Roadmap to reach top five by 2016: Introducing the academic plan
After last fall’s launch of Eyes High, work began in earnest on an academic plan, the foundational piece and essential component for reaching the University of Calgary’s goal to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, fully engaging the communities we both serve and lead. Provost and Vice-President Dru Marshall and Vice-President (Research) Ed McCauley designed a process for maximum campus participation and led the wide consultation to develop the academic plan. The result is a bold, yet concrete plan with seven high-level academic priorities and recommendations for action within each of these priority areas: talent attraction, development and retention; teaching and research integration; interdisciplinarity; leadership; internationalization; connection with community; and sustainability. The academic plan takes the overarching strategic goal of Eyes High and breaks it down into steps that can be achieved through the full involvement of students, faculty and staff. It is the University of Calgary’s comprehensive roadmap for our journey to reach the top five by 2016.