Community open forum planned for Nov. 7 will consider next University Academic Plan

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York University community members are invited to participate in an interactive forum to help create the next University Academic Plan (UAP), to be hosted by the Academic Policy, Planning & Research Committee (APPRC) of the Senate of York University. A Keele Campus forum will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the second floor of the New Student Centre. An upcoming Glendon Campus forum on the UAP will be hosted by Glendon Faculty Council (date to be determined).

The Keele Campus forum has been scheduled at a critical stage in the development of the Senate-approved UAP for 2020-25. It has been designed to be interactive, using multiple methods for engagement including a real-time audience polling and feedback technology. Participants are encouraged to bring computers, tablets or phones if possible, to facilitate participation. Participants will be asked to consider specific initiatives that should be pursued and how best to assess progress.

Discussion questions will include topics such as:

  • What are the most vital actions to be taken over the next five years that will advance excellence at York University?
  • Are there areas where York University is uniquely positioned to make significant contributions to the public good?

The Chairs of Senate and APPRC, Lassonde School of Engineering Professor Franck van Breugel and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Professor Carl S. Ehrlich, will moderate and open the proceedings with an overview of the UAP and the current process. York University’s Provost and Vice-President Academic Lisa Philipps will also make brief remarks prior to the start of the forum.

Information on the UAP Renewal process, options for engagement, and background document including “25+ Years of Achievement: A Retrospective,” can be found on the Secretariat website.

Space is limited and attendees are asked to confirm attendance by filling out the online RSVP form.

There are many ways to contribute to the UAP Planning process:

  • in-person at the open forum;
  • by posting your thoughts on public bulletin boards located at Scott Library and Vari Hall;
  • through the feedback for on the UAP Renewal website;
  • by email to