September 4, 2014: Capilano University releases its first Academic Plan

      Academic Plan sets foundation for three-year Strategic Plan to be developed this fall

      September 4, 2014 (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) — Capilano University has adopted its first Academic Plan, developed through an extensive, year-long community consultation. The Academic Plan highlights Capilano’s strengths and opportunities to excel, and charts a course for institutional renewal that will enable the University to remain sustainable in the changing post-secondary landscape.

      “The Academic Plan is a significant milestone in Capilano’s history and serves as the foundation for the development of our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. The strategic plan development process will begin immediately and will help Capilano to define its unique place in higher education in B.C. and Canada,” said Kris Bulcroft, Capilano University President.

      The consultation process for the Academic Plan sought input from the Capilano University Alumni Association, Capilano Students’ Union, Capilano University Faculty Association, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees union; all Faculties and academic units; and the wider North Shore community. A University Senate subcommittee of student, staff, faculty and administration representatives drafted the plan which was unanimously adopted by the Board of Governors and Senate.

      “The Academic Plan is the first step in reimagining Cap’s future. The strategic planning process that follows will continue to be collaborative and lead to the collective transformation of learning, teaching, and academic work at Capilano University,” stresses Rick Gale, Capilano University Vice President Academic and Provost.

      “Every decision of the university impacts students. That’s why students embraced the opportunity to be involved in the development of the Academic Plan, and we look forward to participating in the strategic planning process as well,” said Natahsha Prakash, the Capilano University Senate student representative.

      When adopted in November, the new 2015-2018 Strategic Plan will articulate the elements that are integral to the defining experiences of a Capilano education; and will identify changes required by the university to free up resources to fund programs and services that align with our renewed academic profile.

      “The Academic Plan together with the new strategic plan will help Capilano distinguish itself from other institutions, sharpen our focus on teaching excellence and ensure the university is financially sustainable for the long term,” says Stephen Williams, Capilano University Faculty and Board of Governors member.

      The Academic Plan may be found at the Academic Plan website. More information about Capilano’s strategic planning process, including Q&A, is available at the Strategic Planning website.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a learner-centred university with campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt, British Columbia. Capilano University has earned an international reputation for quality teaching, programs and services. We instill the knowledge, skills, motivation and attitudes that enable students to become independent thinkers and doers, and to contribute effectively in a rapidly changing world. Capilano University website.

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