What is the Strategic Reframing Initiative?
In October of 2010, McGill began a disciplined process to examine and improve key areas in the University’s administrative practices. All this was done with one major goal in mind – that of maintaining McGill’s status, into the future, as one of the world’s top universities. Led by Principal Heather Munroe-Blum and supported by key members of the University, the Strategic Reframing Initiative – or SRI – was launched.
McGill has a long tradition of hard work, innovative thinking and success on many fronts, but in recent years, the University’s leadership has faced a series of new and on-going challenges. An increasingly competitive academic landscape, escalating costs, shifting research and business paradigms, along with insufficient government support are a few of the challenges confronting us. Facing these combined hurdles, our ability to offer great support to students and faculty, our capacity to maintain and improve the quality of our infrastructure, as well as our success in research and scholarship are all vulnerable. The resource gap between McGill and other universities, with which we compare, is widening.
The SRI aims to help us meet those challenges, while embracing the need for change. The initiative is designed to position McGill for continued excellence in a number of key priority areas and to ensure the University’s on-going financial health in the years ahead.
This site has been created to keep you informed of changes brought about by the SRI and as a one-stop-shop for SRI news, recommendations and other information throughout the process. Feel free to share questions and feedback, to make sure your opinions are heard.
Moving forward… the implementation begins.
After months of fact-finding, brainstorming and reflection, various final project recommendations, categorized broadly under major themes were presented by SRI Working Groups to the Steering Committee and given the green light to move forward.
The scope of projects under the SRI umbrella is broad, covering categories from Research and Administrative Services to Enrolment Mix and Philanthropy, and more. Each project now falls under the responsibility of an Executive Sponsor and is managed by a Project Leader, who, depending on the size and nature of the project, has others working with him or her. Each project has its own specific objectives, timeline, measurement for success, and will benefit members of the McGill community in different ways.
The SRI has evolved to date thanks to commitment, leadership, collaboration and expertise. But the most important quality by far has been the open spirit of participants. We thank all members of McGill’s community for their part in making this next chapter a success.
For more information on individual SRI Themes, read their descriptions in the Projects section of the site.