Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe:
Laurentian University’s Board of Governors approved the 2012-2017 multi-year budget on Friday. The approved budget is balanced for the second year in a row and is aligned to put into action the 40 outcomes identified in the University’s strategic plan. The plan was presented to the Board of Governors after a broad consultation process, seeing over 300 students, faculty and staff in Sudbury and Barrie weigh in over 16 different sessions. It is an exciting time for Laurentian University – we now have an approved 5-year Strategic Plan, Academic Plan, Strategic Research Plan and a budget that aligns with these precise aspirations allowing us to accomplish our specified priorities.
Some of the notable incremental investments include:
- $35M to support campus modernization in Sudbury (including classroom redesign, new collaborative spaces, one-stop student services, and a new front door welcoming centre);
- $7.9M by 2017-18 to address deferred maintenance;
- $6M for the rehabilitation of the Single Students Residence (SSR);
- $4.1M by 2017-18 to support the international accreditation of the Faculty of Management;
- $2.8M by 2017-18 to reintroduce men’s and introduce women’s hockey in the Fall of 2013 (self-funded initiative);
- $2.1M by 2017-18 to launch the School of Mines;
- $2M to modernize food services on campus, including a new Starbucks this year and full renovation of the Great Hall in 2013;
- $1.8M by 2017-18 to increase staff training and professional development;
- $1.4M by 2017-17 to fully integrate all operational functions into one data warehouse (Laurentian Electronic Age Project – LEAP);
- $1.4M by 2017-18 to enhance services through the Centre for Academic Excellence;
- $1.05M by 2017-18 to expand student recruitment efforts;
- $1.05M by 2017-18 to secure full funding for the construction of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, enhance proactive hiring practices for Aboriginal faculty and staff, and increase Indigenous content in courses;
- $1M by 2017-18 to establish Laurentian world-wide as the University synonymous with fresh water research;
- $0.9M by 2017-18 to offer additional annual Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) to international students in our signature programs;
- $0.7M by 2017-18 to support initiatives that support faculty and staff engagement;
- $0.6M by 2017-18 to expand research chairs and scholars-in-residence;
- $0.6M by 2017-18 to fully implement wireless on the Sudbury campus.
The plan calls for enrolment growth of 1,150 students by 2017-2018, and the university will do so while raising the average entry grade from 81% to 83% and continuing to diversify and grow its international student population.
Barrie operations are revenue neutral effective 2012-2013, representing an increased investment of $0.8M.
The budget includes significant investments in faculty and staff renewal. Key 2012-13 hires include a Canada Research Chair in Geochemistry, a Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology, a Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety, 20 other faculty hirings, more full-time counselors, an additional technologist in the Bharti School of Engineering, the Executive Director of the School of Mines, additional staff in Sudbury for security, marketing and capital projects, additional administrative and student recruitment support in Barrie. In total, the budget assumes 70 faculty retirements by 2017-2018, and about 95 faculty hirings for the Sudbury campus, the School of Architecture and the Barrie campus. Overall staff is projected to increase slightly during that period.
I am very proud of all who worked diligently to present recommendations for the multi-year planning which took into account all projected revenues and expenses for each of the next six years. I would especially like to thank Normand Lavallée, Sue Radey, Joanne Goudreault and their teams for their hard work through this process.
Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)
This week, we will welcome more than 200 delegates from across Canada to the 3rd annual CNFS national research forum. Laurentian is pleased to be hosting and co-organizing this event, which is taking place outside of Ottawa for the first time. The forum brings researchers, health practitioners, government representatives, public policy makers in health and social services as well as professionals in health care to Sudbury to examine how research on health in francophone minority communities can be used to improve the well-being of patients and services in our communities. Keynote speakers from Belgium, France and Wales are scheduled to present on aspects of health research.
For a full event schedule, please click HERE.
Merci, Thank You, Miigwech