Academic Planning Process
August 10, 2012 Dean’s Memo to the UTM Community about UTM Academic Planning
I am writing to you give you an update about our progress as a community with respect to academic planning. As you know, academic planning is an opportunity for us to assess how well we are doing and to identify opportunities for change and improvement with respect to all aspects of our academic enterprise from our students’ academic experience to our research endeavours and co-curricular initiatives.
The planning process began, in accordance with University guidelines, with the formation of an Academic Planning Committee to help guide us through this process. As a first step we developed a draft set of values to guide academic planning. This draft was shared with the UTM community at Town Halls and on our website. Feedback received helped us develop the values that are guiding us through the planning process. At the same time, each academic unit engaged in a consultative process to develop its own assessment of the present and goals for the future, and the Academic Planning Committee gave feedback on draft unit plans.
The UTM Academic Plan is presented in response to each of the values that are guiding our planning. It reflects not only these values but also the individual plans of our academic units, and input received from faculty, staff, librarians, alumni and students.
Town Hall Meetings have been scheduled to give interested UTM community members the opportunity to discuss the draft UTM Academic Plan, available on this website. Three meetings have been booked. In an effort to ensure that all members of the UTM community have an opportunity to have their voices heard, the first will be aimed primarily at staff, the second primarily at students, and the third primarily at faculty and librarians. While anyone can attend any of the meetings, and alumni and community members are particularly welcome at any of the three, at the town hall dedicated to staff, with the exception of alumni and community members, staff members will be given first priority to speak, and similar priority will be given to students and then faculty and librarians at the town halls aimed primarily at them.
Fall 2012 Town Halls on UTM Academic Planning
Wednesday, Sept. 5th, Town Hall (primarily for Staff) - 10:00 – 11:30 am, Council Chambers (DV 3130)
Friday, Sept. 28th, Town Hall (primarily for Students)- 11:00-1:00pm, Faculty Club (DV 3140)
Tuesday, Oct. 9th, Town Hall (primarily for Faculty and Librarians) - 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Council Chambers (DV 3130)
I look forward to continuing to work with you in this important phase of our academic life as a campus and community.
Vice Principal Academic and Dean
University of Toronto Mississauga