University of Calgary

Improving the student experience

UToday HomeJune 20, 2012

Photo by Riley BrandtCampus gets involved with the Academic Plan. Photo by Riley BrandtThe Students’ Union and the campus community in general are talking about the University of Calgary’s new Academic Plan and how they can be involved in achieving its objectives.

“I’m pleased by the level of discussion that is happening around the plan,” says Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic).

Since the launch of the Academic Plan, the Provost has been meeting with faculty groups and others to talk about its priorities.

“Our success in reaching our destination depends on everyone understanding that the Academic Plan is their roadmap and actively participating in its success,” says Marshall. “When we talk about engagement at the university, I think we’re looking at the product of people being consulted and sharing a common vision.”

“The administration has set out an impressive roadmap towards achieving top five by 2016, says Hardave Birk, president of the Students’ Union. “As undergrads we are glad that the university is concentrating on leadership and sustainability, as well as the need to continue to attract talented academics to our institution.”

Birk adds, “I appreciate that the focus on study space, connection to the community and alumni connections will only improve student experience. While the increased administrative management required to achieve all this concerns me, I believe our Provost has the resolve to achieve this plan and I'm excited to work with the university to find the proper balance in resources to make it possible.”

Marshall and Jonathan (Jake) Gebert, vice-president (finance and services) are developing a high-level conceptual framework and process to address resource issues. They are planning to consult the campus community about the framework, which will include getting feedback about a new budget model. More information about the consultation will be shared with the campus community shortly.

“If we think a recommendation in the Academic Plan is critical because it enhances the student experience, then we will find the resources to make it happen,” says Marshall. “We want our students to have positive, life-altering experiences.”

The Academic Plan is the roadmap for attaining the Eyes High vision by 2016, and students, faculty, staff and alumni all have a role in achieving the vision.