A new era dawns for Algoma University as it enters the implementation phase of the recently completed 2016 – 2021 Strategic Plan. The plan, which was approved at the June 2016 Board of Governors meeting, identifies priorities for the University over the next five years.
“I am very pleased with the results of the consultation process that led to the development of this Strategic Plan. We now have a clear set of objectives to guide our work as academics and administrators over the next five years,” said Dr. Craig Chamberlin, President and Vice Chancellor of Algoma University. “The new Strategic Plan is ambitious in nature, it encompasses all aspects of university life and it has students at its core. I am extremely excited to lead my colleagues in the implementation of this plan.”
The 2016-2021 Strategic Plan emerged from an extensive consultation process that occurred between January and May 2016. The Strategic Plan Facilitation Team, led by Dr. Pedro Antunes, Professor of Biology, received input from over 500 internal and external stakeholders through a series of consultation sessions and online questionnaires.
“As a Board, we are sincerely appreciative of the time our elders, students, faculty, staff, internal and community partners, alumni and administration have taken to ensure that the many voices have been heard throughout our strategic planning process,” stated Board Chair Asima Vezina. “The commitment the university community made over the last several months to engage in this process is ultimately what has led to a plan that is bold, exciting, innovative and transformative in nature. It is through the realization of this plan, and the partnership work it entails, that we will ensure an exciting future ahead for Algoma University. I would be remiss if our Board did not articulate a special thank you to the Facilitation Team for designing such an inclusive process; your efforts, expertise, leadership and commitment throughout has been exceptional!”
The plan identifies five strategic objectives that will be the focus of the University over the next five years: campus culture, vibrant programs, research and innovation, Anishinaabe inendamowin, and institutional excellence.
The plan also features a new vision and mission statement. Algoma University’s new mission and vision statement are to “provide a first-class university education in Northern Ontario” while “offer[ing] a transformative education through a student-centred approach to teaching and learning.”