Engaging the Future

Draft Report of the Task Force on Strategic Planning

June 22, 2006

Appendix 1 - The Strategic Planning Task Force


Terms of Reference - approved by Senate and the Board of Governors, June 2005:


To review the mission and vision statements formulated in 1995 in Leadership in Learning, and the aspirations and strategic directions set out in Making Choices, in the context of the new postsecondary environment.

To indicate key initiatives which the University should undertake and directions it should pursue in support of its mission, vision and basic principles, while focussing on the four key groups identified in Making Choices: faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

To examine such areas as graduate and undergraduate programming and enrollment, recruitment and support of faculty, staff, and students, internationalization, alumni affairs, and propose ways in which to recognize and build on strengths in research, teaching and the learning environment.

To determine Western's placement nationally and internationally in scholarship and learning, and establish effective means to measure its progress in the future.

To examine the investment in new construction and renovation to existing space required to fulfill our academic objectives.


Paul Davenport, President and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
Fred Longstaffe, Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Named by the Board of Governors:
   Helen Connell
   Halfdan Kelly
   John Nash
   Michele Noble

Named by Senate:
   Sandy Clark (undergraduate student)
   Elan Paulson (graduate student)
   Samantha Brennan
   Chris Ellis
   Brock Fenton
   Joyce Garnett
   Julie McMullin

Named by UWOFA:
Named by Unity Group:
Named by Alumni Association:
Named by Affiliate Principals:
Named by University Students' Council:
Named by the Society of Graduate Students:
Named by the President:

Michael Bartlett
David Empey
Jim Etherington
Theresa Topic
Shane Gonsalves
Patti Dalton
John Doerksen
Peggy Wakabayashi


The Vice-President (Resources & Operations), the Vice-President (Research and International Relations), the Vice-President (External), the Vice-Provosts and Associate Vice-Presidents served as resource persons as required by the Task Force. The Senior Policy Advisor to the President and the Executive Assistant to the President and the Provost provided direct support to the Task Force.

During the period August, 2005 to May, 2006, the Task Force met thirteen times, three of those being full-day sessions and the remainder of four hours each. The Task Force heard representations from constituency groups within the University and from the broader community and received written submissions from individuals, organizations, and academic and administrative units.

This DRAFT report is being published in June, 2006 for discussion through the course of the summer. Two open meetings will be held to discuss the report at the beginning of the fall term:

September 5, 2006
September 7, 2006

10:00 am – noon 3345 Somerville House
3:00 – 5:00 pm McKellar Room, UCC

Following publication of the DRAFT report and its discussion throughout the University and at the open meetings, a final report will be prepared and submitted for approval by Senate in September and the Board of Governors in November, 2006.

In keeping with the Task Force's commitment to accountability, the President will report annually to Senate and the Board of Governors on the University's progress in fulfilling the objectives set out in the Commitments which conclude each section of the report.

[previous section | back to top | next section]