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Initiatives for 2014-15 Performance indicators/ measurable outcomes End-of-Year Status Update
Increase faculty engagement in the work to implement our Academic Plan. Engage faculty in all relevant task group memberships and implementation strategies. Achieved: College-wide Academic Plan dialogue sessions and Professional Development Days conducted during Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Winter 2015 terms.
Develop proposals for new program offerings. 18 new program proposals developed, approved by Senior Executive Committee and presented to the Board of Governors by March 2015. Achieved: 30 programs developed and approved by Senior Executive Committee and presented to the Board of Governors.
Develop curriculum and implement new programs. 25 new programs ready for launch pending Ministry approval by March 2015. Achieved: 26 new programs ready for launch pending Ministry approval by March 2015.
Refresh and review existing program offerings. 23 summative program reviews started in 2014 completed by December 2014. 2015 cycle for 18 summative program reviews launched by March 2015. Achieved: 26 summative program reviews completed. 18 summative program reviews launched in January 2015.
65 formative program reviews completed by March 2015. Re-Scoped: 41 formative reviews completed by March 2015. New process established with the Office of Institutional Research to conduct formative reviews for one-half of all full-time programs every year. Full implementation to begin in June 2015.
Program prioritization completed for schools of Business Management, International Business and Marketing by March 2015. Achieved: Program prioritization exercises for these schools completed by March 31, 2015.
Successful PEQAB reviews of Bachelor of Aviation Technology and Bachelor of Technology (Software Development) completed by March 2015. Achieved: PEQAB Reviews of Bachelor of Aviation Technology and Bachelor of Technology (Software Development) successfully completed.
Develop and implement strategies to improve first-semester retention in five underperforming programs. Plans developed and implemented to improve first-semester retention in five underperforming programs. Re-Scoped: Action plans developed by Chairs to improve first-semester retention in all underperforming programs. Process revised to focus on retention, graduation and Academic Plan principles with implementation beginning in FY2015-16.
Develop and implement a quality framework for General Education and Liberal Studies Options. Better coordinated General Education and Liberal Studies options offerings made available by March 2015 with improved access for students. Rescheduled: Stakeholder consultations held in Winter 2015. Implementation of solutions to improve access for students to be rolled out in Fall 2015.
Strengthen Seneca’s position as a leader in teaching and learning excellence and support faculty development across Seneca. Teaching standards of practice finalized and a plan for a new faculty performance review system developed by March 2015. Achieved: New teaching standards of practice and plan for a new faculty performance review system developed.
Establish a Centre for Research in Student Mobility. Centre personnel secured; website established by March 2015. Achieved: Centre’s organizational structure developed, personnel hired and website established.
Two research projects in the new Centre completed by March 2015. Achieved: Research project on the Provincial Generic Skills Standard (GSS) and First-Generation/Mature Students at Seneca completed.
Pursue applied research initiatives for the mutual benefit of our students, partners, faculty and community. 75 faculty engaged in applied research activities by March 2015. Achieved: 108 faculty engaged in applied research activities.
400 students engaged in applied research activities by March 2015. Achieved: 422 students engaged in applied research activities.
20 new industry partners engaged in applied research projects by March 2015. Achieved: 27 new industry partners engaged in applied research projects.
Seneca Student-Faculty Entrepreneurism Incubator launched by March 2015. Achieved:  Health Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Innovation Xchange (HELIX) launched in Fall 2014.
Staff-initiated research fund launched by September 2014. Achieved: Faculty-led Research Initiative launched and first round of applications received in Fall 2014.
Seneca Applied Research Day held by December 2014. Rescheduled: Applied Research/ Experiential Learning Showcase to be hosted in Spring 2015.
Research Rocks workshops promoting applied research opportunities to faculty and students launched by March 2015. Achieved: SeneTALKS series of seminars launched in October 2014.
Increase federal and provincial support for applied research in identified areas of expertise. 10 new research grant applications submitted by March 2015 with 50 per cent success rate achieved. Achieved: 15 new research grant applications submitted; 10 approved to date.
Implement International Education Strategy. Number of partners for Seneca's study/volunteer abroad program increased. Achieved: Seven new partner institutions offering study/volunteer abroad opportunities. Renewed partnerships in China will offer two additional study abroad opportunities by Summer 2015.
Implementation of new international recruitment strategy initiated. Achieved: New international recruitment strategy. International student enrolment in Winter 2015 increased by 25% over Winter 2014.
Launch Seneca International (Mobility) initiative to provide global experiences for students and faculty. 20% increase in faculty and students working and studying abroad by March 2015. Re-Scoped: New Dean appointed in Fall 2014. New partners for study and work abroad programming investigated within Asia, South America and Southern Africa. Virtual mobility also under investigation through joint applied research initiatives with partner schools in other countries. Creation of central tracking system for all international initiatives to provide global experiences for students and faculty to be completed by December 2015.