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Queen's, province sign mandate agreement

Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities today made public the Strategic Mandate Agreements (SMAs) it has negotiated with Ontario’s colleges and universities. The process of developing SMAs was initiated by the government in 2012. The SMAs, which are in effect until 2017, will support the province’s differentiation framework for postsecondary education and inform the development of government policy, procedures and funding levers.

Queen’s developed its SMA with the goal of advancing the university’s existing mandate, which underpins our Strategic Framework. Like the Strategic Framework, the SMA is built on the foundation of the university’s Academic Plan and Strategic Research Plan.

“Being the quintessential balanced academy means delivering exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs while enhancing our position as one of Canada’s leading research universities,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “That is Queen’s vision and that is the mandate which the SMA will help us advance.”

Among Queen’s many strengths highlighted in the SMA are its achievements in enhancing teaching and learning, such as through technology-enhanced learning and experiential learning, as well its fostering of innovation and economic development through initiatives such as the Queen’s Innovation Connector, Innovation Park and PARTEQ.

The SMA also highlights Queen’s many student success programs, such as Q Success, the Aboriginal Access to Engineering program, SOAR, and the university’s various services for students with physical disabilities or mental illness.

Queen’s Strategic Mandate Agreement 2014-2017