Its cover, with TWU's signature blue, houses a twelve page booklet better known as the Strategic Direction. This directive outlines the plans and goals for the University over the next 10 years concluding in 2016, initiatives which will set the course of TWU through the coming century.
The document, however, is not complete. Instead, the material has been created as a starting point - a point of entry into a conversation with stakeholders worldwide. Members of the public, parents, students, donors, staff, faculty and the like are invited into discussions with the University to ultimately mold the University's directional statements.
This approach is a first for Trinity Western University. Not only is the University looking to its campus as it prepares for the future, but it's also actively engaging a broader network. Over the next few months Dr. Raymond and his team will conduct public and community-driven conversations where the current state of the University and its future direction will be presented and discussed, offering a kind of transparency rarely seen in the University's 40-year history. Suggestions will be compiled and then built into the Formal Strategic Plan slated for completion August 20, 2007.
Says Raymond, “In establishing our present plans we need to have clarity on what the University will look like in the future. The president does not hold a flashlight in the dark and tell everyone to follow, rather as people speak into the future of the University they bring light, they bring ideas, they bring affirmations…we want a vision of the University that is enlightened by the thinking of many people.”
The Strategic Direction divides the goals and plans for the University into four main areas. While the mission of the University is Educational Vitality there are three additional support networks critical to its success: Necessary Infrastructure, Resource Stewardship and Advancement Momentum. Targets that fall into these categories include establishing the University as a world-renowned learning and research centre, launching and growing multiple extension sites throughout North America and the world (TWU presently has extension campuses in Bellingham WA, Ottawa and Salt Spring Island, BC), creating a renowned employment culture where the campus attracts and retains world-class faculty and staff, and improving tuition affordability while building the University's endowment. While some may consider the Strategic Direction aggressive, Raymond looks at it much differently. He says, “This is a progressive plan. It suggests a very positive future by which the University will optimize its ability to have an impact on the world.”
More information on TWU's Strategic Direction entitled “Design the Decade: Envision the Century” can be found by visiting www.twu.ca/strategic-direction.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, communications and education to biotechnology and nursing, and offers 15 graduate degrees in such areas as counseling psychology, business, the humanities, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2007-10-11