November 17, 2011
Next week’s Senate meeting is "decision day" for the university's proposed academic plan.
A motion from the Senate Academic Planning Task Force calls for Senate to approve the plan and its supporting four pillars (The Student Learning Experience; Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity; Reaching Beyond: Globalism, Diversity and Inclusion at Queen’s; and Health, Wellness and Community).
“This is the culmination of months of intensive discussion, collaboration and revision in response to feedback from the university community,” says task force chair and math professor Peter Taylor. “We are excited to present the plan to Senate, and ask that it be endorsed for use in a continuous cycle of planning, implementation and monitoring under the leadership of the Provost.”
Over the past 10 months, the task force has held more than 40 sessions with the university community – from one-on-one sessions to unit and group meetings, faculty boards and town halls. Task force members also responded online to comments about their drafts on the interactive website.
Through this consultative process, the task force has refined its thinking in a transparent way over several drafts.
“We believe this final version is representative of the input we have received from faculty, staff and students,” says Dr. Taylor. “We encourage everyone in the university community to read and assess the November 2011 plan.”
The Senate meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 3:30pm in Robert Sutherland Room 202. For more information see the University Secretariat website.