#Imagine2023 : Electronic Brainstorming Sessions March 27-29th

Dear members of the University community / Boozhoo / Aanii / Kwe kwe,

Consultations to inform the first draft of the university’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan are now underway until the end of May. The strategic plan website was launched in early March and has already been visited by more than 500 people. Check it out for yourself.

Eight electronic brainstorming sessions will be held on March 27-29th in West Residence room 132. Electronic brainstorming sessions are an efficient way to capture everyone’s ideas, and make strategic choices. It served us very well in 2011 when we developed our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. Participants are encouraged to read in advance a 10-page backgrounder. At each session, every participant will be able to brainstorm with other attendees and enter their ideas and suggestions on a laptop, and will then get to vote on all the ideas generated. Participants in each session will spend no more than two hours and leave with a sense of the consensus from the group. In other words: it’s not just a brainstorming for the sake of brainstorming. It’s a very good use of everyone’s time! These discussions will lead to results.

These eight sessions are designed, on one hand, to capture the unique perspectives of students, faculty, LUSU and LUAPS colleagues – four of the eight sessions are intended for one of these specific audiences. On the other hand, the process approved by Senate and the Board of Governors also calls for inter-departmental and multi-stakeholder discussions fostering collaborations. Therefore, the remaining four sessions are opened to all, including community members and alumni.

In order to assist with logistics with laptops, we are kindly asking participants to register in advance to the session of their choice as follows:

Participants Date and Time RSVP
LUSU members (bilingual) Monday, March 27th 10 am – noon Not required
All (in French only) Monday, March 27th 2-4 pm Imagine27PM.rsvpify.com
Students (bilingual) Monday, March 27th 6-7:30 pm Imagine2.rsvpify.com
Faculty (bilingual) Tuesday, March 28th 10am-noon Not required
All (bilingual) Tuesday, March 28th 2-4 pm Imagine28PM.rsvpify.com
Community members and alumni (bilingual) Tuesday, March 28th 7-9pm Imagine28EVE.rsvpify.com
LUAPS members (bilingual) Wednesday, March 29th 10am – noon Not required
All (bilingual) Wednesday, March 29th 2-4 pm Imagine29PM.rsvpify.com

This is your chance to help shape the future of Laurentian University. I really encourage you to take two hours of your busy schedule to be part of the discussion!

On Tuesday, March 21st, Professor Bonnie Patterson, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and former President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities and former President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University, will deliver a talk at 7 pm in the Governors’ Lounge to explain what are Strategic Mandate Agreements, their implications for universities, and what strategic questions the university community should be asking itself as we develop our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan together.

On Monday, April 3rd, Dr. Janet Morrison, Provost and Vice-President, Academic at Sheridan and former Vice-Provost, Students at York University, will stimulate our reflection about student life. She will deliver her presentation at 7 pm in the Governors’ Lounge.

On Wednesday, April 19th, Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, Editor-in-Chief of Global Higher Education Strategy Monitor, and a member of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, will present a talk on trends in postsecondary education. This will take place at 7 pm in the Executive Learning Centre.

Each of these talks will be followed by questions, after which Dr. Linda Ambrose, Special Advisor for Strategic Planning, will facilitate a discussion among attendees reflecting on what we will have heard.

In my next strategic planning update, I will provide you with additional details about other consultations and opportunities to learn from guest speakers.

If you have any questions or comments about the strategic planning process, please do not hesitate to email strategicplan@laurentian.ca.

As always, I welcome comments on the blog or any other matter. You can reach me at dominicgiroux@laurentian.ca, or can join the 12,700 people who follow me on FacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Merci, Thank you, Miigwech.

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