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 late 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 to May 2018

July 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

September 2018 to February 2019

September to October 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

  • People and culture

  • Community

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

An executive officer provides introductory material to each Foundation Plan Development Committee. The committees will use the introductions to outline changes needed to implement the strategic directions, advising on relevant issues as needed.

October 2018 to February 2019

Foundation Plans written by Plan Development Committees for Resources, People and Culture, and Community.

October 2018

Academic Plan Strategic Direction 1 and 2 written.

  • Consultation Event: Town Hall

    • For faculty, staff and students to provide opportunity for feedback on Academic Plan’s response to Strategic Directions 1 and 2.

    • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m., CN Theatre)

November 2018

Academic Plan Strategic Direction 3 and 4 written.

  • Consultation Event: Town Hall

    • For faculty, staff and students to provide opportunity for feedback on the Academic Plan in response to all directions, with a focus on 3 and 4.

    • Monday, November 26, 2018 (2:30 – 4:30 p.m., CN Theatre)

    • Friday, November 30, 2018 (2:30 – 4:30 p.m., CN Theatre)

The Academic Plan Development Committee finishes deliberations. Draft of Academic Plan completed. The Deans review the Academic Plan.

Finalize foundation plans and draft the Integrated Strategic Plan

February to March 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.

  • Consultation Events are being planned and will appear here when they are confirmed.

Review, approve and finalization

April 2019 to December 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.

April to May 2019

Engage internal MacEwan community and external stakeholders on the draft of the ISP.

April to June 2019

Revise ISP based on consultation feedback. 

July to August 2019

Strategic Planning Group finalizes ISP. 

September to November 2019

Engage internal MacEwan community and external stakeholders on the final draft of the ISP.

November 2019

Strategic Planning Group finalizes ISP 2019-2024. 

November to December 2019

Approval of ISP by Academic Governance Council and Board of Governors.

Key documents

Learn more about the Integrated Strategic Plan and its development.

Strategic Framework

Background and Process

Strategic Planning Group and Foundation Plan Members

Further background documents for staff and faculty review can be found on the Institutional Analysis and Planning page in


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)

Crowd outside MacEwan

(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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