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Overview and Objectives

Laurier is embarking on a consultative process to develop a five-year strategic plan (2019-2024) to guide the university’s priorities. The objectives of the planning process are to:

  • Create an institutional strategic plan that synthesizes and builds on existing (Strategic Mandate Agreement, Strategic Academic Plan, Strategic Research Plan, etc.) and emerging institutional priorities and brings life to the university’s strategic directions.
  • Lay out a bold, inspirational, and aspirational institutional vision for the next five years (2019-2024) that informs unit-level planning and priority-setting.

This will be accomplished through a planning process that focuses on engaging and energizing key internal and external stakeholder groups, in alignment with the university’s mission and values.

Structure

The university’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT) (i.e. the president, vice-presidents and senior executive officer, Brantford) will provide strategic oversight and support to the planning process as sponsors of the project.

The plan will be presented to the Senate and Board of Governors for approval.

Steering Committee

A Steering Committee will lead the research and consultation process, and the development of the plan. The membership of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee will consist of the following 28 members:

  • The president and vice-chancellor who shall chair the committee;
  • The provost and vice-president, Academic;
  • Three external members of the Board of Governors (i.e. not Laurier employees or students), appointed by the Chair of the Board;
  • One member holding the office of the dean, university librarian, or associate vice-president, Teaching and Learning (appointed by the provost and vice-president, Academic);
  • One member holding the office of Dean of Students (appointed by ELT)
  • Three members holding the position of assistant vice-president (AVP) from any administrative unit, or chief information officer (appointed by ELT);
  • The senior advisor, Indigenous Initiatives;
  • One undergraduate student from the Brantford campus, appointed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union;
  • One undergraduate student from the Waterloo campus, appointed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union;
  • One graduate student, appointed by the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association;
  • Two staff representatives of the Board of Governors;
  • One representative from the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association, appointed by the president of the association;
  • One representative from Martin Luther University College, appointed by the principal-dean;
  • Nine full-time faculty/librarian members, elected by the University Faculty Council:
    • With at least one from each of the following academic units: Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Human and Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Library, Music, Science, and Social Work; and
    • At least two representatives from Senate; and
  • One contract academic staff member elected by the University Faculty Council.

The executive assistant to the president will serve as the committee secretary, and the director of the Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor will serve as the project manager.

Resource Group

The Resource Group will provide subject matter and operational expertise to support the work of the steering committee. The membership will be fluid based on project needs and phasing. For more information, please contact Sheldon Pereira, Resource Group chairperson and director, Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor, at spereira@wlu.ca.

Consultation

The Steering Committee will begin meeting in October. It will identify and create opportunities for stakeholder consultation. This section will be updated at that time to include information on how to participate.

Project Progress

Timelines and project progress will be updated on a regular basis.

Tentative timeline:

  • September 2018: Establish and populate committees.
  • October 2018: Steering committee begins meeting.
  • October 2018: Stakeholder consultations begin.
  • January 2019: Iterative strategic plan development.
  • February 2019: Mid-project update to Senate and Board of Governors.
  • May 2019: Approval of Senate.
  • June 2019: Approval of Board of Governors.
  • September 2019: Implementation.

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