Welcome to Capilano University’s Academic Planning Process!

As Capilano University approaches its fiftieth anniversary as a post-secondary institution, it seems appropriate to reflect on our academic history, take stock of our academic trajectory, and look ahead with our first academic plan.  This plan will provide a roadmap for the next four years, and establish a basis for the next fifty.  It will be consistent with Cap’s mission and vision, our learning outcomes and core themes, and our commitment to excellence in student learning and student success.

This website will be the most consistent and visible public face for the academic planning process, providing up-to-date information about the academic plan as it develops from idea into action.  The purpose of this website is three-fold:
  • Provide background information on our academic planning process to the Capilano University community (broadly defined);
  • Gather as much information as possible (from students, staff, faculty, others) so as to make informed and thoughtful choices about our academic plan, and;
  • Establish a venue for sharing a wide variety of materials, gathered from across the university and beyond, as they become available.

This will be Cap’s first university academic plan, and as such it will set the tone and help define priorities for all academic programming to follow.  Because of its importance our planning process will span the entire 2013-2014 academic year; this will include information gathering during the fall, and a drafting/redrafting process during the spring. 

We will use a number of strategies to gather input from the academic community.  The first will involve direct invitation to stakeholder groups, academic units, and key individuals—these are being asked to offer input from their various constituencies so as to provide a coherent voice.  We will also be asking for input from government and community leaders.  But the most direct, grassroots approach will be through this website, where individuals may submit materials, documents, spreadsheets, thoughts, ideas, and more.

In approaching the challenge of crafting an academic plan there are a number of possible starting points.  In the prompting document available on this website there is a list of academic plan categories that begin to indicate the possible scope of this endeavor.  This document also includes questions that might be useful in thinking about the kind of institution we want to be, the kind of community we want to cultivate, and the kind of learning we hope to achieve.  Those questions are: Who will come to Cap?; Why will they come to Cap?; How will Cap prepare them?, and; How will they describe Cap to others? 

The information-gathering period will continue through December 15th 2013.  What follows will be an iterative process of plan drafting (based on materials received), consultation, redrafting, and more consultation.  A committee of administrators, faculty, staff, and students will be struck to collaborate on the drafting process, and multiple open forums will be held early in the calendar year.  The Vice President Academic and Provost will coordinate this entire process, and he will present a final academic plan to the Capilano University Senate and Board of Governors for review and approval.