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Our Place

Grenfell Campus is preparing to compete, and flourish, provincially, nationally and internationally. Challenges lie not only within our own geographic area of Atlantic Canada, but also in international markets. We are competing for students, research dollars and human resources, at home and around the world. As well as competing regionally and internationally, we are collaborating regionally and internationally. We are working with Canadian and international partners to build research and teaching relationships that will support our ambitions. In the midst of this reality we are preparing ourselves by focusing on this place— our local infrastructure, our geographical location, our place in, and contribution to, the province’s post-secondary education system, our place in the provincial economy, and our place in the world. We are setting goals and objectives. We are sharpening our focus. We are ready to meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.

 

Statement of Academic Purpose

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is a degree granting institution which offers a variety of academic and professional programs within the context of a liberal arts and science education. As part of the Memorial University of Newfoundland system, SWGC accommodates students who wish to move between campuses or continue their studies elsewhere.

At Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, a liberal education means a critical and open-minded pursuit of knowledge providing students with increased understanding of themselves and of social, cultural and physical environments, enabling them to respond to a rapidly changing world. A liberal education marks the start of preparation for a career and it may lead to graduate work in a number of fields. In a broader sense it is intended to build a foundation for social, cultural and recreational interests that will help students move toward a meaningful personal and professional life. Academically, the aim of Grenfell College is to enable students to be open to new ways of thinking and to gain a lasting intellectual self-confidence so that they may have both the ability and the desire to be life-long learners.

At Sir Wilfred Grenfell College the goal of high quality education will be attained by:

  • challenging students in a variety of dynamic settings and providing them with a personalized learning environment
  • maintaining high academic standards
  • fostering excellence and leadership in teaching
  • supporting and encouraging scholarship, research, performance and artistic endeavour, and to encouraging student participation in these activities
  • providing varied and diverse opportunities for students’ personal, social, and intellectual development

Core Values

Liberal Education. Grenfell asserts that liberal education is a fundamental good in and of itself, as well as a proven means of achieving personal growth, career development and informed citizenship.

Student Focus. Grenfell is dedicated to serving students and to offering them a high-quality educational environment.

Community. Grenfell is a community of scholars striving to nurture and develop an identity.

Service. Grenfell serves the broader community of Labrador and western Newfoundland, in particular, and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole.

Diversity. The Grenfell community welcomes and celebrates diversity of background, ability, lifestyle and belief as a catalyst for growth and enrichment.

Quality. Grenfell is committed to highest standards in teaching, research and academic service.

Environmental Stewardship. Grenfell is committed to becoming a sustainable campus.

Vision

 

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College will be a diverse liberal arts and science university offering distinctive graduate and undergraduate programming with a strong environmental, health, and fine arts focus, serving the needs of the region, but with relevance to the national and international communities, through excellence in scholarship, teaching, and research.

 

 

Mission

The mission of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is to contribute to society through the pursuit and application of knowledge. Grenfell will expand its range of offerings to the post-baccalaureate level while ensuring the relevance, balance, and excellence of its current programs so as to attract and retain students. Grenfell will promote diversity, innovation, and environmental stewardship to develop a distinctive image and to fulfill its role as a quality institution within the province.

Knowing Place

Strategic Direction: Strengthen our identity as an excellent small university with distinctive academic and research programs.

Goal 1

Prepare 21st-century learners with a student-centred education that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to become capable, engaged and successful members of a constantly changing world.

 

Goal 2

Introduce new undergraduate and graduate programs and expand opportunities for other learning experiences.

 

Goal 3

Promote SWGC’s research activities and programs and implement changes to ensure a productive research environment.

 

Goal 4

Create and enhance student career-related employment and experiential learning opportunities.

Discovering Place

Strategic Direction: Develop and strengthen Grenfell’s profile locally, nationally, and internationally to support program, research and community needs.

Goal 5

Establish Grenfell as a ‘destination of choice’ for students—increase student enrolment through recruitment strategies and retention initiatives targeting local, national and international students.

Goal 6

Create a strategic marketing plan to promote Grenfell regionally, nationally, and internationally in support of student and faculty recruitment efforts and to promote western Newfoundland as a desirable location.

Goal 7

Engage international and national scholars and share their expertise with our communities in support of academic programmes, research and regional development.

 

Goal 8

Strengthen formal and informal partnerships with community groups, non-governmental organizations and government departments and agencies.

Building Place

 

Strategic Direction: Strengthen the community and the university by building capacity.

Goal 9

Improve working environment and professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff.

 

Goal 10

Develop a Comprehensive Capital and Infrastructural Improvement Plan to define and address the infrastructural needs for the next ten (10) years and secure funding to support and implement the plan.

Goal 11

Integrate Western Regional School of Nursing with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College administratively and provide dedicated space for nursing programming.

Goal 12

Establish an Alumni Development Office to establish contacts and identify donors.

Protecting Place

 

Strategic Direction: Become a leader on environmental issues and healthy living initiatives.

Goal 13

Establish an Environmental Policy Institute and develop an internal structure to link environmental degree programs, environmental research, and other environmentally-focused campus activities.

Goal 14

Incorporate best principles and practices for sustainability, health and safety in all new construction, in any improvements in infrastructure and in all campus operations.

 

Goal 15

Promote health, wellness, and healthy activity on campus and increase opportunities for participation in recreation programs and competitive sport.

Goal 1

Prepare 21st-century learners with a student-centred education that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to become capable, engaged and successful members of a constantly changing world

 

 

Objectives:

 

  • academic divisions will identify areas in which hiring in support of the liberal arts and science core is needed and will prioritize the positions for the next five years
  • academic programme units will review and report on class sizes and pedagogy every five years to ensure course quality and relevance
  • Student Services will review student support systems, set priorities for non-academic programming, and develop new strategies and services for student success by 2010
  • Ferriss Hodgett Library will work with academic divisions to develop and implement curriculum-based library instruction over the next three years to support students’ development of research and information skills
  • Registrar will develop procedures over the next two years to track graduates to assess placement and employment success.

Goal 2

Introduce new undergraduate and graduate programs and expand opportunities for other learning experiences

 

Objectives:

 

  • SWGC President shall appoint an ad hoc committee to identify potential new and innovative programming leading to capacity building in areas of regional and provincial importance
  • the Academic Planning Committee will assess program proposals according to the principles of the revised academic plan to ensure undergraduate and graduate programmes meet the academic aims of the institution
  • SWGC will seek opportunities to expand program collaboration with the College of the North Atlantic as per the recommendations in the White Paper
  • the College Academic Council will consider the report of the consultant working with the School of Graduate Studies in St. John’s in developing models for graduate programming
  • College Academic Council will complete the internal processes to have at least one graduate program, as identified in the consultant’s report and proposed by committees of faculty and staff, in place by 2010
  • SWGC will explore the feasibility of establishing SWGC graduate programming at the Bonne Bay Marine Station

Goal 3

Promote SWGC’s research activities and programs and implement changes to ensure a productive research environment

 

 

Objectives:

 

  • Grenfell will initiate reduction of faculty teaching load to five teaching units and increase faculty complement to support programs to increase faculty time available for research
  • SWGC will seek major equipment acquisitions in support of project research
  • Grenfell will build on existing partnerships with the Centre of Environmental Excellence, Natural Resources Canada, the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education, Western Health, and other national and international partner academic institutions to increase opportunities for collaborative faculty and student research
  • search efforts will target young scholars with strong research agendas when recruiting new faculty
  • create a structure within the Research Office to facilitate commercialization of faculty research by 2011
  • communications staff will develop and implement a plan to promote Grenfell’s research activities by 2010
  • administration will increase internal allocation to Principal’s Research Fund as required to provide seed money for faculty research projects
  • SWGC will complete the consultation process associated with the Centre for Aging to determine feasibility of establishing a Centre for Aging housed in the Long Term Care facility by 2010.
  • SWGC will continue to collaborate with the existing working group for the establishment of an Aquatic Research Centre in the region
  • SWGC will host annual Atlantic student research symposia starting in 2010, rotating the focus amongst the Academic Divisions and support student attendance at other regional conferences and symposia
  • Academic Divisions will create formal opportunities for faculty to discuss their research with colleagues and students by 2009-10

Goal 4

Create and enhance student career-related employment and experiential learning opportunities.

 

Objectives:

 

  • prepare a report identifying mentorship opportunities for MUCEP and lobby for increased funding in support by 2010
  • seek additional funding for student assistants in support of core functions by 2010
  • Academic Divisions will investigate the desirability of co-op and experiential learning options for programs and report by 2010
  • secure funding by 2010 to establish an on-campus centre for career and placement services to assist graduating students’ transitions into the workplace
  • secure core funding for Gateway West to support students’ efforts at entrepreneurship
  • explore the feasibility of establishing further collaborative field courses between international research facilities and SWGC
  • support and expand the use of Harlow facilities

Goal 5

Establish Grenfell as a ‘destination of choice’ for students—increase student enrolment through recruitment strategies and retention initiatives targeting local, national and international students.

 

Objectives:

 

  • SWGC will develop a formal and comprehensive recruitment strategy by Fall 2009
  • SWGC will review the strategy on an annual basis in consultation with the Registrar’s Office and Principal’s Office and will revise strategies as necessary
  • SWGC will examine the feasibility of establishing an office of Student Recruitment and Retention
  • SWGC will conduct research to identify student needs in the national and international market by fall 2009.
  • a Student Retention Committee will assess student satisfaction with current Grenfell programmes and work with the Student Recruitment staff to determine appeal and labour market potential among groups targeted for recruitment
  • Student Services and GCSU will support a vibrant campus life through non-academic activities that encourage students to stay at Grenfell and complete their degrees
  • relevant staff and faculty will continue to work with the Office of Student Recruitment, the International Office, Student Affairs and Services, and the Registrar’s Office on the St. John’s campus on recruitment and retention issues
  • the International Student Officer will work with provincial and federal governments to ease immigration, transition, and employment issues for international students
  • By Spring 2009 College Academic Council will initiate approval process for the proposed English as a Second Language program to facilitate the recruitment of international students
  • Community Education and College Relations in consultation with ESL staff will develop a plan to offer short term ESL programs to meet the needs of newcomers in the community and visitors by Fall 2010
  • SWGC will hold discussions with aboriginal groups within the province to better understand and meet their post-secondary needs administration will work with the Labrador Institute to facilitate student recruitment

Goal 6

Create a strategic marketing plan to promote Grenfell regionally, nationally, and internationally in support of student and faculty recruitment efforts and to promote western Newfoundland as a desirable location.

Objectives:

  • hire marketing personnel in 2009
  • initiate strategic marketing planning as soon as the legislation establishing Grenfell as a university is in place

Goal 7

Engage international and national scholars and share their expertise with our communities in support of academic programmes, research and regional development

 

Objectives:

 

  • Grenfell will increase opportunities for student and faculty exchanges and collaborations with institutions in other countries to broaden academic and research experience
  • Academic units will increase the number of adjunct faculty across the disciplines to provide students and faculty with research access to a broad range of expertise
  • Senior Planning group will investigate and report on the potential of using the Bonne Bay Marine Station and the Harlow Campus to increase opportunities for off-campus academic and research experiences and non-credit programming by 2010
  • Grenfell will redevelop its series of international academic conferences by 2011 to promote Grenfell and bring national and international researchers and graduate students to campus
  • Academic units will investigate demand for distance delivery of courses and will develop such courses where programming is targeted at part-time students and students already in the workforce

Goal 8

Strengthen formal and informal partnerships with community groups, non-governmental organizations and government departments and agencies

 

Objectives:

 

  • Grenfell will hold a public event promoting the college’s academic programmes or research each semester, starting 2009
  • the Research Office will annually arrange meetings with provincial and federal government departments and agencies to investigate possible research collaborations
  • ferriss Hodgett Library will allocate resources starting in 2009 to digitize library collections of local interest or significance for easier access by researchers and agencies and increased community access
  • Community Education and College Relations will continue development of non-credit programming to meet the needs of the community and to raise our profile regionally and internationally
  • Grenfell will sign an MOU with NRCan and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador to more effectively coordinate for science research
  • Grenfell will actively engage community organizations to better link to the local business communityGrenfell will explore means whereby the SWGC Gallery can enhance its visibility in the community

Goal 9

Improve working environment and professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff.

 

 

Objectives:

 

 

  • establish a Human Resources department at SWGC by 2010
  • Administration will engage human resources staff and initiate review of staffing levels to recommend appropriate structures and staffing levels in all academic and administrative areas in 2009
  • administration will conduct a workplace satisfaction survey in 2009 to determine need for professional development opportunities and assess job satisfaction
  • Grenfell will identify physical workspace deficiencies and take steps to provide remedies
  • administration will investigate and report on best practices in staff and faculty professional development in universities across the country by fall 2010
  • human resources staff will facilitate professional development opportunities for employees on campus
  • administration will seek resources for increased staff participation in regional and national organizations to maintain contact with other professionals in academic institutions

Goal 10

Develop a Comprehensive Capital and Infrastructural Improvement Plan to define and address the infrastructural needs for the next ten (10) years and secure funding to support and implement the plan.

Objectives:

  • administration will pursue full funding for the Arts and Science Annex and the 108-bed residence structure
  • SWGC Facilities Management will produce a comprehensive report identifying current and projected infrastructural requirements for academic, research and administrative programs, office and ancillary space requirements and research space for the next ten (10) years

Goal 11

Integrate Western Regional School of Nursing with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College administratively and provide dedicated space for nursing programming.

 

Objectives:

 

  • the Vice-Principal will actively participate in the Nursing Consolidation Steering Committee to facilitate the integration of Western Regional School of Nursing in accordance with its proposed model of affiliation by 2010
  • Nursing program space needs will be included in CCIIP following consultation with Western Regional School of Nursing

Goal 12

Establish an Alumni Development Office to establish contacts and identify donors

Objectives:

  • administration will work with Alumni Affairs and Development in St. John’s to establish the SWGC Alumni Development office in 2009
  • administration with work with Alumni Affairs and Development staff assigned to Grenfell issues to develop and implement a plan for alumni development and donor contact

Goal 13

Establish an Environmental Policy Institute and develop an internal structure to link environmental degree programs, environmental research, and other environmentally-focused campus activities.

Objectives:

  • the Division of Social Science will establish faculty positions in Environmental Policy in 2008 and complete plans for an Environmental Policy Institute in 2009
  • through a consultation process with faculty and staff, Grenfell will develop an administrative model to link units and programs with an environmental focus by 2010 and implement in following year

Goal 14

Incorporate best principles and practices for sustainability, health and safety in all new construction, in any improvements in infrastructure and in all campus operations.

Objectives:

  • form a sustainability committee of faculty, staff, students, and administrators to consult on “green” technologies and practices in building construction, maintenance and day-to-day campus operations and liaise with sustainability office on St. John’s campus
  • plan construction of all new infrastructure to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards in accordance with provincial government policy
  • immediately conduct an inventory of “green” campus activities such as recycling, use of environmentally safe products, student and partner awareness activities and develop policies to reduce waste and energy consumption
  • administration will work with the St. John’s campus on developing an emergency alert system
  • administration will update the campus Emergency Plan in 2009

Goal 15

Promote health, wellness, and healthy activity on campus and increase opportunities for participation in recreation programs and competitive sport.

Objectives:

Wellness Officer and Recreation Facilities coordinator will undertake a user survey and a study to determine level and range of services suitable for the size of the campus in 2009, develop a plan in 2010, and fully implement it by 2013

  • through the Wellness Officer and Recreation Facilities Coordinator, provide seasonal recreational activities for students, faculty, and staff to promote health
  • Wellness Officer will investigate participation in Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association and other organizations for intercampus competition to provide varsity sport opportunity for students to create campus spirit
  • Wellness Officer will increase health and wellness education on campus through displays, programs, and activities to support healthy lifestyle choices for faculty, staff, and students

Quality Assurance

  • Continue academic program reviews on a planned cycle for all undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Continue to conduct user satisfaction surveys of non-academic programming.
  • Maintain annual statistical tracking of registrations, facilities usage, scheduled activities.
  • Conduct cost-benefit analyses of initiatives.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled employee satisfaction surveys.
  • Carry out research on best practices at comparable institutions.
  • Meet external accreditation standards as required for individual programs

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