steering committee and the working group have engaged university stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, … Read more

A University is its People – Part 2

Dr. Joanne MacLean

COLLEGIAL GOVERNANCE Collegiality must be a watchword for all of us. At its best, collegial decision-making engages everyone’s views, insights, and experience. Importantly, academic matters come from within the Senate or academic units and find their way back to the Senate. Formally, under the University Act, and for UFV, collegiality is the role of faculty … Read more