The University of Guelph’s strategic framework, Our Path Forward, is an institutional planning document that describes who we are, where we focus, and how we move forward as a University. It outlines our University’s common purpose and provides guideposts to help with strategic decision making.

Since its inception in 2016, the five pillars of Our Path Forward have informed our teaching, research, administration, planning and engagement. The pillars of the plan include stewarding valued resources; inspiring learning and inquiry; catalyzing discovery and change; connecting communities; and nurturing our distinctive culture.

The COVID-19 pandemic has, however, impacted every aspect of our institution. As we look ahead to our plans for 2021/22, and toward a post-COVID-19 recovery, we have a rare opportunity to pause and begin to re-shape our future together.

The University is undertaking a refresh of its strategic framework. Using the pillars of the existing framework, we have been consulting with our community to set goals and develop a multi-year action plan for the future.

Update – June 2021

We have now completed 14 digital consultation sessions with students, staff, faculty, administration and community partners. These conversations have taken place across our Guelph, Guelph-Humber and Ridgetown campuses.

The sessions have been lively and engaging as we consider the future of U of G. Over the next few months, we will be reviewing all comments and identifying shared priorities and objectives that will form the base of a first draft of the refreshed Strategic Framework.

Our goal is to be able to share this draft with the community for further input and discussion in the months ahead.

If you were unable to attend one of our initial consultation sessions, please know that we are continuing to collect information through a number of different sources, and we encourage you to keep an eye on your University of Guelph email for future opportunities to provide feedback.

In the meantime, we welcome your input through this brief survey.