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Queen's University

Academic Planning Update

The Academic Plan was officially approved by the University Senate in November 2011.

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Overview of the Academic Planning Process

The academic planning process began in January 2010 when Principal Woolf released his vision document, Where Next?, in which he suggested a number of possible directions for Queen's and asked some general questions.  

Faculties and units responded to the document in Spring 2010. 

The Principal asked six faculty members, the Academic Writing Team, to listen to the views and ideas of faculty, students, staff and alumni, and identify themes that resonate. Michael Adams (Pharmacology and Toxicology), Tim Bryant (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), Yolande Chan (School of Business), Kim Nossal (Political Studies), Jill Scott (German) and John Smol (Biology) also reviewed materials that include all of the responses to "Where Next?".

In April and June, the Principal updated the community on the process.

In August 2010, the Academic Writing Team submitted its report, Imagining the Future.

Two community town halls on September 15 and 17, 2010 provided an opportunity for members of the Academic Writing Team and staff, faculty and students to talk about the team's report. At the meetings, the areas discussed included academic integrity, diversity and internationalization, metrics, and the continuum of learning that is teaching and research.

On September 23, 2010 the report was tabled at Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on Academic Development (SCAD).  At the October 20, 2010 Senate meeting, SCAD chair and Deputy Provost Susan Cole provided a brief update on the Committee's next steps discussions.

At the November 25, 2010 Senate meeting, it was determined that a Senate Task Force would finalize the Academic Plan.

The Senate Task Force started meeting in January 2011 and developed a schedule to have the Academic Plan completed by the end of April.

Chaired by Professor Peter Taylor (Mathematics and Statistics, Biology, Education), its members were:

• Petra Fachinger (German, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Senator)
• Mark Jones (English, Senator)
• Vicki Remenda (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Senator)
• William Flanagan (Dean, Faculty of Law, Senator)
• Steve Tanner (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, staff)
• Chris Rudnicki (Philosophy, BAH '11, AMS VP University Affairs)
• Iain Reeve (Political Studies, PhD '13, Senator)

The group consulted with the community at large and with targeted groups of people, and set up an interactive webpage that included updates and reports for comment.


Educational equity guidelines offered suggestions for incorporating aspects of diversity and equity into the academic planning exercise.

In May 2012, Principal Woolf released the "Third Juncture," an essay on the future of Queen’s following the Academic Planning exercise.

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