Proposed mandate statement builds on solid academic foundation
Queen’s has submitted its proposed mandate statement, vision and priority objectives as requested by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
“Our submission builds on the foundation of our recently approved Academic Plan and the Strategic Research Plan,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “We look forward to continuing our discussions with MTCU to ensure our proposed mandate and priority objectives align with Queen’s academic priorities and the government’s vision for the post-secondary education sector.”
The three priority objectives outlined in the Queen’s submission are:
• Expanded undergraduate credentials
• Developing 21st–century skills through experiential and entrepreneurial learning
• Expanded graduate credentials.
The MTCU has asked the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) to establish a peer review panel to assess each submission.
In late June, the MTCU also released a discussion paper on the future of post-secondary education which highlighted the Ontario government’s vision of putting students first, serving the needs of the new creative economy, and focusing on productivity, innovation and sustainability. The government encouraged feedback on the paper from stakeholders and held consultation sessions during the summer. The university consulted with students, faculty, staff and community representatives and launched a website to invite input. A synopsis of that feedback was submitted to the MTCU last week.
The proposed mandate statement, a letter to the Minister of the MTCU, and our community feedback to the discussion paper can be found on the Office of the Provost website.