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About ASAP 2012

ASAP 2012: Achieving Strategic Academic Priorities is the formal statement of McGill University’s academic plan that builds on the successes and addresses remaining gaps identified by Strengths and Aspirations, the 2006 strategic plan. The new plan, which was endorsed by Senate on October 17, 2012 and by the Board of Governors on 1 February 2013, is designed to strengthen what has been accomplished by responding to the economic, political, social and technological changes of the past six years. It provides the framework for continuous improvement that will sustain and advance McGill’s role as a leader among the world’s universities. ASAP 2012 also ensures that McGill has well-defined, strategic academic priorities that will drive multi-year, multi-fund resource allocations and related processes during the next five years.

ASAP 2012 reflects McGill’s unyielding commitment to quality, excellence and academic freedom in all endeavours.

The plan targets ongoing and new efforts that address academic renewal for faculty, undergraduate research and graduate student support, strengthening professional education, new technology in the classroom and professional development for our administrative and support staff, among other areas.

For more detailed information on how the plan will make a real difference for you, visit the “Why does it matter?” section of this site.

Sustaining quality

McGill has spent the past several years pursuing greater efficiency without compromising our ability to fulfill our teaching and research mission. Yet we know that this work is not yet complete. We will continue to examine our activities with the goal of prioritizing what we must do, and what we are willing to do without.

At the same time, we have no intention of postponing the pursuit of our critical priorities. In fact, increased competition and opportunity compel us to move forward in a disciplined way with a rigorous evaluation of our activities and appropriate new ventures.

Objectives that matter

What’s more, our objectives are concrete and measurable. Throughout the five-year planning cycle, we will assess our progress through relevant quantitative and qualitative measures that will tell us what we have achieved and where more work is needed. 

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