Office of the President

Appendix 1: Strategic Planning Task Force

Terms of Reference, approved by Senate and the Board of Governors, September 2000:

Building on Leadership in Learning, the Task Force will bring the University’s strategic planning up to date in light of new and evolving issues, with a time horizon to 2010.  The Task Force will hold public meetings and invite written submissions from the University and the external community.  The Task Force will seek to distribute a draft report by the Spring of 2001 and to submit a final report for approval by Senate and the Board in September 2001.

The Task force report will indicate key initiatives which the University should undertake in support of its mission, vision, and basic principles, in such areas as enrolment planning, recruitment, retention and support of faculty, staff and students; building on strength in research and teaching; undergraduate curriculum; student leadership; lifelong learning; the use of technology in teaching and learning; alumni relations; private funding; relationships with the people of London and with other external communities; research partnerships with the private sector; Western’s identity in a competitive institutional environment.


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The Vice-President (Administration) and General Counsel, the Vice-President (Research), the Vice-President (External), and the Associate Vice-President (Institutional Planning and Budgeting) served as resource persons.  The Executive Assistant to the President served as Secretary to the Task Force.

During the period November, 2000 to June, 2001, the Task Force met thirteen times, three of those being full-day sessions and the remainder of four hours each. The Task Force heard representations from constituency groups and received 35 written submissions from individuals, organizations, and academic and administrative units. 

Following publication of the Draft Report of the Task Force in June 2001, public open meetings were held to discuss the report, and it was discussed in meetings of the Senate and the Board of Governors in September 2001.  The Task Force then prepared its final report for submission to Senate and the Board of Governors for approval.