Throughout 2020, students, faculty, staff and the broader UBC Science community are working together to articulate a renewed strategic vision for the Faculty: Advancing Science 2020. Discussion and consultation will be key to the process, as we work across the Faculty to envision a future that builds on our accomplishments and core strengths, but is forward-looking and open to new opportunities.
UBC Science is in a privileged position—with world-class researchers and educators, Canada's best science students, and highly professional staff. The quality of our people has enabled us to build a remarkably broad range of top-ranked research areas, and be recognized as a world leader in transforming undergraduate STEM education. Over the year, town halls, surveys and one-on-one in-depth interviews will provide a range of opportunities for our on-campus and external communities to engage around our collective aspirations. What grand challenges do we want to help address through our research, educational offerings, and outreach? And how do we maximize UBC Science's potential to address them?
Ways to get involved
Advancing Science 2020 will succeed our last strategic plan, developed in 2011 and renewed in 2017. That plan guided the Faculty's collective efforts over two years, and helped shape UBC's strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century. It focused on four key initiatives—research excellence, teaching excellence, computer and data science, and innovation—while also continuing to renew and build on nine core areas and commitments originally articulated in Advancing Science 2011.
Advancing Science: 2017-2018 is designed to guide the Faculty’s collective efforts over the next two years, as well as help shape UBC’s emerging strategic plan. It focuses on four key initiatives—research excellence, teaching excellence, computer and data science, and innovation—while also continuing to renew and build on the nine core areas and commitments originally articulated in Advancing Science 2011.
Report of key achievements and outcomes, 2011 to 2015.
Articulates our vision and mission, and our distinguishing characteristics as one of Canada’s strongest and most broadly based faculties of Science.
Report of the review committee of the UBC Faculty of Science: Ana Mari Cauce (University of Washington), Eugene Fiume (University of Toronto) and Gregory Taylor (University of Alberta).
UBC Science is pleased to present its response to the 2011 external review of the Faculty. The Faculty gratefully acknowledges the review team's praise for UBC Science's innovative undergraduate education programs, highly ranked research programs, and the "atmosphere of inclusion and openness engendered by leadership at both the Faculty and University level".
Unit leadership retreat
Preliminary workshops: Students
Initial surveys: Faculty, staff, alumni, graduate students
Graduate student workshop
Survey results analysis
Survey results released
Faculty virtual townhall
Working groups invited
WGs begin developing components of plan
WGs finalize draft plan components, metrics
Debrief working groups to gather input
Refine plan components, metrics, roadmap
Review draft with key external stakeholders
Faculty and staff town hall on draft plan
Student workshops on draft plan
Review feedback based on January consultations
Plan presented for approval at Faculty meeting
Develop first-year action plan with deliverables
Develop communication plan for strategy dissemination