Laurier Brantford opened its doors in 1999 with 39 full time students, one building, one academic program, and two full-time faculty. Since then it has experienced significant growth in student numbers, buildings, academic program offerings, and services for students. This growth has been achieved largely as a result of the support and valued partnerships with the Brantford community. Our last strategic plan, titled Century Strategic Plan Laurier Brantford was developed in 2005 and was intended as a contribution to the Laurier Century Plan and as a road map for the next stage of development. Many of the goals set out in 2005 plan were achieved, and in some areas exceeded well within the timeframe set out. With ongoing development of the Brantford campus and changes at Laurier as a whole, it is necessary to begin the next strategic planning process.
Laurier Brantford marked a decade in Brantford in 2009, and in 2011, Laurier celebrated its centenary, providing an opportunity to celebrate the past and to look forward to the next 100 years. At Laurier Brantford, this coincided with a new strategic planning process looking forward to the next five years and building on the concept of a multi-campus university. The University’s Vision, and Mission, and Guiding Principles provided a starting point for these discussions, as did the Presidential Task Force on Multi-Campus Governance, the Academic Plan, and the Campus Master Plan.
Laurier Brantford is uniquely situated in a City and community which values partnerships, growth. and re-development of the downtown core. Laurier Brantford is increasing the breadth of program development with graduate courses, new undergraduate degrees, and the beginning of science programs. With increases in student numbers projected to continue, greater demands will be placed on the existing infrastructure, and the further expansion of it, to support teaching, research, and student life. Our students live and study in the downtown and play an important part of the life of university and community. The goal of nurturing and supporting our diverse student body remains critical to the success of both institution and community.
Our faculty, staff, and students are important. They are dedicated to making the University and the city a better place in which to work and live, cherishing a vibrant community where the values of social justice, sustainability, reciprocity and creativity are prominent. Our Aboriginal community, specifically the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississauga of the New Credit, are important partners in the achievement of educational outcomes and in support of intellectual, social and cultural development of our First Nations students.
Looking Ahead: Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus Strategic Plan 2012 -2017 presents the seven key priority areas for Laurier Brantford over the next five years. These are: Promoting Laurier in the Grand Erie Region; Providing Quality Academic Programming and Scholarship; Ensuring Exceptional Student and Alumni Experiences; Connecting our People; Deepening Relationships with Aboriginal Communities; Strengthening Community Partnerships; and Building Infrastructure. In the next stage of the process, these priority areas will have associated action plans which will be developed and implemented. In achieving these goals, Laurier Brantford will be able to reach the targets outlined in the Campus Master Plan and create a vibrant campus of Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford.