PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS RECEIVE THIS MEMO.
As we approach the end of the "Raising Our Sights" Academic Plan, we have begun work on the development of our next academic plan. Unlike previous academic planning exercises, this one starts with a "green paper" phase. We have prepared four "green papers" - "The Characteristics of the Best (Public) Research Universities", "The Student Experience", "Faculty, Staff and Academic Leadership in Teaching and Research", and "Resources for the Academic Plan" - which you will find on the planning website at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/userfiles/HTML/nts_6_1521_1.html. The papers will also be published in the Bulletin on January 13, 2003.
The purpose of the "green papers" is to elicit debate about issues, and to raise ideas and suggest directions that might be taken up in our next academic plan. The papers do not presently represent specific policy directions; these will emerge in the subsequent draft academic plan. I invite you to read the papers and to contribute to the discussion via any of the avenues that we have provided. We have created a threaded discussion group on the Plan2003 website, you may also e-mail your views to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me care of Assistant Vice-Provost, Lesley Lewis.
On the planning website, you will also see a schedule of Town Hall meetings that have been set up on all three campuses in January and early February to provide an opportunity for all members of the University community to discuss and offer priorities for the overall planning process. We value the input of all members of the University and I strongly encourage you and all of your colleagues participate in one or more of these meetings and to provide your feedback through any of the means mentioned.
I would appreciate your support of and assistance in encouraging all faculty, staff and students of your unit to participate in the discussions on the "green papers". I ask that you ensure that any staff who wish to attend a Town Hall meeting are encouraged to do so and allowed the time to participate.