How We Will Reach Our Preferred Future

With this Strategic Plan as the framework, the University of Lethbridge commits to continuing action in the areas in which we presently excel and in those key areas where enhancement is required or where there are new directions for us to pursue.

Here are our broad Strategic Directions and their associated Strategic Priorities. The Strategic Priorities represent those key areas in which the University of Lethbridge will apply a special effort so that the institution can more successfully align itself with its Strategic Plan. For each Strategic Direction we have included some examples of specific actions. These are suggestions only; the University is not limited to these specific actions.

The Strategic Directions and Strategic Priorities, and specific actions linked to them, do not exist in isolation. Any specific action taken, for instance, will likely have multiple impacts across the Strategic Directions and Priorities. All of the items in this section are inextricably linked.

 

Strategic Direction:

Confirm our Place as a Comprehensive University

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Create and grow graduate programs and a culture of graduate education.
  2. Broaden our base of undergraduate programming.
  3. Grow the financial resource base of the University.
  4. Create a physical and intellectual environment that fosters and promotes creativity, research, and innovation.
  5. Preserve and enhance our focus on teaching excellence.
  6. Hire excellent professors that contribute to the continued success of the university in teaching and research.

Examples of Specific Actions:

  • Develop Doctoral  and Masters programs in a broader range of disciplines.
  • Develop and enhance the programs and profile of the Centre for the Advancement of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Develop programming niches at undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g.,  M.Ed. FNMI).
  • Evaluate existing and develop new programs of study that contribute to the notion of a comprehensive university (e.g., programs of study supporting the Prentice Institute).
  • Grow endowments to support student scholar-ships.
  • Expand our facilities to enhance our teaching and research.
  • Develop existing and new revenue streams, such as research funds, donations, and targeted capital funding.
  • Develop a new academic building that includes lab and classroom space.

 

Strategic Direction:

Enhance the Student Experience

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Refine and promote liberal education.
  2. Evaluate and evolve student recruitment strategies.
  3. Develop and implement student retention strategies.
  4. Expand the internationalization of the University.
  5. Promote and enhance diversity within the University.
  6. Engage students in a welcoming environment that supports learning, discovery, and creativity and promotes model citizenship.
  7. Enhance the experience of FNMI students.
  8. Continue to encourage academic and administrative units to work together to enhance the student experience.
  9. Ensure the health, safety, and security of students.
  10. Recognize and promote the essential role of staff in keeping the campuses welcoming, functioning, and modern.

Examples of Specific Actions:

  • Increase student residence space on campus.
  • Establish campus collegiums, places of belonging for students that enhance their connection to the University community.
  • Develop an FNMI social/cultural space.
  • Promote international exchange opportunities.
  • Enhance existing and provide new support structures for students.
  • Target scholarships and bursaries to increase participation by under-represented Albertans.
  • Establish an on-campus day care operation.
  • Continue to innovate and expand student use of computer technology and the Internet to access information.
  • Establish guaranteed scholarships for students that meet a certain academic standard.
  • Develop a bursary and scholarship system that rewards and highlights achievement, motivation, and participation in democratic and learning institutions.

 

Strategic Direction:

Build Internal Community and Enhance Relationships with External Communities

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Continue to build a healthy, supportive, and collaborative environment and culture that promotes student, faculty, staff, and alumni success and satisfaction.
  2. Continue to develop bridges to Lethbridge and southern Alberta communities.
  3. Strengthen links to regional centers of excellence in research and development.

Examples of Specific Actions:

  • Build more social spaces on campus.
  • Establish a community-friendly outreach presence in downtown Lethbridge in the Penny Building.
  • Develop arts facilities, including an art gallery, and academic space for the arts.
  • Continue to engage alumni to help promote the U of L.
  • Enhance the Human Resources Recruitment Office and its welcome and orientation activities.

 

Strategic Direction:

Promote Access to Quality Post-Secondary Education

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Develop a sustainable strategy for delivering programs outside of Lethbridge.
  2. Maintain and enhance working alliances with other educational service providers and stakeholders.

Examples of Specific Actions:

  • Develop a strategy for the future of the Calgary and Edmonton campuses.
  • Explore the development of collaborative pro-grams with other post-secondary institutions.
  • Develop a strategy for articulating blended  program delivery using technology.
  • Explore the best means of meeting the needs of adult learners.

 

Strategic Direction:

Enhance the Environmental Sustainability of the University

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Continue to transform the University into a sustainable community.
  2. Wherever possible, incorporate sustainability into teaching, learning, and research.
  3. Promote sustainability inside and outside the University.

Examples of Specific Actions:

  • Develop an overall U of L sustainability strategy that includes ways to reduce the consumption of non-renewable energy and water.
  • Continue to construct environmentally sustainable buildings using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as a guide in the development of new facilities and the renovation of existing facilities.
  • Continue to meet ethical and environmental purchasing standards.
  • Develop further waste reduction strategies.
  • Develop a strategy to decrease the number of vehicles driven to campus.
  • Continue to use certified green cleaning products.