In 2016, students, faculty, staff, Board and Senate members, alumni and community members responded to the university’s request to help energize the Eyes High strategy for 2017-22 and shape the future of the university. Earlier that year, the university began defining and gathering stakeholder input on the process, principles, governance and support structures required to guide the consultation process. Faculty members in the Haskayne School of Business built a strategy-planning process designed to be educational, inclusive, collaborative, leveraged, focused and inspirational. The process reflected President Elizabeth Cannon’s commitment to undertaking a thoughtful, authentic consultation that will yield an effective and meaningful outcome. It focused on engaging students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community leaders in a range of activities guided by the following principles:
- Educational – internal and external communities are made aware of the progress of the current Eyes High strategic vision and key achievements to date are celebrated
- Inclusive – key internal and external stakeholders are actively engaged in a transparent process
- Collaborative and consultative – stakeholders are working towards the good of the institution as a whole
- Leveraged – appropriate engagement opportunities are utilized to integrate input and ideas
- Aspirational but grounded – there is a free flow of ideas but there are ground rules in place
- Inspirational – internal and external communities are reinvigorated and recommitted to the energized Eyes High strategy and the University of Calgary as a whole.
A Strategic Oversight Committee brought together key campus stakeholders who provided the overall strategic direction to the consultation process, communication strategy, feedback themes, document drafts, approval process and final strategy. A Secretariat group provided operational resource support for the Strategic Oversight Committee.