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University of Regina launches its new five-year strategic plan charting an ambitious course for the future

News Release Release Date: June 18, 2020 11:00 a.m.

This morning, the University of Regina released its 2020-2025 strategic plan, entitled All Our Relations or Kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak in Cree. The plan will guide the University through the next five years and contribute to the institution’s success for decades to come.

Built on an Indigenous concept that acknowledges the interconnectedness of all things, the plan commits to honour those who are here with us, those who came before us, and those who will come after us. As that honour is further extended to the earth, the water, and the sky, All Our Relations signifies a strong sense of mutuality, interdependence, and respect of all things. We believe that our strength lies in our relationships and that together, we are stronger.

“With 2020 marking the end of the University of Regina’s 2015-2020 strategic plan peyak aski kikawinaw: Together We Are Stronger, it was time for us to embark on the creation of a new plan to guide us through the next five years, said Roger Brandvold, Chair of the University’s Board of Governors. “In the challenging times we are now facing in relation to the global, COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, it is critical for everyone at the University to be working towards common goals and to carefully consider where we are, where we have been, and where we are going.”

The new strategic plan has five areas of focus:

Discovery – Where teaching and research come together, daring discovery occurs.

Truth and Reconciliation – We are committed to Reconciliation through our teaching, research, and community service efforts

Well-being and Belonging – We recognize the importance of well-being and belonging to the success of our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Environment and Climate Action – We value and want to strengthen our connections with the environment.

Impact and Identity – We will look to broaden our partnerships, further develop our identity, and increase our social impact as the University of Regina prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024.

“With these collectively developed areas of focus and a series of concrete goals for the next five years, we can begin to operationalize the plan in the weeks and months ahead,” said Dr. Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “I look forward to working with our Faculties and units across the entire University to see where we can grow, how our work fits in to the larger institutional and societal picture, and what roles each of us will play in shaping the University of Regina’s future.”

The new strategic plan was developed over eight months, with extensive consultation and input from the University community and beyond. A group of 14 people from across the institution was selected to form the strategic planning facilitation team. The team crafted an engagement strategy to incorporate the voices and views of the University’s many stakeholders, including; students, faculty, alumni, local communities, Indigenous representatives, and industry and government partners. More than 1,300 people contributed by participating in town halls, focus groups, world cafes and one-on-one consultations.

“Being able to connect with so many individuals from across our campuses highlighted that although we are a very diverse university, with individuals of varied backgrounds, beliefs, and interests, we are a strong community with a common vision,” said Dr. Kerri Finlay, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and Associate Professor with the Faculty of Science. “We have a lot of work ahead of us to achieve our ambitious goals in the areas of Discovery, Truth and Reconciliation, Health and Well-Being, Environment and Climate Action, and Impact, but I believe that the commitment and support already demonstrated by the U of R community will ensure our success through 2025.”

The full 2020-2025 strategic plan can be found at www.uregina.ca/strategic-plan/

Interviews can be arranged with:

  • Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor;
  • Kerri Finlay, Chair, Strategic Planning Committee and Associate Professor, Faculty of Science;
  • Brittney Leitner, Student Representative, Strategic Planning Committee and Undergraduate Student, Education;

by contacting Mindy Ellis at:

Email: mindy.ellis@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-581-4541

About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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