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Algoma U’s new Strategic Plan is a commitment to impact generations, communities

(SAULT STE. MARIE – SEPT. 28, 2023): Algoma University is releasing its updated Strategic Plan, which is a commitment not only to change the lives of its students but to have a meaningful impact on the communities the university serves, for generations to come.

“Algoma University changes lives,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina. “Our new Strategic Plan calls on us to go even deeper and have a positive, long-term impact on the communities we serve through our students and graduates, and through our economic impact, research and partnerships. With interdisciplinary and community-integrated work in areas like peace processes, social equity projects, clean energy, mental health and addiction care, economic development, water protection and fighting the climate crisis, we aim to be change-makers.”

Algoma University’s Strategic Plan articulates a new Vision for Algoma University: Leading meaningful change for generations to come. At its foundation is Algoma University’s Special Mission — conferred in the Algoma University Act — which calls on the university to be a teaching-oriented university that builds cross-cultural bridges in education between Anishinaabe cultures and the world. 

“After extensive consultations, research and visioning sessions, it was clear that our communities are encouraging Algoma University’s growth in research, programming and enrollment, but they want us to hold tight to what makes Algoma unique: intimate and personal educational environments, and our Special Mission,” said Vezina.

“Having a public university offering degrees and master’s degrees in Brampton, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins is already changing lives. I’m excited to see how this empowering new vision takes Algoma University’s impact even further.”

The updated Strategic Plan, covering 2023 to 2026, was built by a Steering Committee composed of staff, faculty, the Board of Governors, deans, students, and the university’s administration. The process was guided by an Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Spiritual and Cultural Advisor to the University. Comprehensive research was conducted across

campuses, including a visioning session, virtual and in-person learning circles and virtual two-to-one conversations where insights from over 700 knowledge-holders were gathered, including insights from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit partners and community members. 

Each update of Algoma University’s Strategic Plan is guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

The plan commits Algoma University to a specific actions within four strategic directions and priorities:

  • Lead Transformative, Cross-Cultural Learning in a Quality University Experience
  • Learn From, In and With Community
  • Share Our Stories: Past, Present and Future
  • Continue to Build Inclusive and Inspiring Teaching, Learning, and Working Environments

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