Our 5 Year Tactics
1.0 - Develop flexible, customizable, technology enhanced learning experiences.
1.1 - Develop a teaching and learning framework to advance and sustain innovative approaches in flexible, customizable learning experiences.
- 1.1.1 - Establish a working group to coordinate and lead a process to develop the framework including an operational definition for flexible and customizable learning, criteria, minimum standards and recommendations for implementation college-wide.
- 1.1.2 - Conduct a literature review and environmental scan to identify best/emerging practices in teaching and learning internal and external to the college.
- 1.1.3 - Identify criteria and minimum standards for programs and service areas to be considered flexible and customizable.
- 1.1.4 - Create an inventory of existing academic courses, programs and relevant services that meet criteria and minimum standards for flexible and customizable learning including identifying opportunities for refinement and/or enhancement to support new development and continuous quality improvement.
- 1.1.5 - Develop a draft framework
- 1.1.6 - Develop a communication and consultation process to gather feedback from end-users on how best to deliver and implement teaching and learning framework.
- 1.1.7 - Identify resources required to develop an implementation plan that includes action plans for professional development, training and academic support services, and the piloting of new alternative approaches in flexible, customizable delivery that responds to specific program opportunities, learning outcomes and/or student demand. Finalize the framework
1.2 - Conduct an impact analysis to optimize the provision of programs and services college-wide in support of flexible, customizable learning.
- 1.2.1 - Research best practices of impact analysis and develop a framework to be used as an assessment tool.
- 1.2.2 - Establish a working group to:
- 1.2.3 - Review current programs and services to identify gaps, opportunities, and associated challenges in implementing flexible, customizable learning as directed by the Teaching and Learning Framework.
- 1.2.4 - Develop impact analyses and formulate recommendations and/or proposed solutions for fiscal/human and technological resources to optimize program and services delivery.
- 1.2.5 - Develop and implement a prioritization plan based on the results of the impact analysis.
- 1.2.6 - Establish a quality improvement approach to continuously review and revise processes, procedures, supports and services to maximize outcomes.
1.3 - Explore an expanded delivery model to retain and attract new audiences through flexible and customizable learning experiences in corporate training, professional development, general education/electives, and topic-specific learning modules/objects.
- 1.3.1 - Establish a working group to oversee the identification, development, implementation and, impact of an expanded delivery model including the identification of current and unconventional models of flexible and customizable delivery.
- 1.3.2 - Create an inventory of existing college modules/ learning objects, delivery models, current practices, and/or technology platforms that could assist and be used to maximize target audience reach, reinforce content sharing and serve as the first phase of implementation of a new delivery model.
- 1.3.3 - Conduct a global literature and best practices review/research of innovative, unconventional models of delivery including surveying existing best practices currently underway at other post-secondary institutions, corporate, and private organizations.
- 1.3.4 - Define “expanded delivery model.”
- 1.3.5 - Conduct a needs assessment (e.g. survey) with existing learners, industry partners, and new audiences who may not already be accessing existing academic programs available through conventional approaches.
- 1.3.6 - Identify risks, costs and conduct an impact analysis to determine the viability of implementing an expanded delivery model including the most appropriate method to disseminate the availability of flexible customizable learning to new audiences. (e.g. portal, centralized location, targeted satellite functions)
- 1.3.7 - Develop a phased implementation plan to establish and build a new, expanded delivery model that best serves the needs of new audiences identified in the needs assessment and which is supported with financial human and technology resources.
- 1.3.8 - Implement a communications and public relations strategy to launch and promote the availability of the new expanded delivery model.
2.0 - Foster an organizational culture of innovation.
2.1 - Define organizational innovation through criteria and initiatives that recognize and reward contributions to solution-based thinking and novel approaches towards organizational excellence.
- 2.1.1 - Establish a working group to coordinate and lead a process to define innovation at Cambrian College including key principles, criteria, scope, and a rewards/recognition approach for internal/external contributions that aim to support furthering our organizational mission and goals of the strategic plan.
- 2.1.2 - Develop a process for collecting new and innovative ideas including criteria for assessing and evaluating solutions brought forward by internal/external community members.
- 2.1.3 - Create a mechanism to respond to ideas, suggestions and opportunities brought forward by internal/external community members.
- 2.1.4 - Develop a business model that can provide the analysis and feasibility of implementing new, novel approaches to innovation including time, human and financial resources.
- 2.1.5 - Create a rewards/recognition program that celebrates internal/external contributions to innovation with an emphasis on local and global industry partners including current, past and present students/staff/faculty and alumni.
- 2.1.6 - Develop a communications plan to ensure ongoing communication/presence of innovation at the College and the impact it has on our day to day service delivery and future of the organization.
2.2 - Establish a teaching and learning innovation hub that supports exploration, experimentation, and creation of enhanced learning experiences.
- 2.2.1 - Establish a working group with comprehensive stakeholder representation to provide oversight of the RFP process.
- 2.2.2 - Develop and submit an RFP to hire a consultant to develop a conceptual model for the innovation hub and considerations for physical space location and resource needs in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Framework working group.
- 2.2.3 - Review best practices to ensure an effective design and implementation including visiting with other existing innovation hub locations external to the organization.
- 2.2.4 - Develop a communication and consultation approach to gather feedback from end-users on their expectations, wants/needs from an innovation hub.
- 2.2.5 - Develop the mandate and scope of the innovation hub.
- 2.2.6 - Develop criteria to identify physical space, equipment and resources required to optimize innovation within a post-secondary environment.
- 2.2.7 - Develop tender for construction of innovation hub.
- 2.2.8 - Make recommendations on the administrative structure that will support the hub.
3.0 - Create meaningful connections in our community and promote the value of shared learning.
3.1 - Develop an Alumni engagement strategy to maximize a broader community outreach and increase student exposure to learning experiences beyond the classroom.
- 3.1.1 - Identify enhancements to existing enterprise system to optimize management of alumni information to support effective and targeted communication including a strategy to identify past and present alumni.
- 3.1.2 - Create a key influencers list of alumni who represent target markets, geographical reach and/or industry partners that may assist in furthering the mission of the organization and opportunities to support philanthropic interests of the strategic plan.
- 3.1.3 - Develop an implementation plan to support targeted engagement opportunities for alumni to increase student exposure to learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom (e.g. expanded co-op/placement experiences, global work/travel/learn opportunities, mentorship programs, guest lecturing, business site visits).
- 3.1.4 - Develop and implement an Alumni Relations Plan.
- 3.1.5 - Create and implement a 50th Anniversary Celebration Plan, in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary Volunteer Committee.
3.2 - Develop a Program Advisory Committee enhancement strategy to increase involvement of community and industry partners in shaping learning experiences at Cambrian College.
- 3.2.1 - Identify a working group to drive the Program Advisory Committee enhancement strategy.
- 3.2.2 - Review existing PAC functions, contributions and expected outcomes of PAC deliverables and membership.
- 3.2.3 - Research industry partners to better understand their motivation in being a PAC member. Poll their interests in enhancing their own involvement in Cambrian, supporting the development of leading practice.
- 3.2.4 - Review information and research and develop a recommended action plan.
- 3.2.5 - Pilot the alternative approaches for PAC involvement in shaping the learning experiences at Cambrian College beyond the existing structure, systems and approaches currently being utilized.
- 3.2.6 - Develop and implement an integrated communications plan and awareness campaign to support recruitment, retention and engagement of PAC members.
- 3.2.7 - Develop a performance measurement process to evaluate the engagement of the PAC membership.
4.0 - Support improved affordability and increased transferability of learning.
4.1 - Create a simplified accessible support program to assist individual students to access low-cost but large impact financial support.
- 4.1.1 - Establish a working group to coordinate and lead a process to define and sustain a low-cost/high impact (bus pass, text books, tool kits, food vouchers, clothing vouchers, etc.) student financial support program, including the identification of new delivery platforms and student and donor engagement practices.
- 4.1.2 - Research and develop a comprehensive inventory of industry best practices, as well as internal and external financial supports available to Cambrian students including grants, bursaries and special support programs.
- 4.1.3 - Develop a framework and criteria to determine which financial supports are available to which students.
- 4.1.4 - Develop and implement a plan to simplify existing grant and bursary programs to increase access to, and availability of student financial support.
- 4.1.5 - Create new and innovative community partnerships and philanthropic giving programs in support of low cost/high impact student financial support.
- 4.1.6 - Develop a sustainable business model to solicit, maintain, monitor and promote an accessible financial support program for students.
- 4.1.7 - Develop and launch an accessible financial support delivery program (e.g. portal) and an accompanying communications plan to promote the availability of the program.
4.2 - Develop an engagement protocol that responds to community demands and barriers to increase Indigenous learner access to postsecondary.
- 4.2.1 - Establish a working group to identify and target specific communities where defined engagement protocols would result in high-impact results to address existing barriers and increase indigenous learner access to post-secondary learning opportunities.
- 4.2.2 - Conduct focus groups with community partners to understand the complexity and urgency of community needs including how Cambrian can assist in facilitating increased access to post-secondary learning opportunities.
- 4.2.3 - Complete a gap analysis including a review and revision of current and former practices to learn from past mistakes and make improvements to strengthen implementation based on relationships forged with community members.
- 4.2.4 - Review and assess recruitment and retention strategies for Indigenous learners including the identification of new strategies to optimize Indigenous access to post-secondary through established and newly proposed protocols.
- 4.2.5 - Review current models of delivery and reinforce existing engagement protocols to enhance and identify new opportunities to collaborate with target communities.
- 4.2.6 - Write the engagement protocol and develop a phased implementation using the protocol.
- 4.2.7 - Document and disseminate key learnings and promote the strengthening relationships forged and the outcomes associated with increased Indigenous access to post-secondary learning opportunities at Cambrian College.
4.3 - Establish a recognizable framework to support increased access and transferability of learning through streamlined pathways with other educational organizations.
- 4.3.1 - Identify the data we currently collect and what data we will need to begin to collect in order to help inform the working group.
- 4.3.2 - Establish a working group to identify and map existing transferability pathways (in/out/within Cambrian College) including alternative considerations for transferability as identified by the Teaching and Learning Framework, expanded delivery model for new audiences and Indigenous engagement protocols.
- 4.3.3 - Implement SWOT analysis (strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats) of existing and future transferability pathways to assess gaps and identify new ventures worth exploring that will further the mission of the organization and fulfill the goals of the strategic plan. This analysis will include consultations with students and graduates who went through the pathway agreements.
- 4.3.4 - Create and evaluate criteria for future articulation agreements and program development considerations to maximize transferability of learning for post-secondary students.
- 4.3.5 - Review best practices in transferability at the post-secondary level (locally, national, and internationally) that could be replicated as part of an integrated plan to maximize current approaches and establish new opportunities not currently in implementation.
- 4.3.6 - Review existing policies, procedures and curriculum to remove barriers that may inhibit increased transferability and effective communication of program offerings for students.
- 4.3.7 - Implement an annual impact analysis to review transferability agreements, effectiveness, reach, and use among student body internal and external to the organization.
5.0 - Provide enhanced opportunities to learn and apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples.
5.1 - Develop a curriculum integration framework to support increased student exposure and understanding of Indigenous culture, traditions and learning perspectives.
- 5.1.1 - Create a working group to support the development of the curriculum framework.
- 5.1.2 - Conduct a literature review of existing research and curriculum integration efforts conducted in Ontario and nation-wide.
- 5.1.3 - Conduct a review of existing curriculum to identify appropriate areas to include exposure and targeted learning outcomes specific to indigenous culture.
- 5.1.4 - Develop an implementation plan that supports the integration of Indigenous content in all programs.
- 5.1.5 - Implement and host an event (e.g. symposium) on best practices, key learnings and opportunities to engage and integrate Aboriginal learning into program areas.
5.2 - Establish a college-wide recognition approach to celebrate and increase collaboration with our host Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation.
- 5.2.1 - Establish a Working Group to determine key principles, criteria and scope to recognize and celebrate our host.
- 5.2.2 - Consult with indigenous community to build relationships that will appropriately honour and respect cultural significance and appropriate practice.
- 5.2.3 - Review, develop and implement policies and protocols that identify opportunities for greater involvement college-wide.
- 5.2.4 - Create and implement a collaborative and integrated training program to share educational opportunities that assist to reinforce and recognize cultural practices and traditions of indigenous peoples.
- 5.2.5 - Review and revise existing communication materials and/or program areas to reflect appropriate practice in celebrating and honouring Indigenous culture.
- 5.2.6 - Solicit feedback and insight from the Aboriginal Affairs Committee of the Board of Governors.
6.0 - Establish and promote an inclusive and engaging atmosphere to work and learn.
6.1 - Create shared-learning space that promotes increased faculty/student interaction, and independent and group study.
This objective is co-dependent on Objective 1.1. A meeting of the sponsors and co-chairs will be held to determine if they need to be integrated or if they can stand alone. For now, this objective is scheduled to start once the Objective 1.1 is completed.
- 6.1.1 - Establish a working group to consult with stakeholders and to guide the RFP process.
- 6.1.2 - Submit an RFP to identify a consultant to review existing learning spaces including recommendations for both virtual collaboration spaces and physical construction or a retrofit building plan (including appropriate equipment, furniture, technology) to optimize faculty/student interaction space and increase independent/group study space (Consider integration as part of modernization plan.)
- 6.1.3 - Seek industry engagement in the process to assess potential opportunities for collaboration and shared space opportunities both in the physical and virtual world.
- 6.1.4 - Review and identify alternate approaches or tools for shared-learning space that go beyond the traditional physical space arrangements and considers virtual collaboration opportunities for socialization, and networking.
- 6.1.5 - Develop an implementation/work plan to identify scope, timelines, deliverables, resources, and priorities for investment.
- 6.1.6 - Implement the creation of shared learning space in both physical and virtual worlds.
6.2 - Establish a campus modernization plan that optimizes hands-on, collaborative learning experiences through the revitalization of common areas, simulation, and academic lab spaces.
- 6.2.1 - Establish a working group with comprehensive stakeholder representation to provide oversight of the RFP process and purview of modernization plan.
- 6.2.2 - Develop and submit an RFP for a consultant to review all campuses and provide an implementation plan that will support modernization of common areas, simulation and academic lab spaces and in consultation with working group on shared-learning space.
- 6.2.3 - Develop a communication and consultation process to gather feedback from students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
- 6.2.4 - Develop a communications strategy to inform the internal and external community of the college's modernization plan.
- 6.2.5 - Establish priorities for implementation of the plan including integration with existing academic program plan activities and/or service delivery timeframes.
6.3 - Develop an organizational framework to reinforce positive mental wellness and address barriers to full participation in the learning experience.
- 6.3.1 - Utilize the College’s existing Mental Health Committee and expanding its membership to include students and external expertise/partners to establish a systemic plan for mental wellness guided by the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services (CACUSS) report on Post-Secondary Mental Health (2013) that addresses implications, barrier and needs of both staff, faculty, and students.
- 6.3.2 - Conduct a review of existing policies, procedures, protocols, agreements and communications materials to ensure and adopt positive mental wellness approaches and eliminate barriers.
- 6.3.3 - Conduct a literature review and environmental scan to identify best/emerging practices in mental wellness in the post-secondary learning environment.
- 6.3.4 - Develop an annual training, education or awareness building initiative to support positive well-being and educate others on the barriers that currently inhibit full participation in the learning experience.
- 6.3.5 - Establish an early alert system that build faculty and staff capacity to notice early indications of concerns and how to connect them with supports and resources.
- 6.3.6 - Identify enhanced mechanisms, practices, and programs in place to facilitate outreach to individuals experiencing difficulties and connection to appropriate supportive services and resources.
- 6.3.7 - Explore mentorship and student life programs that encourage multiple ways for students to connect within the community with a specific emphasis on distance learners, international students, first generation and indigenous populations.
6.4 - Create and implement a college-wide plan to build awareness and understanding of the diverse perspectives and learning needs of our campus community.
- 6.4.1 - Establish a working group that includes staff, faculty and students to review existing policies, practices, procedures, or communication approaches that may inhibit inclusion and engagement. Revise, develop and implement new policies, procedures or practices to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.
- 6.4.2 - Conduct a staff and student survey to better understand the baseline knowledge and attitudes about how we currently serve the diverse needs of our campus community and where we could improve.
- 6.4.3 - Develop and implement an integrated professional development and training plan to integrate diversity training as part of onboarding of all new employees and as part of continued professional development.
- 6.4.4 - Develop and implement an awareness campaign that reinforces universal design, equity and appropriate practice for inclusion of all the diverse members of our campus community.
7.0 - Establish our global identity as a leader in evidence-based practice and applied research.
7.1 - Identify new opportunities to collaborate with industry partners to build our national recognition as a leader in student-engaged applied research.
- 7.1.1 - Establish a working group to coordinate and lead a process to increase our collaboration with industry partners and raise our profile as a leader in student-engaged applied research.
- 7.1.2 - Research and inventory existing partnerships, opportunities and best practices in the area of applied research.
- 7.1.3 - Develop a three year business plan that identifies new partnerships, strategic areas of focus, and opportunities for increased industry, faculty and student involvement in applied research.
- 7.1.4 - Develop an ongoing marketing and communications campaign (internal and external), including special events, to increase student involvement in applied research and to promote current applied research and successes.
- 7.1.5 - Identify and explore new funding sources and programs in support of student-engaged applied research.
- 7.1.6 - Develop and implement a plan to support a dedicated human resource/s to advance our applied research portfolio (e.g. Chair in Mining Research).
- 7.1.7 - Develop and host an appropriate event showcasing applied research best practices and key learnings.
7.2 - Identify leading and promising practices to advance evidence-based practice and drive continuous quality improvement.
- 7.2.1 - Establish a working group to define criteria and working definitions for best practice, evidence based practice and promising practices at Cambrian College.
- 7.2.2 - Through an internal/external review, create an inventory of existing practices/frameworks/models that meet the defined criteria.
- 7.2.3 - Develop a College framework for the advancement of evidence-based practice and continuous quality improvement that will:
- assist the organization in reinforcing differentiation, collaboration and sustainability efforts;
- actively identify and promote best and evidence-based practices on a broad scale;
- ensure regular review, assessment and improvement of College practices and processes.
- 7.2.4 - Create and implement a method to prioritize and itemize investments in promising practices that could assist the organization in reinforcing differentiation, collaboration and sustainability efforts at the post-secondary level.
8.0 - Broaden our outreach and brand awareness.
8.1 - Establish criteria to identify and actively promote distinctive programs and services unique to Cambrian College
- 8.1.1 - Establish a working group to identify criteria for distinctive programs and services that further our strategic priority in continuous access to flexible and customizable learning.
- 8.1.2 - Review and inventory current internal and external practices used to identify distinctive programs and services.
- 8.1.3 - Conduct an analysis of current program review process used to identify programs of distinction.
- 8.1.4 - Develop criteria and an annual review process to ensure consistency with evolving practice of accessing new flexible and customizable learning opportunities.
- 8.1.5 - Using identified criteria, identify current programs and services that meet or exceed criteria for distinction.
- 8.1.6 - Develop a training and education plan for Cambrian staff that supports their understanding of Cambrian’s new criteria for distinctive programs and services.
- 8.1.7 - Develop a marketing and communication strategy that promotes the programs and/or services that meet or exceed criteria for distinction.
8.2 - Develop a comprehensive internationalization strategy to provide reciprocal learning exchange opportunities internally and externally.
- 8.2.1 - Review consultants recommendations of existing best practices in internationalization including guidance and oversight of all tactics related to the development of the internationalization strategy specifically to:
- provide an international student recruitment plan including target countries for next 5-7 years and;
- determine target countries and key program areas that would benefit from international student and faculty exchange opportunities;
- Complete a human resource needs assessment to adequately respond to increases in international student body and key initiatives to support increased internationalization across the campus;
- Develop a consultative approach to gather feedback from end-users on how best to deliver and implement teaching and learning experiences that optimize internationalization college-wide.
- 8.2.2 - Establish a cross-representative working-group to lead strategic engagement process to develop and communicate the internationalization strategy.
- 8.2.3 - Develop an action plan based upon recommendations as identified by the consultant’s report and working group members.