Thompson Rivers University is taking a year to re-evaluate its priorities.
The post-secondary institution has launched a public consultation process to inform a new set of strategic priorities it aims to achieve within 10 years.
Known as Envision TRU, the process will involve collecting feedback online and from in-person focus groups until February 2020. The new priorities are expected to be in place by March of next year.
TRU president Brett Fairbairn, who is leading the process, told KTW he is keeping an open mind and looking forward to hearing ideas.
The project comes at a time TRU’s current strategic priorities — 5 Priorities for 5 Years — are ending after guiding the university since 2014.
Those priorities called for increases in the areas of sustainability, entrepreneurial capacity, research capacity, intercultural understanding and student success.
Fairbairn noted TRU receiving a platinum rating for environmental sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as an example of progress on those priorities.
He said new priorities will build upon those five goals.
“Sometimes when you set long-range goals, you’re never completely done with them, but it is time to take a fresh look and come up with a fresh vision,” he said.
Feedback is being sought from both the university community and Kamloops at large.
“When it comes time for a university to reflect on its future, it’s good to gather a lot of people’s ideas,” he said, noting some residents are also alumni.
Respondents will be asked to weigh in on broad topics and, after determining common themes, people will be asked to discuss more focused questions.
More information on Envision TRU is available online at tru.ca/envision.