Principal Woolf introduces Strategic Framework
By Craig Leroux, Senior Communications Officer
A Strategic Framework designed to advance the university’s vision as the quintessential “balanced academy” was presented by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf to the Board of Trustees at its meeting on March 7.
“Queen’s has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, but in these times of economic change, technological advance, and the globalization of education and knowledge, we cannot simply take that continued success for granted,” says Principal Woolf. “The Strategic Framework will help strengthen our reputation for a first-class student experience within a research-intensive environment, while helping us continue to measure our progress toward long-term financial sustainability.”
The framework, which will help guide the university’s decision making over the next five years, to 2019, comes after a period of significant strategic planning at Queen’s. It is closely aligned with the Academic Plan, the Strategic Research Plan, the new activity-based budget model and the university’s proposed mandate statement.
At the core of the framework are four priorities, or strategic drivers, that support the university’s vision: the student learning experience, research prominence, financial sustainability, and internationalization. The framework identifies a number of goals for each strategic driver, as well as a series of performance metrics to help gauge the university’s progress over the next five years.
“Each of the four strategic drivers is essential to the success of our balanced academy,” says Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “While the framework sets priorities, it is not prescriptive. Ultimately, it is up to each of the faculties and shared service units to identify the actions each of them will take to advance the university’s objectives and improve the metrics we measure ourselves by. Everyone has a role to play in the university’s success as we move forward.”
The Principal and Vice-Principals will review the Strategic Framework regularly over its five-year time frame and progress reports for the Queen’s community will be developed on an annual basis.