Community Memo Feb. 8, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to release for public consultation a working draft of the White Paper, Canada's Engaged University: Strategic Directions for York University 2010-2020. This document is the product of extensive consultations that took place during the Green Paper phase of the process over the past 5 months, involving contributions from hundreds of members of the York community. We have attempted to capture what we heard through those discussions. The Working Draft of the White Paper can be downloaded from the White Paper website.

White Paper, Canada's Engaged University: Strategic Directions for York University 2010-2020

We are also releasing today a report prepared by the firm Strategic Counsel, reporting on a survey of current York students, as well as of students who declined an offer of admission from York, and students who did not apply to York but did apply to other GTA universities. This report provides important data and analysis on the current student experience and how it might be improved, and has been factored into the analysis in the Working Draft of the White Paper. It is also available on the White Paper website.

While this represents an important milestone in the process, much work remains to be done. Today we are launching a 6-week consultation process which will provide members of the community a wide variety of mechanisms for further comment and advice:

  • Time will be set aside at the February 25 Senate meeting for a discussion amongst Senators of the Working Draft;
  • There will be two open forums, similar in format to the academic planning forums held last November, on March 4 and 9, to solicit input from members of the community;
  • I will be attending all Faculty Councils over the next 7 weeks to receive input from each of the Faculties;
  • I will be reaching out to a number of faculty, staff and student organizations over the next 6 weeks, inviting them to provide comments on the Working Draft;
  • Any member of the community may comment by sending an email to

I will also be working closely with colleagues on the Senate Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee in the coming months as we move towards a final draft for submission to Senate for endorsement this spring.

As the term "Working Draft" suggests, this version of the White Paper remains a work in progress, subject to further revision through the process of public consultation. Thus my colleagues and I will spend the next 6 weeks listening and attempting to ascertain whether the broad directions set out here accurately reflect the sentiments of the community. We encourage you to review the document carefully and to participate actively in the consultation process.

Yours very truly,
Patrick Monahan
8 February 2010