Academic VP

Academic Plan


ConferenceImageSaint Mary’s University has a compelling vision with its focus on accessibility, community engagement and global citizenry – a local to global engagement. The Academic Plan is intended as a statement of the priorities of the Academy in support of the academic vision of Saint Mary’s University and reflects how Saint Mary’s University sees itself in meeting the needs of society. It also reflects the distinctiveness of Saint Mary’s University in relation to other universities and educational institutions. While not an implementation plan, the Academic Plan serves in guiding the Academy and the Administration in discussions regarding allocation of resources in support of the academic mission. Our collective success in achieving the mission of the University is dependent on high levels of cooperation and coordination among all units within the University.

Strategic priorities for teaching, research, human resources, finance, space, building, advancement and other services must align with the University mission driven by a collaborative vision for the Academy.

Saint Mary’s University has a compelling vision with its focus on accessibility, community engagement and global citizenry – a local to global engagement. The Academic Plan is intended as a statement of the priorities of the Academy in support of the academic vision of Saint Mary’s University and reflects how Saint Mary’s University sees itself in meeting the needs of society. It also reflects the distinctiveness of Saint Mary’s University in relation to other universities and educational institutions. While not an implementation plan, the Academic Plan serves in guiding the Academy and the Administration in discussions regarding allocation of resources in support of the academic mission. Our collective success in achieving the mission of the University is dependent on high levels of cooperation and coordination among all units within the University. Strategic priorities for teaching, research, human resources, finance, space, building, advancement and other services must align with the University mission driven by a collaborative vision for the Academy.

The process for renewal of Saint Mary's University academic plan began in the Fall of 2010 and engaged faculty, students, staff and external partners in discussions around the direction Saint Mary's University should undertake over the next five years. Those consultations helped to define both the opportunities and challenges facing the university which are described in the plan. They also reaffirmed Saint Mary's University as characterized by its accessibility, diversity and innovation, committed to liberal education, supportive of applied and professional learning, and valuing research, creative activity and graduate studies.

The 2012-2017 plan renews the university's previous 3-year academic plan and focuses on: enhancing student learning through excellence in teaching; student success; linking theory to practice; continued emphasis on research, creative activity and graduate studies; the development of thematic clusters of teaching and research; and enhancing the university's international diversity. A Senate Committee will be formed to undertake implementation of the plan. As well, with the approval of the academic plan, the university's strategic research plan will be updated to reflect the substantial growth in research and graduate studies at the university.

Gratitude is extended to all who have given of their valuable time to provide comments that will help Saint Mary’s University in continuing its mission of exemplary academic service.

We welcome your questions and feedback at vpacademic@smu.ca.