UFV 2025 — the 2016-20 UFV Education Plan Goals are finalized

Dear colleagues,

The votes are in and while almost every unit (there were a couple of exceptions) thought all the Goals were worthy, there were some clear favourites (Goals 1, 2, and 7).  There were also a number of criticisms that the Visioning Committee has tried to address.  These include the beliefs that some goals overlap with others and the goals are too wordy and not always clear.  So the Visioning Committee has taken your preferences and criticisms into account and rewritten the goals.  As planned, there are now five.  They will form the core of the UFV Education Plan, 2016-20.  Please see the document here.

As stated last fall, the institutional goals will be accomplished by setting and achieving institutional strategies at the Faculty/College, unit, and administrative levels.  Each Council, department and unit, therefore, will be responsible for developing the strategies each area will focus on over the next 5 years.

We are, therefore, now asking units throughout the institution—including the administrative support areas—the following questions: what would be the indicators that these institutional goal statements are true in 5 years in your area?  How will you get there?  The unit goals or strategies should be specific, observable, implementable, and measurable.  They should be sent to the Visioning Committee, by way of your Senior Administrator, by the end of February.  They will become appendices to the Education Plan.

We will finalize the Education Plan in early March.  It will then be brought to the March meeting of the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee for approval and recommendation to Senate.  In April, it will be brought to Senate for approval and recommendation to the Board of Governors.  In May, the Education Plan will proceed to the Board for final approval.

The five goals align with UFV 2025: A Vision for our Future.  They echo the recurring themes in submissions from students, staff, faculty, and administrators.  If achieved by the end of 2020, they will position us well to realize our vision for 2025.  Our collective, institution-wide commitment to achieve our goals will strengthen UFV.

Eric Davis on behalf of the UFV 2025 Visioning Committee

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What FIVE GOALS must UFV achieve?

The visioning exercise began with the question, What should UFV look like in 2025?  Your voices and your ideas have helped shape our answer: UFV 2025: A Vision for our Future. 

You can find this document at H:/Temp/UFV 2025.

The next step, creating the Education Plan, 2016-20 begins with the question:

What are the five goals that UFV must achieve from 2016-20 to set ourselves up for 2025?

Your involvement in developing the UFV 2025 Vision was essential. It is a first of its kind for UFV and it could not have happened without the support, creativity, and involvement of staff, students, faculty, and the local Fraser Valley community. We heard from you through presentations, department and unit submissions, forum discussions, an on-line “have your say,” a blog, comment walls, student focus groups, and student papers for a philosophy of education course. We listened to what you had to say. Thank you.  Your ideas are reflected in UFV 2025: A Vision for Our Future.

There are four commitments articulated in this vision:

In 2025, UFV will be:

  • a community and regionally based university.
  • a learner- and student-centred university.
  • a university of social and intellectual development that supports lifelong learning and engaged global citizenship.
  • a university in which learning drives the system and structure of the university, rather than the structure shaping the learning.

We now need to turn the four vision statements that comprise the UFV 2025 Vision into a set of 5 Education Goals for 2016–2020. Continuing in the same spirit, we will build these goals on your voices.

Eric Davis and the UFV 2025 Visioning Committee

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