Provost invites student feedback at next Academic Plan town hall

Ryerson is reaching out to students through a town hall meeting Monday evening seeking input for the university’s 2014 to 2019 Academic Plan.

Provost and vice-president academic Mohamed Lachemi will lead the event and looks to have an open discussion about students’ priorities.

“It’s not necessarily a question and answer. I’m there to listen to them,” says Lachemi. “The most important part is how they view the role they play in the university.”

Every five years, the university creates an Academic Plan to use as a strategic blueprint. It outlines different goals and initiatives that the university would implement during that time.

The current plan is named Shaping Our Future: 2008-2013. It outlines five main priorities: high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs; student engagement and success; learning and teaching excellence; scholarly, research and creative intensity; and reputation.

During the new plan’s consultation process, the provost will host a series of town hall sessions to gather input from different groups within the Ryerson community.

The provost’s office released a consultation brief earlier this month that lists 16 discussion questions to be raised at the meeting.

The questions address a range of issues including program and curricula development; student engagement; and resource management and infrastructure development.

Monday’s students-only meeting will be held at VIC501 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. It is the second session of three town halls that began on Oct. 10.

The third and last town hall session will be held on Wednesday at TRS1149 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. That session is geared towards Ryerson faculty and staff, but it is open to all members of the community.

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