UBC’s next strategic plan – we’d like to hear from you!

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

The holiday season is a time both for reflection and for looking ahead to the future. As I reflect on UBC’s first 100 years, I am also looking ahead to UBC’s future as an eminent public research university.

To help secure this future, UBC is embarking upon a comprehensive strategic planning process. Our new strategic plan will serve as a road map as we embark upon UBC’s second century. The strategic plan will help us focus even more intently on our core priorities of education and research. It will allow the UBC community to define our collective priorities and the means by which we can build upon the achievements of the past century.

I will be launching the strategic planning process in January 2017. If you’d like to learn more about what I have in mind, please listen to my installation address at http://president.ubc.ca/installation/address.

In preparation for the launch of the process, I would also like to hear from you on a few important questions:

  • What is UBC’s greatest strength?
  • What differentiates UBC from other universities?
  • What is your main priority for UBC’s next strategic plan?
  • We want to engage as many people as possible in the strategic planning process. Do you have any suggestions on how best to do this?

Please take some time to think about these questions and, if you wish, to discuss them with others. You may also like to review the vision and values set out in UBC’s current strategic plan, Place & Promise, at http://strategicplan.ubc.ca/the-plan/vision-statement/.

You can respond to these questions online at https://survey.ubc.ca/s/strategic_planning_launch/. Please provide me with your thoughts by January 20, 2017. Your ideas are a very important part of the planning process. I will share your insights with a steering committee of faculty, staff, students and other members of the UBC community and publish some of the best ideas on a strategic planning website.

This is your first opportunity to be involved with the strategic planning process, and it’s an important one because it will help to shape our early work. In January, we will explain the different ways in which you can help build the plan that will shape UBC’s next century.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

New members elected to Board of Governors

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

In recent weeks, elections were held for faculty and staff representatives to join the UBC Board of Governors.

Thank you to all those who submitted themselves for nomination. I can confirm the following individuals have been elected to join the Board:

Faculty & staff — Vancouver
The successful candidates representing faculty are Drs. Charles R. Menzies and Ayesha S. Chaudhry, both from the Faculty of Arts. Mr. Darran Fernandez of Enrolment Services has been elected for a second term as the representative of the non-academic staff of the Vancouver campus. The 2017–2020 term for these representatives begins on March 1, 2017.

Faculty & staff — Okanagan
Dr. John Klironomos, from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, also known as the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected as the faculty representative. Mr. Curtis Morcom of Finance Operations and Strategies has been elected to represent staff. Their three-year terms will commence on September 1, 2017.

Senate elections
Elections for the Vancouver and Okanagan Senate will continue through early 2017. Nominations for convocation members are open until January 31, 2017. Please visit https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/triennial1617 for more information.

Thank you once again to all the candidates for their interest in serving the university and the Board of Governors, and to everyone who took part in the elections process.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

10-Year Faculty Housing Strategy

To: Faculty in Vancouver

The increasingly high-priced Vancouver housing market presents one of the most significant challenges facing the university as we strive to recruit and retain the very best faculty. Over the last year, the university has been working on re-energizing the existing Faculty Home Ownership Program (FHOP) and related housing supports to expand the housing options for our faculty.

Today, the Board of Governors considered a series of proposed updates to the FHOP and the UBC rental program, collectively known as the 10-Year Faculty Housing Strategy. I am pleased to announce that the Board approved the following changes:

  • Expanding supply and accelerating the pace of delivery of new rental units, including an additional 750 units (approx.) over the next five years;
  • Expanding the format and size range of rental inventory, and reviewing design;
  • Working with UBC Properties Trust to convert 42 market townhomes (approx.) on campus for faculty rental in the next two years;
  • Adopting a more strategic approach to managing the rental waitlist;
  • Maintaining the Down Payment Assistance Program for existing eligible faculty and increasing the program from $45k to $50k for eligible faculty hired after June 30, 2017;
  • Creating a $10 million fund for housing loans to faculty members;
  • Establishing a loan program that will provide selected faculty members with a 15-year low-interest rate PIRL loan (Prescribed Interest Rate Loan) to support a home purchase anywhere in the Lower Mainland.

More information can be found online at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/housing-relocation/10-year-faculty-housing-strategy/.

Some faculty have enquired about the possibility of introducing a housing ownership model whereby faculty are able to buy housing on campus at the cost of construction, with resale restricted to faculty. We continue to examine variations of this model and to seek an approach that enables some housing equity for faculty members while ensuring program sustainability and tax efficiency. We will bring an update on this analysis to the Board in the new year.

I believe the changes introduced today as part of the 10-Year Faculty Housing Strategy are a reflection of the Board’s commitment to supporting the recruitment and retention of world-class faculty. They are tangible improvements that will begin making a difference immediately.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor  

UBC’s response to sexual assault – next steps

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To: Faculty, staff and students in Vancouver and the Okanagan

In October, Professor Santa Ono issued a message to the UBC community regarding a new Steering Committee on Sexual Assault. As he stated in his message, the Steering Committee has begun to:

  • Provide input and advice to the Policy Committee on feedback, drafts, and key questions;
  • Create an action plan to address the recommendations from the University Sexual Assault Panel and feedback provided during the policy consultation;
  • Work with existing groups and/or establish representative subcommittees to accomplish specific tasks related to creating an effective response to sexual assault through education, prevention and support.

The Steering Committee began its work with an invitation for new members—thank you to all those who expressed interest. The new members are as follows:

  • Lina Gomez, undergraduate student, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Rabia Mir, graduate student, Educational Studies, UBC Vancouver
  • Dr. Erin Graham, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, UBC Vancouver
  • Avneet Mann, Client Services Representative, UBC Robson Square
  • Dr. Juliet O’Brien, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, UBC Vancouver
  • Dr. Stephen O’Leary, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan

In recent weeks, the Policy Committee has been collating and considering feedback received through an open consultation on the draft policy that ran between June and October. Thank you to all those who took the time to review the draft policy and provide input. The Policy Committee is currently reviewing all of the comments that were received and is making significant changes to the draft in response to feedback from the UBC community and other interested parties. A new draft of the policy will be presented to the Board of Governors in February 2017 and, in view of the major changes that are anticipated, a community consultation on the new draft is expected to run from February to April.

The issue of sexual assault impacts all areas of UBC. You can read more about the Steering Committee and access updates about the policy development process at http://equity.ubc.ca

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight that December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women in Canada. A series of events have been organized at UBC. We encourage you to read more at http://equity.ubc.ca/2016/11/21/ubc-remembers-dec-6th/

As Professor Ono stated in his October message, it is important that we facilitate meaningful engagement around these issues. Thank you once again to all those who took the time to submit feedback.

Louise Cowin
Vice-President, Students

Hubert Lai, Q.C.
University Counsel  

Voting and nominations for representatives to the Board and Senates – deadline reminder

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Elections for representatives to the Board of Governors and the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates are currently underway.

If you are interested in voting for faculty and staff representatives to the Board of Governors, please note that the deadline is 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2016. To vote, and for more information, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/board-governors-representatives

This email is also a reminder of an extended call for nominations for six remaining positions for representatives of the Joint Faculties on the Vancouver Senate. The deadline to submit a nomination is 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2016. For more information, and to obtain a nomination form, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/joint-faculties-representatives-vancouver-senate

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

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