Renewal of the strategic planning process has started and I am excited about this opportunity to work with you to renew UBC’s vision, mission and goals and to match priorities with budgetary decisions.
Last November I outlined in my Letter to the Community the importance of UBC as a global leader. Twenty years ago, we were a primarily provincial institution that has since become a player on the world stage, an institution with high standards and sound values.
UBC needs to take a further step to achieve global influence over the next decade. This involves the renewal of the strategic plan that began as TREK 2000 more than ten years ago. A renewed plan will help to establish strategic and aspirational goals that must then be linked to a budgeting process focused on supporting the overall vision — a call to action.
The process will involve all members of the extensive UBC community through a variety of means. Academic and operational units will be involved in the planning process for renewed academic and operational plans, and then will set unit goals based on the plan and the broader vision and university goals. In other words, planning in a university is of necessity both bottom-up and top-down. This type of planning takes time and more than a few iterations.
The consultation process will involve an online ‘question of the week’, blogs, focused consultations on specific issues, focus groups, discussions through existing structures such as student, faculty and staff associations, department meetings and the Committees of Deans.
I look forward to an interactive and engaging process over the coming year, with the renewed strategic plan in place in Fall 2009.
Prof. Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice Chancellor
The University of British Columbia