Programs and Initiatives
A Priority Determination Process for the University of Saskatchewan
In 1998, the Planning Committee of Council, working with the Vice-President Academic, initiated a process to identify areas of priority that were intended to assist in the strategic renewal of the University of Saskatchewan. Part of the task of making choices involved selecting areas in which to invest.
A priority area is an academic area into which additional resources should be channeled, in a manner that would have a positive impact on the education of students, the quality of scholarship and research that the University is able to produce, and the lives of the people of Saskatchewan. A priority may be an existing area which, through additional resources, would achieve enhanced quality; it may be a new area which spans existing programs and disciplines; or, it may be an emergent area where research and teaching should be headed. The priority areas would become the focus of building within the University and beyond.
The task of priority determination was believed to be best accomplished in an atmosphere of collegiality, where all members of the University community were invited to participate. The selection of areas was based on merit alone. Successful proposals would be funded, initially at least, from a reallocation $1 million of existing funds within the operating grant and would include funding for new tenure-track appointments.
Between 1998 and 2000, based on a set of criteria , four academic priority areas were identified:
- Virtual College of Biotechnology
- Biomolecular Structure Teaching and Research Program
- Northern Ecosystems Toxicology Initiative (NETI)
- Indigenous Peoples and Justice Initiative
For further information about the Priority Determination Process, contact Pauline Melis, Director of Institutional Planning in the Integrated Planning Office, (firstname.lastname@example.org or 966-1827).