Our process

The road to UBC’s Next Century will take several months. You can view a process timeline here.

The initial phase has already begun. More than 1,000 people responded to an online survey during December and January. In addition, UBC’s Deans and members of the Executive were invited to share their own thoughts on the university’s priorities and challenges.

A Steering Committee made up of UBC faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members has considered the feedback to date and proposed strategic priorities for the plan. We are seeking input on these strategic priorities via online and in-person events during March and April, 2017. As part of this consultation phase, we will also ask you what goals and actions you would like us to pursue in respect to these strategic priorities.

Once the strategic priorities have been established, we will form expert task forces to advise the Steering Committee about how we might work towards achieving them, through detailed implementation plans and carefully designed metrics.

The UBC community will be invited to comment on a draft strategic plan in the fall term prior to the plan being presented to the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan Senates and the UBC Board of Governors.

UBC’s Deans and Executive team will also play an important role throughout the process. They will ensure that the priorities, goals and actions are inspirational, achievable and appropriate for UBC now and into the future.

The entire process is being overseen by Professor Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, with his Senior Advisor, Dr Emma Cunliffe, acting as project lead.

To assist us in handling the logistics of this complex and many-faceted process, we have engaged a dedicated team. The Napa Group is highly experienced in this area.

In addition, we are ensuring that our process is aligned with UBC’s engagement principles. These principles create a clarity and transparency to how we define, design, implement and conclude public engagement in our community planning processes. The principles were created through consultation with a wide range of partners including campus stakeholders, student government and First Nations.


Revised March 2017

Process timeline

Phase 1 – Project Planning (January 2017)
Phase 2 – Visioning, Listening, Environmental Scan (February 2017)
Phase 3 – Engagement and Consultation (March-May 2017)
Phase 4 – Business Plan and Implementation Framework (May-September 2017)
Phase 5 – Draft Plan (September-November 2017)
Phase 6 – Plan Approval and Implementation Launch (November-December 2017)

Progress to date

Thanks to all of you who have submitted comments to date, whether through the initial online survey, via the website or during our Facebook Live event. Please find below a summary of what we’ve heard so far:

Thanks to all of you who shared your thoughts on the draft vision statement. Your feedback will be shared with the Steering Committee.

Steering committee members

The Steering Committee is made up of faculty, staff, students and alumni. See a complete list of members (PDF).

Do you have a question about the strategic planning process? Email info.strategicplan@ubc.ca