Strategic Priority Fund supports teaching, learning, research and
community engagement in 2011-2012 budget
WINDSOR, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - In an ongoing effort to support its
Strategic Plan, Thinking Forward, Taking Action, the University of Windsor has committed more than $1.6 million for new
initiatives and programs to improve the experience of both
undergraduate and graduate students.
The Strategic Priority Fund was first established as part of the
University's 2009/2010 operating budget as an on-going commitment to
fund new programs that would directly support the vision and values of
the institution's strategic plan. Just a few of the 31 projects
approved for the 2011/2012 budget year include:
An Open Learning position which will coordinate the efforts of all
faculties to develop online and full degree programming to meet the
growing demand for these offerings and to remain competitive.
A new graduate diploma will be developed in Advanced Practice
Oncology/Palliative Care Nursing in partnership with the de Souza
Institute in Toronto.
For the first time in Canada, a new Integrated Engineering and Arts
undergraduate program will be developed with a multi-disciplinary
Psychoeducational assessment and consultation for children and
adolescents will be offered to the community at the Psychological
Services and Research Centre.
Several new mentoring and instructional support programs in the Faculty
of Arts and Social Sciences, and in Chemistry and Biochemistry will
assist first-year students with the transition to university.
New programs will be developed for faculty to participate in teaching
exchange programs with China and Tanzania.
Opportunities will be explored to increase the number of practical
clinical placements for Music Therapy students.
A new one-year Master of Biotechnology program will be developed in
partnership with the Centre for Executive and Professional Education.
An internship program will be established for Masters students in
"The strategic plan is shaping our University's future and these funded
projects will help us reach our vision of being a progressive
student-centered university. The Strategic Priority Fund is working to
align the University of Windsor's operating budget with its strategic
plan in a time of fiscal restraint," says UWindsor President Alan
Wildeman. "These priorities guide our achievements and show what is
important to us as a university community. It is vitally important that
we provide ways to support innovative ideas like these in the future."
All faculty and staff members are invited to apply for funding for
projects that provide cost-effective ways to meet the University's
strategic objectives. Decisions for allocation of funds are made by the
University Provost, Chief Planning Officer and the Associate
Vice-President Academic Affairs.
"The Strategic Priority Fund has already enabled a number of initiatives
to improve curriculum, enhance the student experience, promote research
and build a basis for future developments in all aspects of university
operations," says Leo Groarke, Provost and Vice-President, Academic.
"It has provided a means for faculty and staff to see their creative
ideas come to fruition and encourages everyone in the campus community
to take part in building the future of our University."
Previously funded and ongoing projects include:
Establishment of the Centre for Enterprise and Law, which provides
custom solutions to entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations and
business, in order to promote economic sustainability for the
Training and the creation of a course for an intervention program to
prevent sexual assault.
Programs to enhance the first-year experience in Science and Computer
Foundational mathematics instruction to enhance math learning, improve
grades, and improve retention rates.
An Engineering outreach program focused on the needs of high school
For more information on the Strategic Priority Fund, visit www.uwindsor.ca/spf.
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement.
SOURCE University of Windsor
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