Integrated Strategic Plan

Our values, our vision, our strategic direction. Planning for a future that reflects our ideals will shape who we are as an institution. These aspirations are formalized in MacEwan University's Integrated Strategic Plan (ISP).


Planning is underway for the Integrated Strategic Plan: 2019/20 – 2023/24. Through a series of meetings with diverse groups from across campus, President Deborah Saucier kicked off the process in the summer of 2017. Consultations will continue until the plan is finalized in mid-2019. As well as providing input at consultation events, you are invited to email ideas directly to the president's office.

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Process and timelines

Develop the framework

July 2017 – May 2018

July 2017 to December 2017
Beginning shortly after she is hired, President Deborah Saucier meets with diverse sectors of the MacEwan community to learn about the university, its people, its values and its priorities.

January 2018
At two retreats, one with the Board of Governors and the other with Deans’ Council, a set of draft values and priorities is developed.

February 2018
At Organizational Development Day, the president presents a summary of the work done on the strategic plan. She speaks about some of the values that have been drafted and how they relate to the day’s activities.

March 2018
At a town hall meeting, the president describes the work that has been completed on the ISP, providing the campus community with an initial look at the plan and answering their questions. Together with David McLaughlin and Ken Ristau, from Institutional Analysis and Planning, the president presents the plan to two groups of senior leaders. In addition, she reports on the plan to the Academic Governance Council, seeking feedback and explaining aspects of the planning.

April 2018
The president presents the Integrated Strategic Framework to the Board of Governors and updates them on ISP development and timelines for its completion. The framework, values, mission and vision are supported by the Board.

May 2018
In her regular, online column, the president discusses the university's plans for drafting the ISP, encouraging involvement from the campus community.

Draft the foundation plans

June to December 2018

June 2018
During this second phase of the planning process, committees are formed to lead the creation of foundation plans in four key areas:

  • Academics

  • Resources

  • Community

  • People, culture and governance

The Executive Committee, with input from Deans' Council, strikes Plan Development Committees for each area. The committees advise on relevant issues as needed.

July to October 2018
Acting on the advice of each Plan Development Committee, an executive officer provides introductory material to each committee. The committees then outline the changes needed to implement the strategic directions, advising on relevant issues as needed. The Academic Plan Development Committee finishes deliberations. The deans review the academic plan.

November 2018
The draft of the academic plan is completed.

December 2018
The draft of the other three plans (Resources, Community, People, culture and governance) are completed.

Finalize foundation plans and draft the Integrated Strategic Plan

January to February 15, 2019

Using the draft foundation plans to guide their work, a Strategic Planning Group, consisting of Executive Committee and members of Institutional Analysis and Planning (IAP), guide the finalization and integration of the plans so that they are actionable, achievable and aligned with each other and with the Strategic Framework. The resulting document is the draft of the Integrated Strategic Plan.

Review, approve and finalize timelines

February 15 to June 2019

Consultation is a key component in this final stage of the process. The MacEwan community, as well as external stakeholders, is given a final opportunity to review, discuss and provide input on the draft Integrated Strategic Plan, ensuring it fulfills the needs of the institution moving forward. The goal is for the plan to be completed in May 2019 and presented to the Board of Governors for approval.

Key documents

Learn more about the Institutional Strategic Plan and its development.

Strategic Framework

Strategic Plan Background and Process

Strategic Planning Group Members

The past five years

Strategic planning at MacEwan University is currently being guided by the 2014–2019 Integrated Strategic Plan, which focuses on our transition from community college to university. In 2019, this plan will be replaced by the new plan, which will be in place from 2019 to 2024. 

ISP: 2014 – 2019 website

ISP: 2014 – 2019 (PDF)

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(Almost) 100 days

In her first three months on campus, President Deborah Saucier began to get a real feel for MacEwan University—its people, its spaces, its challenges and successes. She was impressed with the sense of connection she found and with the opportunities that come with being a downtown campus.

Planning for the future

Thinking about our values and ideals is an important part of figuring out who we are. That's true at an individual level, but also for our campus, says President Deborah Saucier. Where do you see us going?

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