Each of these papers is a short look at possibilities. Many present two or three different options, in order to spark creative discussion about the potential outcomes.The papers overlap in topic and theme, and conflict in many places, in order that we may have as broad a discussion as possible.
Quick links to each paper appear in the navigation menu (to your left on desktop, at the bottom of the page on mobile). Below are the same links with a little bit of information about the topic of each paper. They are in no particular order, although we’ve tried to present broader ones at the top, followed by more specific topics. You may have to sign on to the Discussion Paper page using your BU user name and password (same as your email address) in order to read the paper or leave a comment.
Strat Plan 2.0
Universities are far from immune to the impact of viral outbreak, and the aftershocks of this pandemic will be with us for some time.
Our university motto should be an accurate reflection of the culture of our institution. It should speak to our character and our approach while also inspiring us to new heights. As university mottos go, Brandon University’s is somewhat unique.
Mission and Vision
Our web site proudly displays the mission of Brandon University. Presently BU does not have a vision statement.
A regional university
With our combination of regional and global impact there is no reason we could not develop a reputation as Canada’s best regional university.
Calls to action
There are any number of metrics that could be used to measure our success and many of them will be employed. We must also reflect on our approach when we tackle our strategic objectives.
Most strategic plans focus on a number of overarching areas or themes. These should not be a radical departure from the core mission of our university but should allow us to seek higher aims.
The degrees and courses that we offer are a core function of the university and are one of the first things that most people think of then when they think of what we “do.”
What will BU’s student population look like in 2030? How many students will we welcome that year? What will their backgrounds and demographics be?
The student experience
Brandon University student experience is more than just the courses attended to attain a degree. It is the sum of every aspect of student life from enrollment to graduation.
Positive mental health among students, faculty, and staff is an important factor for success in many aspects of what we do here at BU. How can the university better identify and help those who are struggling with mental health?
At Brandon University, we value community connection. We must admit, however, that we are sometimes not as involved in our community as we might like to be.
Reconciliation and Indigenization
Reconciliation is a generational challenge for Canadian post-secondary institutions, to which Brandon University has repeatedly declared its commitment.
The challenge of fiscal sustainability is not unique to Brandon University. The challenge for universities is to find sufficient revenue to offset costs without compromising the quality of research and teaching.
The new normal
In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic people are wondering what a post-pandemic world will look like. What about universities and Brandon University in particular?
Research and creativity
High-quality research, including creative works, is a core part of Brandon University’s academic identity, and critical to our larger mission of discovering and sharing knowledge with the community.
Tooting our own horn
Brandon University is a community that is filled with achievement and success. However, we have traditionally been modest about our celebrations.