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Great Teaching and Learning

Initiatives for 2012-13 Performance indicators/ measurable outcomes Projected Status Update as of March 31, 2013
Finalize and begin rollout
to support the
implementation of the
new 2012-2017
Academic Plan.
New plan approved by the Board of Governors. Achieved: Academic Plan approved by Board of Governors in June 2012.
Consultations conducted with stakeholders on how to achieve goals outlined in the Academic Plan. In Progress: Task groups actively engaged in data collection, analysis, consultations, and identification of pilot projects. Ongoing into 2013-14.
Five year plan for implementation completed. Achieved: Draft of multi-year Academic Plan implementation strategy in place.
Use Quality Enhancement Funds to support academic plan initiatives related to cross-disciplinary and outreach activities. At least one new outreach initiative per Faculty developed and implemented to enhance networked learning. Achieved: Initiatives launched offering students cross-disciplinary learning opportunities launched in each faculty. Example: Faculty of Communication Arts and Design project focused on short story development and multi-media delivery.
Criteria defined and baseline inventory developed for cross-disciplinary learning. Mapping process established and begun. Achieved: Criteria for learning experiences have been defined. Survey of all programs conducted to identify gaps.
Build a strong digital library that supports the research behaviours and needs of students and faculty. Library resources in digital formats actively acquired that allow users access to content 24/7, simultaneously and remotely. Achieved: Reached annual target for electronic library resource acquisitions; electronic resources now outnumber print resources.
Comprehensive streaming video collection established. Achieved: 71% increase in streaming video collection since 2012-13.
Embedding of Seneca's 10 Core Literacies across all programs. Continued implementation of Language Across the Curriculum to support the development of written and oral communications skills. In Progress: Program has been fully implemented across King Campus programs. Embedded into several programs at other campuses. Expansion to additional programs ongoing into 2013-14.
Criteria defined and baseline inventory developed for Seneca Core Literacies. Mapping process established and begun. In Progress: Definitions completed and resources identified to evaluate learning levels. Ongoing into 2013-14.
Consultation and development of a Seneca Mathematics Strategy focused on quantitative literacy and informed by the College Mathematics Project outcomes. In Progress: Quantitative literacy task group established with work underway.
Map information literacy learning outcomes within research intensive programs to support the teaching and learning of essential employability and research skills. Achieved: Mapping of learning outcomes completed.
Develop and pilot methodologies to assess the information literacy skill development of degree students throughout their programs. In Progress: Background work completed. Seneca-specific survey mechanism for assessing information literacy skills of degree students to be developed in 2013-14.
Develop plans to support transition of aviationrelated programs with the announced closure of Buttonville Airport. Functional space programming completed for all aviation-related programs. Achieved: Functional space planning successfully completed.
New site secured for delivery of years 2, 3, and 4 of the Bachelor of Aviation Technology program. Achieved: New site at Peterborough Municipal Airport secured. Classes to commence in new facility in January 2014.
New facility's design finalized and academic/Human Resources transition plans developed. Achieved: Design plans finalized. Transition planning underway.
Implement new streamlined formative program review process. Formative program review pilot expanded in Spring 2012 to include five schools. Full implementation launched in 2012-13 academic year. In Progress: Final formative review template in final stage of development; will be ready for implementation in Fall 2013.
Advice on process and tools to support implementation provided by newly established Program Review Reference Group. Achieved: Advice and direction received and acted upon.
Support materials developed and distributed to faculty/chairs/deans. In Progress: New template with progress measurements aligned with Academic Plan completed. Additional materials to be developed in 2013-14.
Build on current partnerships with GTA universities. Increase in bilateral Seneca-York pathways to degrees and graduate certificates. In Progress: York and Seneca Strategic Mandate Agreements articulate vision of a new University of York-Seneca. York-Seneca partnership group established. Dedicated partnership manager hired.
New transfer opportunities with Greater Toronto Area universities and colleges created. Achieved: Comprehensive transfer agreement with University of Ontario Institute of Technology completed. Memorandum of Understanding signed with University of Toronto Scarborough for Seneca's Liberal Arts program. Work underway with Humber and Fleming as per Strategic Mandate Agreement.
Develop new programs
and renew degree
At least two new degrees submitted to Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board for approval. In Progress: Bachelor of Communication was approved by Board of Governors in May 2012. A proposed redesign has been investigated including positioning, curriculum focus and content. Bachelor of Public Safety in development.
At least two new degree areas identified with program development underway. In Progress: New approach to program development being implemented under guidance of the Vice President, Academic.
Bachelor of Aviation Technology and Bachelor of Software Development degree renewal documentation submitted to Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board. In Progress: Bachelor of Aviation Technology and Bachelor of Software Development degree renewal documentation submitted to Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board in Fall 2012. Site visits are anticipated for early-to-mid 2013.
At least four new graduate certificates proposal developed and submitted for Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities funding approval. In Progress: The following five new graduate certificates were developed and submitted to Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities including: Public Administration, Non-Profit Management and Leadership, Social Media, Documentary and Non-Fiction Media and Government Relations (approved in January 2013).
Help advance College University Consortium Council Phase III Projects and new Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer college-to-college initiative. Mid-point update on Phase III (Arts and Science electives) project completed and database of Liberal Studies courses created to provide better information to potential transfer students. Achieved: Multilateral discussions between 7 universities and 10 colleges held. 275 courses evaluated, for a total of almost 900 assigned and unassigned credits ready for inclusion in Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer database.
Ontario Council on Articulation and
Transfer deliverables in progress and
report submitted.
Rescheduled: Project timelines revisited and further opportunities explored.
Advance pathways research as part of College University Consortium Council/Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer project. Project deliverables in progress and report submitted. Rescheduled: Project unable to be completed according to original schedule. Ongoing into 2013-14.
Expand credit transfer to Seneca degrees. Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer deliverables related to the enhancement of Seneca degree pathways met. Achieved: Developed 10 pathways from diplomas/advanced diplomas to degrees as per Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer funding project. Developed bridging courses for these pathways as required.
At least two Seneca degree events held and diploma to degree promotion strategy finalized and implemented. Achieved: Fast-Track-to-Degree events held at multiple campuses during Fall 2012 and Winter 2013. Recruitment/Liaison participation on degree panels for high school students. Simplified form to facilitate the admissions process developed.
Targeted promotion of new Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies internally and at Greater Toronto Area colleges carried out. Achieved: Advertising plan implemented including print, email and institutional visits.
Expand pathway opportunities for direct entry students. Increased number of students and school partners in Dual Credit program. Achieved: Number of dual credit students increased by 20%.
Increase hybrid/online opportunities for students. 10 new courses developed in at least 3 new programs. Achieved: New course target exceeded with 20 new courses in development; 12 courses finalized for delivery in 2013-14. Significant number of hybrid learning workshops and one-on-one consultations held.
Create Seneca standards of practice for full and part-time faculty. Identify current standards of practice and use as a basis to create a new Seneca policy and standards in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Achieved: Interjursdictional research on standards of practice completed. Policy developed.
Report on methods, tools and metrics for faculty evaluation completed. Achieved: Research and report on faculty evaluation completed.
Develop new materials to support effective teaching and learning. New training plan highlighting best instructional practices for multiple modalities developed by Centre for Academic Excellence and the Library/ Learning Centre. Achieved: Multiple module hybrid learning program introduced in January 2013.
Strengthen Seneca's position as a leader in the area of pedagogical research. A minimum of two proposals in scholarship of teaching and learning developed. In Progress: Centre for Academic Excellence faculty involved in provincial and international project proposals. Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario studies co-authored by Seneca staff published.
Final College Choice Project report submitted to Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Rescheduled: Changes at participating institutions have resulted in amended project timeline.
Create foundation for enhanced approach to applied research. Completed Applied Research and Innovation operational review with recommendations for defining the role of the department and articulating multi-year objectives. Achieved: Applied Research and Innovation operational review completed and approved.
Internal communications strategy created to inform faculty and deans about research activities. Achieved: Internal communications strategy using new web-based promotional tools developed.
Actively facilitate, pursue, and source applied research initiatives for the mutual benefit of our curriculum, students, partners, and community. 18 new projects initiated and underway. Achieved: 21 new Applied Research Projects initiated and underway.
18 external partners identified and engaged with the college on an applied research project. Achieved: 31 external partners identified and engaged on applied research collaborations.
40 faculty or staff members engaged in an applied research project or activity. Achieved: More than 43 faculty/staff members engaged in applied research activities.
80 students engaged in an applied research project or activity. Achieved: More than 80 students engaged in applied research collaboration.
8 research grant proposals submitted. Achieved: 9 applied research grant proposals submitted to various funding agencies.
$1.5 million in grant monies secured. Achieved: More than $2.1 million in applied research grant funds secured (excluding partner contributions).
8 research-related events held across Seneca campuses. Achieved: 9 applied research-related events held.
Increase federal support for applied research in identified areas of expertise. Successful application to National Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair competition. Achieved: Awarded National Sciences and Engineering Research Council Industrial Research Chair for Open Source Technology for Emerging Platforms.
Sufficient partners secured to ensure maximum funding for FedDev initiative. Achieved: 14 industry partners secured to ensure FedDev funding.
Increase industry awareness of Seneca's research program. External communications and marketing plan designed to inform industry about Seneca's capabilities and opportunities for collaboration. Achieved: Communications and Marketing Plan created.
Continue diversification of international recruitment by geographic region. New partnership agreements with international postsecondary institutions signed. Achieved: New partnerships established with international partners in Mexico, Argentina, and Panama.
Increase in recruitment efforts in diversified markets. In Progress: Increased international recruitment efforts underway. Seneca has one of the more balanced distributions for international intake amongst Ontario colleges.
Enhance quality assurance approaches within the International Department's activities. Implement framework for assessing the strategic value of Seneca's current and proposed international partnerships. In Progress: International Partnership template launched. Data collection underway.
Accreditation of English Languages Institute by Languages Canada achieved. Achieved: Languages Canada accreditation received.