Event postponed: Senate planning forum invites discussion on vision for multi-campus University

People walk through Vari Hall, which is located on York U's Keele campus

NOTE: Due to several extenuating circumstances, the decision has been taken to defer the forum to the Fall 2023 term. Watch for updates in YFile.

Members of the York University community are invited to attend the Senate-sponsored planning forum for a discussion on “Seizing the Opportunities of a Multi-campus University” on Thursday, March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to noon (postponed). The mode of the forum has changed to virtual only.

York is a fully comprehensive, research-intensive, multi-campus, urban University. With the launch of the new Markham campus in 2024, and a revisioning process underway at Glendon, it is timely to reflect on what it means to be a multi-campus University and how to tap into its full potential for research and teaching collaborations across disciplines.

The normalization of digital and hybrid modes of academic engagement opens new possibilities for connecting York’s campus network to create more vibrant scholarly communities, expanded student learning opportunities and deeper community partnerships to collectively support the priorities of the 2020-2025 University Academic Plan. York’s development over the past decade has been one of purposeful expansion in directions that respond to the needs of future learners, both locally and globally, as well as the evolving needs of society. The forum will engage the collegium in dialogue and brainstorming to articulate the opportunities that a multi-campus university holds to make positive change for faculty, students, York’s campuses and the University’s local and global communities.

This year’s planning forum is a 2.5-hour forum will be delivered in a virtual mode via Zoom. It includes two components: stage-setting brief remarks from panelists; and, small break-out group discussions that rely heavily on audience participation. A set of framing questions will guide the small group discussions. Using interactive polling, participants will provide feedback following the focused discussion groups to facilitate the identification of main ideas.

The program

9:30 a.m. – APPRC Chair welcome and the provost’s introduction of panelists
9:45 a.m. – Panelists: Brief presentations on inter-campus research and teaching opportunities, new forms of community engagement, and learnings from other multi-campus universities
10:25 a.m. – Break-out groups (in-person and virtual) set up
10:30 a.m. – Break-out group discussions facilitated by APPRC members
11:30 a.m. – Plenary polling of participants for feedback on break-out group discussions
11:50 a.m. – Wrap up: summation of main ideas and recommendations

RSVP here to attend in person or online. The Zoom details for the session will be provided to those who register their participation.