Chancellor Reappointment

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

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UBC’s current Chancellor, Lindsay Gordon, is eligible for reappointment to a second three-year term, effective June 30, 2017. The alumni UBC Board of Directors, in consultation with the UBC Board of Governors, has agreed that Mr. Gordon should be considered for reappointment.

The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. He or she is chair of the Convocation and a member of the Board of Governors, Senates, and Council. The Chancellor confers degrees granted by UBC and represents the university in many formal occasions. The Chancellor is also a member, ex officio, of the Board of Directors of alumni UBC. The position of Chancellor is entirely voluntary.

The alumni UBC Board of Directors has approved, in consultation with the chair of the Governance Committee of the UBC Board of Governors and the chair of the Council of Senates Executive Committee, the process for the reappointment of the Chancellor. A committee has been formed to implement this process (committee members are listed below).

To assist the committee, UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to share their thoughts regarding Mr. Gordon’s reappointment. A position description and outline of the reappointment process can be found at https://www.alumni.ubc.ca/2017/news/call-for-feedback-chancellor-reappointment/. This web page also contains an online form where you can provide feedback. All comments must be submitted by April 26, 2017.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Todd, Executive Director, alumni UBC and Associate Vice President, Alumni who is the secretary for the committee (604-827-3014 or jeff.todd@ubc.ca).

Faye Wightman
Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors

Chancellor Reappointment Committee members:

  • Faye Wightman, Chair, alumni UBC Board of Directors; Chair, Chancellor Reappointment Committee
  • Alan Ehrenholz, President-elect, Alma Mater Society
  • Shelina Esmail, Member, alumni UBC Board of Directors
  • Darran Fernandez, Associate Registrar and Director, Enrolment Services; Member, Board of Governors
  • Dr. Susan Forwell, Department Head and Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine
  • Celeste Haldane, Chair, Governance Committee, Board of Governors
  • Dr. Paul G. Harrison, Associate Dean, Student Services, Faculty of Science; Chair, Executive Committee, Council of Senates and Chair of the Senate Academic Policy Committee, UBC Vancouver
  • Ross Langford, Member, alumni UBC Board of Directors
  • Dr. Marianne Legault, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan; Chair, Senate Admissions and Awards Committee, UBC Okanagan
  • Patricia Mohr, Member, alumni UBC Board of Directors
  • Rahim Moloo, Co-chair, alumni UBC Advisory Council
  • Jeff Todd, Executive Director, alumni UBC — Secretary to the Committee (non-voting)
  • Julie Wagemakers, Executive Director, President’s Office (President’s designate)

Call for nominations for faculty representatives to the Senate

In recent months, we have asked you to elect faculty representatives to the Board of Governors and Joint Faculties representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. Thank you to those who have submitted nominations and participated in the election process so far.

Each Faculty has two faculty representatives on the Senate of its campus. While some of these positions were filled during the first round of nominations in March, at least one position remains open in every Faculty, with the exception of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

In light of this, we are doing a second call for nominations for Faculty-specific representatives to the Vancouver Senate.

For information on the positions that remain open, as well as eligibility and the nomination process, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/faculty-specific-senate-representatives-and-librarian-representative-vancouver-senate.

Nominations close at 4pm on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

UBC joins UniForum benchmarking program

Over the course of the next few weeks, UBC will be embarking on an exercise to better understand our current distribution of services and activities, in support of the university’s academic mission.

The program, known as UniForum, will involve collecting information from across our university and benchmarking it against other higher education institutions. Forty-two institutions from Britain, Australia and New Zealand have already taken part in this program which is conducted on an annual basis.

Our goal is to better understand — at an organizational level — how we deliver which services, where those services are, and how we might enhance our service delivery to improve the faculty, student, and staff experience.

The information will be gathered in two steps:

  1. In May, we will be asking managers and supervisors of specific teams to help us gather a full picture of the range of services and activities across the university.
  2. In late May, all faculty and staff will be invited to take a survey and provide feedback on their experience and satisfaction related to 35 core services (identified as part of the program).

Information gathered through this process will enable us to benchmark ourselves against other universities of similar scale and complexity. It will also help UBC work towards developing better practices, informed by experiences from participating institutions.

The information we gather in this first year will be a resource for many conversations to come — not an answer in and of itself. In the fall, we will begin a series of conversations to explore what the data suggests and how it can be used.

We have already begun discussions with senior leaders across the university, in preparation for this first wave of the UniForum program. Thank you to all those who have supported the initiative so far — and to those managers and supervisors who will be assisting with the information gathering process.

If you have questions or would like more information, please visit http://pair.ubc.ca/uniforum or email uniforum.help@ubc.ca.

Andrew Simpson
Vice-President, Finance & Operations

Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

Lisa Castle
Vice-President, Human Resources

Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, UBC Okanagan

Reminder: Nominations invited for faculty representatives to the Senates

To: Faculty in Vancouver and the Okanagan

Please be reminded that nominations are currently invited for faculty representatives to the Okanagan and Vancouver Senates. The nomination period closes at 4 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Nominations are welcomed for two faculty members from each Faculty to serve on the Senate of their campus. Those elected will represent their Faculty in their role.

For information on eligibility and the nomination process, please visit: https://facultystaff.students.ubc.ca/triennial1617.

If you have any questions, please contact elections.information@ubc.ca.

Kate Ross
Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Services and Registrar

Continuing Studies to become UBC Extended Learning

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To: Faculty and staff in Vancouver

Yesterday, the Vancouver Senate approved the evolution of Continuing Studies (CS) into a new unit called UBC Extended Learning (UBC ExL), effective July 1, 2017.

UBC ExL will build on the strengths of CS and continue to provide outstanding flexible learning experiences, but with an extended mandate to support Faculties in growing and expanding UBC’s offerings related to Career and Personal Education (CPE).

The change in name and mandate is the first step in an ongoing process through which the Office of the Provost is consulting with and reviewing the university’s current CPE programs.

We have already taken the first steps in this realignment by transferring the business-oriented courses in the Technology, Media and Professional (TMAP) program to UBC Sauder School of Business. In doing so, UBC has created the largest suite of executive education offerings in North America.

Over the next several months we will continue to work closely with units engaged in CPE activities and anticipate being able to share a final UBC ExL plan in late 2017. The current strategy — which has been endorsed by deans, alumni, and the executive — can be found at https://academic.ubc.ca/CPE_strategy_overview_Feb-2017.

Career and Personal Education (CPE) is an opportunity for UBC to strengthen its contributions to learners, society, industry and government, and enhance alumni engagement through the provision of continued education that is relevant, modular, flexible and high quality.

Angela Redish
Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

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