I am convinced that Concordia is on the right path as a next-generation university, and that our model of education (urban, diverse, research engaged, and embedded within our community) will really come of age in the 21st century.
Over the last 10 years, we have grown tremendously at all levels: student population, faculty complement, research capacity, footprint etc. We have developed a wide array of strengths in both traditional and more innovative aspects of teaching, research and student experience. Our reputation has soared and will continue to do so.
The current strategic directions process needs to build on our history and tradition, but must also recognize and carefully take into account the serious and profound transformations that the higher education is currently undergoing. We must take the broad and holistic view.
Strategy is a pattern in a stream of decisions (H. Mintzberg). Our strategic directions process is not about making all the decisions today, but about establishing principles and aspirations that will help to create a meaningful and fruitful pattern over the next few years.