Strategic planning process

Work on the next iteration of the University of New Brunswick’s strategic plan began in early 2018.

Guiding principles

Collegial, collaborative conversations

We will engage in broad, meaningful consultation with the UNB community throughout the planning process.

  • Themes, ideas, priorities and goals will be established based on conversations with the whole community.
  • In order for this process to work, it will require community members to actively engage in the process.
  • Open debate, collegial conversations, idea-sharing, collaboration, and keeping an open mind about the ideas brought forward by our colleagues will be required.

Transparent communication and decision-making

The steering committee will commit to transparency throughout the planning process.

  • Information will be shared at regular intervals on this website, through our governing bodies, with relevant committees and groups, and with the UNB community.

An integrated plan

Since the 2010 strategic plan, we have engaged in planning work in a variety of areas across the university. That work will be considered in developing the next strategic plan.

Examples include:

  • academic planning document;
  • strategic research plan;
  • administrative review;
  • results of the Why UNB? brand research project;
  • work done by the equity working group; and
  • work related to strategic enrollment management.

Task force membership

A strategic planning task force made up of 27 members will oversee and direct the strategic planning process.

Terms of reference

The task force’s responsibilities include:

  • defining goals, outcomes, planning process, and organizational structure related to the planning process;
  • monitoring the ongoing planning process and determining corrections and adaptations that may be necessary;
  • ensuring the process achieves defined goals, outcomes, and deadlines;
  • establishing working groups and their substantive areas of planning;
  • reviewing the reports of the strategic planning working groups;
  • reporting regularly to the senates and board on the progress of strategic planning and communicating to the university community; and
  • vetting the final written strategic plan and implementation plans before they go forward for approval by the senates and the board

For more information

Contact Michele McNeil, director and advisor, Office of the Vice-President Academic at or 506-458-7549.