University of Saskatchewan

U of S Reports

Message from the Provost

I am pleased to share with you this second report on the university's progress towards the goals of its Second Integrated Plan: Toward an Engaged University.

Nearly two years ago, we began implementing our second integrated plan and working toward the three priorities it set for the University of Saskatchewan - improve the student experience; enhance the university's profile of research, scholarly and artistic work; and work together across boundaries. These priorities continue to guide the work of the university community and I believe we have made considerable progress as we approach the midpoint of the four-year plan.

This report focuses on accomplishments and outcomes achieved during the second year of the plan, covering the period of May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010.  

When the plan was written, it included a number of "by 2012" statements - guideposts for measuring our progress in the priority and supporting strategy areas. In this report, we track the progress made to date on each of these "by 2012" statements, as well as provide highlights activity in each of the 20 commitment areas. The latter is a selected list of accomplishments achieved in each general commitment area by the colleges, units, commitment leaders and many combinations of these groups working together. This report attempts to highlight the diversity and range of activities occurring in all corners of campus this year and is far from a comprehensive list of all of the ongoing work. 

As our plan has been implemented over the past two years, two additional parallel projects have unfolded. The institutional positioning project, under the leadership of the Vice-President Advancement, will pinpoint our place in the Canadian post-secondary education sector with a relevant and compelling positioning statement/strategy. The enrolment action plan, co-led by the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning and the Associate Vice-President, Student and Enrolment Services, identified 12 key projects which would have immediate, mid-range and long-term impact on the size and shape of our student body.  This is in addition to the areas of pre-eminence commitment activity which has progressed significantly under the leadership of the Vice-President Research.

Additional highlights for this year include:

  • Learning communities for students in Arts and Science, Agriculture and Bioresources and Kinesiology
  • Construction started on the first new student residences in more than 30 years
  • Improvement of the campus-wide and the College of Arts and Science advising systems beginning with an external review
  • Improvement of teaching through new awards and increased recognition
  • Internationalization of the campus and the student experience
  • Matching grants for research

This year's report builds on prior years' work, including accomplishments in the university's first planning cycle (2003-07). Some of the notable items over this period include the university's investment in its three new graduate schools, scholarships and programs; advancing "big science" projects; completing the new Learning Commons in the Murray Library; further developing the research chair program; the commitment to build new student residence which is now under construction. For further information on these initiatives, please see last year's progress report.

As we approach the halfway mark of our second planning cycle, I anticipate that commitment leaders and the campus community will continue to bring forward and develop new initiatives which move the University of Saskatchewan closer to realizing its goals. Some of these initiatives will be implemented by the end of this planning cycle in 2011/12 and some will bridge to our third planning cycle.

Brett Fairbairn