Our process

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

The strategic planning process is now well underway. More than 1,000 people responded to an online survey during December and January, sharing their initial thoughts on UBC’s future.

A Steering Committee made up of UBC faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members considered the input received in this phase and proposed eight draft strategic priorities for the plan. We invited feedback on these priorities through a series of open house events and an online survey in March and April. Reports about what we heard from the 7,500 community members who responded to our survey and 350 community members who attended an open house are now available.

The feedback we received from this engagement phase is also being shared with UBC leadership and with expert working groups who will be tasked with building out specific goals and actions for each of the priorities we will pursue. These expert working groups will consider how to advance these priorities within UBC’s core institutional activities of research and scholarship, teaching and learning, and engagement and knowledge mobilization. They will be required to consider how their proposals advance inclusive excellence – including fostering diversity and equity – and how their proposed goals and actions further UBC’s international strategic aspirations.

The recommendations of the expert working groups will form the basis of subject workshops to be held in the fall of 2017. The recommendations will ultimately be provided to the Steering Committee, Deans and Executive team to form the basis of a draft strategic plan.

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

UBC’s Deans and Executive team are playing an important role throughout the process. They are developing UBC’s vision and the big ideas that rest at the heart of the plan.  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.

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 June 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 – Goals, Actions and Implementation Recommendations (May-October 2017)
Phase 5 – Draft Plan (Winter 2017-2018)
Phase 6 – Plan Endorsement and Implementation Launch (Spring 2018)

Progress to date

Thanks to all of you who have submitted comments to date, whether through the online surveys, at the open house events, via the website or during our Facebook Live event. Please find below a summary of what we have heard so far:

Reports from March and April, 2017 (Phase 3 – Engagement and Consultation)

Steering committee members

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

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