uSask prepares draft vision statement

May 3, 2013

In her state-of-the-university address last month, University of Saskatchewan president Ilene Busch-Vishniac unveiled a brief draft statement that is the first step toward a new strategic plan for the university that the president hopes will galvanize the campus community and reflect its shared vision for the future. The statement reads as follows: "The University of Saskatchewan is recognized as among the eminent research-intensive universities of North America; we lead the world in education and research on themes of importance that have an impact on our region, our nation and our world." Busch-Vishniac stressed the vision statement is only a draft, "a starting point for people to consider," and that it could be revised based on feedback. She pointed out the draft makes reference to North America rather than just Canada in terms of where uSask intends to position itself. With uSask already recognized for its research intensiveness in Canada, Busch-Vishniac said the time is right to "expand our vision to be recognized as among the best of that elite group in North America." The president plans to do some writing over the summer that will contextualize the vision, and says it is important that external stakeholders be given an opportunity to comment, too. As for when a strategic vision will be adopted, the best-case scenario would see a new visionary document completed by the end of 2013 "but we have an integrated plan, we know what we're doing. This is not a huge departure from where we've clearly been heading so taking as much time as we need to have this conversation is appropriate." uSask On Campus News