University of Calgary

Project Next update

UToday HomeJune 28, 2011

I am very pleased to share some great news with the community. Project Next, the university’s strategic planning process that was launched last year, has reached a successful conclusion following input from and consultation with thousands of faculty, staff and students on campus, and many people in the broader community of Calgary.

The final draft of the strategy statement and summary document was enthusiastically approved two weeks ago by General Faculties Council, and last week by the Board of Governors. The document provides strategic direction for the university for the next five years, and gives us all a framework within which to build individual faculty, research, and departmental plans.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the most extensive consultation process the university has ever undertaken. Thanks to your input, we have an inspirational strategy summary for the University of Calgary, built on the entire community’s vision. Working together, we will now build upon past achievements to realize our future as a nationally and internationally-recognized university in a great global city

Special thanks to Dr. Keith Dobson for his masterful leadership in guiding this initiative; to Dr. Jim Dewald, associate dean (graduate programs), Haskayne School of Business and Dr. Loren Falkenberg, associate professor in the Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics Area at the Haskayne School of Business, for their outstanding work in the planning and consultation strategies; and to the entire Steering Committee for their dedication in seeing Project Next through to its successful conclusion.

In September, when everyone is back from summer hiatus, we will formally celebrate and launch Project Next with our communities both inside and outside the university. We will also begin to discuss how the strategy statement and summary document get put into action. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Thanks again for everyone’s hard work in creating a vision that truly belong to us all.

Elizabeth Cannon
President and Vice-Chancellor