University of Saskatchewan

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The Commitments and Plan Implementation Process

Over the fall 2008, 31 commitment leaders were named, each responsible for leading, or co-leading, one of the integrated plan’s 20 commitments. Commitment leaders are facilitators who bring people together to generate profile and ideas that are widely supported. Commitment leaders are responsible for seeking out more efficient and collaborative ways of working across campus. Nine executive sponsors oversee their work by providing advice and guidance.

Significant time in 2008-09 was spent educating commitment leaders, executive sponsors, campus leaders (e.g. deans, unit leaders), and the general campus community about the integrated plan though a mix of channels and materials, including news stories, print materials, a website, and a series of workshops. Each commitment group is currently proceeding at a different pace, which is expected and preferred. New initiatives are expected to emerge in 2009-10.

Progress to date



Commitment leaders named for each of the 20 commitments


Working groups established and meetings held

Meetings will continue over cycle

Commitment leaders networked together and with campus groups


Funding provided to support early initiatives from Academic Priorities Fund

Some initiatives funded in 2008-09; additional funding will continue over cycle 

Work plans developed, or in development


Surveys, gap analysis and environmental scanning


Identifying priority initiatives for second planning cycle


þ Complete   à In progress


Second Integrated Plan At-a-Glance

The circle diagram is a snapshot of the university’s Second Integrated Plan which focuses on three priorities: (1) improve the undergraduate and graduate student experience, both inside and outside the classroom; (2) enhance the university’s profile in research, scholarly and artistic work; and (3) work together more effectively across unit and institutional boundaries, with the overall goal of becoming a more engaged university.

Cutting across the priorities are three institutional imperatives, shown in centre green ring: to engage more fully with Aboriginal peoples; to internationalize the university and the student experience; and to foster innovation throughout our programs and services.

Sixteen commitments are grouped within the three priority areas (the pie-shaped pieces around the inner circle), and four commitments are grouped together and called “supporting strategies” because they intersect across all three priorities (the four arcs outside the circle). Each commitment is written as an action statement, indicating what the university will accomplish, or work towards accomplishing, in that specific commitment by 2012.


The Commitments and Plan Implementation Process