Tri-Campus Review: “One University, Three Campuses”


The University of Toronto has a unique tri-campus structure, bound together by a shared identity and a set of genuinely tri- or bi- campus graduate programs and departments. It is the product of a 40-year evolution, with the Mississauga and Scarborough campuses transforming themselves from small undergraduate colleges, to mid-size educational entities hosting a wide range of graduate and undergraduate offerings, and strong programs of research.

Towards 2030 stated the University’s long-term intent to create a regional “University of Toronto system,” characterized by three campuses with increasingly strong individual campus identities. In light of this, the University launched a review of the relationships among its three campuses, under the theme identified in Towards 2030, “One University, Three Campuses.”

While proceeding along similar timelines and with some overlap in subject matter, please note that the Tri-Campus Review and the Budget Model Review were separate processes that worked independently of each other.

The review took place from 2018 to 2021.

Steering Committee, Pillars, and Working Groups

The tri-campus review was built on five pillars, each with its own working group, and guided by a steering committee. The steering committee included the following members:

  • Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost (Chair)
  • Joshua Barker, Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Melanie Woodin, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Scott Mabury, Vice-President, Operations and Real Estate Partnerships & Vice-Provost, Academic Operations
  • Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs and Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education
  • Wisdom Tettey, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students

Each working group had tri-campus representation, developed principles to guide future decision making and proposed changes to policy and procedure as appropriate.

The five pillars were:

  1. Academic Planning and Academic Change
  2. Graduate Units
  3. Student Services
  4. Administrative Structure
  5. Budget Relationships

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