In 1996, in response to the MacKay Report commissioned by the Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training and the resulting paper, Public Interest and Revitalization of Saskatchewan's Universities, the University of Regina undertook a review of its mission. In 1999, following an internal consultation process, the Board of Governors approved a Direction Statement for the University of Regina This document , which presented a statement of the vision, mission and goals for the University, was drawn from a discussion paper issued by President David Barnard, Shaping Our Future: Academic Planning Toward the Second Quarter Century.
Through another consultation process, a document entitled Shaping Our Future: Principles and Emphases to Guide Decision-Making was finalized in the fall of 2000. Next, a formal strategic plan for the University was adopted in February 2002, Reaching Our Potential: Planning For Progress 2002-2006. The plan was refreshed in November 2004 with the approval by the Board of Building on Progress: The Plan for 2004-2009. This updated plan also included, for the first time, a performance measurement framework, a form of balanced scorecard, for monitoring progress with respect to the plan.
Soon after taking up her post at the University of Regina in 2008, President Vianne Timmons announced that a new strategic plan was needed to succeed Building on Progress: The Plan for 2004-2009. In October 2008, the University’s Board of Governors approved terms of reference for a strategic planning process. A facilitation team was formed and prepared to gather information and input from stakeholders. Consultations were launched in January 2009. More than 100 meetings were held with faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, administrators, government officials, professional organizations, and educational partners.
Information gathered in these consultations, as well as more than 40 written submissions and over 1,100 responses to a series of online surveys, fed the creation of this strategic plan. The new plan,
mâmawohkamâtowin: Our Work, Our People, Our Communities, was approved by the University’s Board of Governors on July 16, 2009. To see the Plan in French, courtesy of the Institut français, click here.