Accountability and Implementation

Re-shaped and extended by the pandemic, the planning process created time for learning, reflection, and engagement. Our collective commitment to the plan is stronger as a result. Consistent with the principles that have guided our work to date, we will take a data-based, systematic, and collaborative approach to implementation. The UBC Science plan also provides an important framework and reference point for academic unit planning.

We will adopt a deliberate and integrated approach to program management. Guided by our objectives and strategies, we will together identify actions, responsibilities, and milestones annually, and we will track and report our progress accordingly. We will also establish a dashboard of indicators to promote and enable accountability. These measures will derive from our objectives and strategies, with most spanning more than one. Indicative areas of attention are outlined below, although specific metrics are yet to be confirmed. Some of these measures will be objective, and others subjective. And in some cases, new tracking methodologies may be required.

Indicative Strategic Measures

  1. Student, faculty, and staff sense of belonging and wellbeing
  2. Intersectional diversity
  3. Indigenous student, faculty, and staff representation
  4. Student, faculty, and staff retention
  5. Research quality, funding, and trainee placements
  6. Grant funding for collaborative research and centres
  7. Evidence of curricular and pedagogical innovation
  8. Student learning outcomes and reporting of broader competency development
  9. Proportion of undergraduate students with research or other experiential learning
  10. Number of undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows trained
  11. Job placement rates post graduation, by sector (industry, government, academia)
  12. Number of undergraduate students pursuing graduate or professional degrees
  13. Course waitlists and time to degree
  14. Collaborations and agreements with industrial partners
  15. Level of student, faculty, and staff service in external initiatives
  16. Level of student, faculty, and staff engagement in bilateral relationships with Indigenous people
  17. Extent of alumni and external partner engagement
  18. Participation in outreach
  19. Level and nature of public attention
  20. Global rankings

Perhaps most importantly, we will continue to emphasize communication and engagement, building on the foundation established through the planning phase. Whether through regular updates, forums for debate around options and priorities, or broader Faculty discussion, we are committed to sustaining the spirit of collaboration that has characterized and enriched the development of this plan.