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Participation surpasses 10,000 for Energizing Eyes High consultation

President Cannon thanks university community for thoughtful, extensive input
December 5, 2016
The roving booth provided one of the channels for the campus community to participate in the Energizing Eyes High consultation process. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

The roving booth provided one of the channels for the campus community to participate in the Energizing Eyes High consultation process. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary 

Since mid-September, the university community has been sharing input to energize the Eyes High strategy for 2017-2022. This consultation process wrapped up last week and now the Energizing Eyes High team is busy analyzing input from focus groups, a survey, weekly polls, roving booths and emails, as well as an environmental scan of internal and external reports and strategies.

Total participation in the Energizing Eyes High consultation process was 10,342, more than two and a half times that of Project Next when the original Eyes High strategy was developed in 2011.

“I would like to thank everyone who took time to share their ideas on the future of our university during the consultation process this fall,” says President Elizabeth Cannon. “One of the most exciting things about our Eyes High journey is how it’s brought our community together in a shared sense of pride and accomplishment. Achieving this high level of engagement is extremely valuable as we work to draft an energized Eyes High strategy that is driven by input from the university community.”   

The consultation reflects feedback from the broad university community: undergraduate and graduate students; faculty; staff groups including AUPE, MaPS and the senior leadership team; postdoctoral scholars; alumni; Board; Senate; and community leaders.

“I am so pleased to see that views from our important stakeholder groups were shared during the consultation process,” says Cannon. “I am grateful to the members of the Strategic Oversight Committee who helped promote engagement opportunities to their members and continue to serve as champions of this important strategic initiative.”

Poll results

All 11 weekly polls were re-opened last week. See the final results.

Congratulations to the winners

Anyone who completed the online survey or participated in a focus group was eligible to enter a draw for one of 10 iPad Pros. The random draw for the iPad Pros from focus group and survey participants will be held Dec. 5. Winners will be notified and can pick up their prizes this week. Students were also eligible for weekly draws for $10 Mac Hall food vouchers, with a 50 per cent chance of winning. Congratulations to the 424 weekly draw winners.

What happens next?

Once the consultation feedback is analyzed, a refined strategic direction will move through our governance bodies for approval — the General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors — before it is launched in spring 2017.

Questions? Email eyeshigh@ucalgary.ca.