April 29, 2021
Statement from University of Calgary President Ed McCauley on Alberta 2030 Post-Secondary Strategy
Calgary, Alberta – “The University of Calgary supports the goals stated in the Alberta 2030 strategy. Improving access and student experience, developing in-demand skills and supporting innovation have long been among the stated objectives of our university. We appreciate the Government of Alberta’s willingness to engage us and other institutions – and listen to our feedback – throughout the drafting process.
“We also applaud common-sense accounting and governance changes (deconsolidation) that put us on a level playing field with major research universities in other provinces. These changes will allow us to be more flexible, innovative and accountable to our community.
“The University of Calgary student experience, as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), is among the highest in the country. Post-graduation employment has long been an important metric for our university. We are the entrepreneurial university - and on a per capita basis create more spinoff companies than any other major Canadian university. We do this while having among the lowest administrative costs in the U15.
“While the goals of Alberta 2030 are consistent with our strategy, the details around implementation will be important. In the coming days and weeks, we will be looking through the strategy more closely and look forward to learning more from the Ministry of Advanced Education.”
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About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most enterprising city. In our spirited, high-quality learning environment, students thrive in programs made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. Our strategy drives us to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, engaging the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.' For more information, visit ucalgary.ca/eyeshigh.
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