Summary: Response to Strategic Plan from James Pitsula
Succinct yet comprehensive, the Draft Strategic Plan (8 May 2009) seriously engages
several issues facing the University of Regina. Of particular importance, in my view, are
A1 and B4.
It is very true that "our future depends on a reputation for the excellence of our teaching,
research, and public service." I would insert the words "scholarly publication" after
"research" to underline the fact in the liberal arts and sciences (highlighted in A2), as
well as other academic fields, peer-reviewed scholarly publication is the gold standard.
Saskatchewan people are not such rubes as not to understand this elementary fact.
B4 is also a most worthy objective. It should not be difficult, as it currently is, for the
parent of Cougar athlete to obtain a photo of his or her son or daughter competing for the
Under C1, I would avoid corporate/commercial jargon as "the institution's new brand."
Such language detracts from the serious academic scholarship that we wish the public to
know about. Under D1, the goal "to aspire to be one of Canada's five best
comprehensive universities" seems forced and too-finely calibrated. If we are going to
get into that kind of talk, why not aspire to be the best?