Towards 2030: The View from 2012

PDAD&C#61, 2011-12

Professional and Managerial Staff
From:  Cheryl Misak, Vice-President and Provost
Date:      May 18, 2012 
Re: Towards 2030: The View from 2012

Towards 2030: A Third Century of Excellence at the University of Toronto (2008) set out long-term and overarching goals for the University with respect to matters such as student experience, faculty and research strength, admissions and recruitment, enrolment, the three campus model, and resources. Since September 2011, the University of Toronto community has been engaged in a discussion of how we are following through on Towards 2030 - see

This extensive consultation process included over 40 meetings - town halls on each of the three campuses and sessions with faculty, students, staff, governors, academic administrators, and alumni. Written submissions were also received. Towards 2030: The View from 2012 is the culmination of this process. It assesses the University's progress towards these long-term goals and identifies the new and ongoing challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Towards 2030: The View from 2012 consists of two documents. The first, Towards 2030: The View from 2012 - A Framework highlights the achievements to date and the new and continuing challenges. The second document, Towards 2030: The View from 2012 - An Assessment of the University of Toronto's Progress Since Towards 2030 provides a more detailed and sustained analysis of the 2012 context and our progress to date in the areas outlined by Towards 2030. Both documents are available on-line at

The issues engaged in this process have been thoroughly discussed at various stages of their development in university governance. The documents themselves were brought to the Planning and Budget Committee on April 4, 2012 and on April 19, 2012 the Academic Board discussed and then (unanimously) recommended to Governing Council that Towards 2030: The View from 2012 - A Framework be approved in principle. On May 17, 2012, again following an excellent discussion, the Governing Council did just that.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this important process. As noted in The View from 2012, while there is still much to be done to keep the University of Toronto on its trajectory of excellence, the University would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of all members of its community.