Our strategic planning process will combine approaches that are consultative and representative.

We will hold broad consultations, involving a combination of events such as world cafés, idea labs and surveys. A representative committee will then be tasked with interpreting consultation results, collectively setting strategic goals, and drafting the plan.

We are also opting for a pillars approach to building the plan, in which a limited number (3 to 5) of focused strategic imperatives, that are broad yet pointed, can be used to direct choices and actions for the greatest, strategic benefit of the community. This approach provides potential for action and change, but requires effective communication so that members of the community feel included. Action plans for pillars will be developed by faculty units (academic departments, CDA, CTCs, VCR, FoFA Gallery, research units, etc.) to add nuance and local specificity.

Let’s keep it simple! As important as it is, the strategic planning exercise should not call upon our community in a way that interferes with teaching, learning and research.

Composition of the Strategic Plan Committee

9 members + 1 moderator
  • Faculty members (4): representing broad areas (performing arts; studio-based practices; scholarship/studies-based programs; professional programs), of which at least one member will be CUPFA, and at least two members will be CUFA.
  • Students (2): representing undergraduate and graduate students
  • Staff (2): representing technical and office staff
  • Dean of Fine arts (1)
  • Moderator (1, external to FoFA)

What the strategic plan will include

  • Vision
  • Mission and values
  • Strategic imperatives (pillars)
  • Overarching goals

What the strategic plan will look like

  • One-page graphic representation (loosely inspired by the Strategy House model)
  • Short description of vision, mission, values and goals
  • A faculty-level action plan, including key performance indicators (KPIs), will be elaborated to operationalise the strategic plan. Faculty units will be invited to develop their own action plans.

External support

A consultant will help shape the public consultation, develop surveys, and co-lead the consultations events with FoFA members. An experienced external moderator will work with the Strategic Plan Committee to ensure focus and steady progress.

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