FAQ

1. What does the name Place and Promise mean?

Go to From the President to read Professor Stephen Toope’s message on the meaning of Place and Promise.

2. Why is Place and Promise a website?

Place and Promise is a living document. It will continue to evolve in order to adapt to changing conditions and to ensure that the University upholds its commitments. The online platform provides the necessary flexibility for that, as well as for interactivity with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who may wish to contribute to the plan over time. It also allows for easy and transparent reporting to the UBC community.

3. Can I get a print version?

Yes. The President’s Office printed a small quantity for distribution at the 2009 Blue and Gold Revue, to the Development office, and to each of the academic and administrative units. If you would like a copy, download a PDF from this site, or contact Patricia Stevens in the President’s Office.

4. Does Place and Promise replace the Trek documents?

Trek will always have a place in UBC’s history, both as a historic act that led to the University’s creation and as a series of strategic plans that took us from a good provincial university to a world-class institution.

Place and Promise is about what happens next, about all that may yet be accomplished, and about how we accomplish it together. It offers a vision of a globally strong UBC with teaching and learning, research excellence, and service to the world at its core.

5. Who wrote Place and Promise?

The writing of Place and Promise was the task of the whole UBC community, and the plan can trace the selection and wording of its vision, values, and commitments back to specific comments and suggestions made by thousands of participants in an 18-month process.

6. Was the external community consulted?

Yes. The external community was surveyed several times, and invited to participate in weekly online polls throughout the drafting process.

7. How does UBC Okanagan fit into the plan?

Place and Promise is for the whole of UBC. As a relatively new campus, UBC Okanagan will apply the commitments to the needs of the particular communities it serves, focusing on those that allow it to build on its unique strengths.

To learn more about how UBC Okanagan will implement Place and Promise, go to Unit Plans and click on UBC Okanagan. Also, as you visit each Commitment page, you’ll find dedicated UBC Okanagan contacts, links, and initiatives.

8. Which of the nine commitments are UBC’s immediate priorities?

Student Learning, Research Excellence and Community Engagement are UBC’s core commitments, and the remaining six will be where the University places its focus over the next several years. In each area, there will be measurable activity that will help UBC meet its vision. Faculties, departments, or units will place a different emphasis on each commitment based on their needs and approved initiatives.

9. What are mid-level and unit plans?

Place and Promise is made up of three components: 1) the high-level plan consisting of vision, values, commitments, goals, and actions; 2) a mid-level strategy detailing how the University will implement each commitment; and 3) strategic plans for each academic and administrative unit on both campuses, outlining their specific strategies and priorities for the next 3-5 years along with how their plan reflects and upholds Place and Promise.

10. Where do I find Faculty or Department plans?

Go to Unit Plans and click on the Faculty whose plan you wish to review. If their plan is not yet listed, please contact the individual Faculty to inquire further about their strategic plan. Subscribe to RSS feeds so that you’ll know when new information has been added to the site.

11. Where do I find the administration’s plans?

Go to Unit Plans and click on the administrative unit whose plan you wish to review. If their plan is not yet listed, please contact the individual unit to inquire further about their strategic plan. Subscribe to RSS feeds so that you’ll know when new information has been added to the site.

12. How will I know whether UBC is on track with the plan?

At the end of each year, the President’s Office will post a report on this site, detailing the University’s progress against a detailed series of measures. Subscribe to RSS feeds so that you’ll know when new information has been added to the site.

13. How can I learn more about each of the commitments?

Go to The UBC Plan and click on Commitments, Goals, and Actions. Choose the commitment you want to explore. Use the links provided on each commitment page to take you deeper into the topic. This website is not intended to be an exhaustive presentation of each commitment topic, but rather a portal through which to begin your explorations. Subscribe to RSS feeds so that you’ll know when new information has been added to the site.

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