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					Academic Policy, Planning and Research Committee of Senate
University Academic Plan Survey
The following is a report on the results of a survey undertaken by the Academic Policy,
Planning and Research Committee of Senate during the consultations on the UAP 2010-2015.
The survey asked respondents to comment on a consultation document issued by the
Committee which identified the themes of the UAP. It also provided an opportunity to
comment on a variety of academic planning issues. APPRC notes that certain qualitative
information has been aggregated in some of the tables that follow. This has been done for the
purpose of indicating tendencies and trends only.
                          ___________________________________

Respondents’ Affiliation to York University

Respondents were asked to begin the survey by identifying their primary affiliation to York. APPRC is
gratified by the responses from all segments of the University community, but is particularly
heartened by the engagement of students. It is certain that the UAP renewal survey represents an
unprecedented degree of awareness of, and participation in, a collegial planning exercise.

                                                  Table 1
                                          Respondents by Affiliation
                                                 (n= 3,388)

Affiliation                         Number of Respondents                  Percentage of Total
Student                                     2,648                                 78.5
Staff                                        364                                  10.8
Faculty                                      293                                  8.7
Alumni                                        57                                  1.7
Other                                         13                                   .4

Highest Priority in the University Academic Plan
In its consultation draft, APPRC identified six priority areas (based on major objectives in the current
UAP and the Provostial White Paper). The survey asked which should receive the highest priority in
the next UAP. The result was unequivocal. For more than fifty per cent of all respondents, teaching
and learning should be at the forefront. Significantly, this is true across the spectrum of respondents.
Students, staff, faculty members and alumni ranked teaching and learning first. The student
experience and research also received strong and consistent support. Respondents were provided
with an opportunity to provide specific comments. Nearly half of the responses coded addressed
aspects of teaching and learning. For many respondents, there is inseparability when it comes to
teaching, learning and research. In the words of one, “research and teaching and learning are like the
two children of a parent, the University.” (see Table 2, over)




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                                               Table 2
                                     Highest Priority in the UAP
                                             (n = 2,963)

Priority                                        Frequency               Percentage of Total
Teaching and Learning                             1,549                        52.3
Student Experience                                 645                         21.8
Research                                           391                         13.2
Enrolment Growth / Campus Planning                 241                         8.1
Community Engagement / Outreach                     91                         3.1
Governance                                          46                         1.6


                                                Table 3
                        Highest Priority in the UAP (Excluding Governance)
                            by Respondents’ Primary Affiliation to York

Affiliation      Teaching and         Student           Research      Enrolment       Community
                   Learning          Experience                        Growth /      Engagement /
                                                                       Campus          Outreach
                                                                       Planning
Student              1,275               520                 241           188             76
                    (54.7%)            (22.3)               (10.3)        (8.1)           (3.3)
Staff                 120                90                   30           45              10
                     (40.4)            (30.3)               (10.4)       (13.0)           (3.3)
Faculty               113                23                  112            4               5
                     (42.8)             (8.7)               (42.4)        (1.5)           (1.9)
Alumni                 28                 9                    7            3               0
                     (58.3)            (18.8)               (14.6)        (6.3)           (0.0)

Respondents were invited to provide comments as part of the question about priorities, and this
qualitative dimension aligned with the data generated. Many of the comments emphasized the
importance of the priority area to the planning document or academic planning.

                                               Table 3
                                      Highest Priority in the UAP
                              Recurring Themes in Additional Comments

Theme                                                                Frequency
Teaching and Learning                                                    87
Research                                                                 32
Administration and Service                                               26
Student Experience                                                       24
Campus Amenities / Student Space                                         20
Higher Quality (esp. Admissions)                                         19
Programs (New and Existing)                                              12
Hirings / Course Loads                                                   10
Student Funding                                                           7




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Second Highest Priority in the University Academic Plan
When asked to identify the second highest priority, the student experience emerged as the first
choice. This is not surprising in light of responses to the previous questions. Indeed, answers to
these opening questions of the survey should be read together.

                                              Table 4
                                 Second Highest Priority in the UAP
                                            (n = 2,949)

Priority                                     Number of Respondents              Percentage of Total
Student Experience                                    865                              29.3
Teaching and Learning                                 792                              26.9
Research                                              561                              19.0
Enrolment Growth / Campus Planning                    373                              12.6
Community Engagement / Outreach                       250                              8.5
Governance                                            108                              3.7

Specific Objectives Associated With Priorities

The survey sought to identify specific objectives that should be pursued within the priority areas.
About half of the respondents offered concrete suggestions, and there were over five thousand
discrete entries. Teaching and learning generated the greatest number of ideas.


                                              Table 5
                      Respondents Suggesting Objectives within Priority Areas
                                  (n = 1,176 answered question)

Priority Area                                              Frequency               Percentage of
                                                                                   Respondents
                                                                                   Commenting
Teaching and Learning                                         952                      81.0
Student Experience                                            936                      79.6
Enrolment Growth / Campus Development                         902                      75.2
Community Engagement / Outreach                               852                      72.4
Research                                                      807                      68.6
Governance                                                    674                      57.3
Total                                                        5,123


Asked to nominate specific objectives within each priority area, respondents identified many
possibilities. Aggregated data are set out in the next seven tables. In addition, the aggregations are
further refined in a series of supplementary tables beginning on p.12. APPRC notes that there are
some differences in the responses made by faculty, students and staff. What is more compelling are
the commonalities across categories of respondents.




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                                                Table 6
                             Specific Objectives Associated with Research

Objectives                                                                         Frequency
Student Involvement in Research / Integration of Research in Class                    129
Greater Funding / Administrative Support / Reduce Red Tape                            105
More Research Output / Quality Research / Enhanced Research Cultures                   75
Expand Sciences / Health- Medicine / Engineering                                       53
Diversify / Innovate                                                                   50
Space / Facilities / Infrastructure/ Libraries / Technology                            45
Profile / Celebrate / Communicate York Research                                        34
Improve Hiring / Strengthen Tenure and Promotion                                       33
Improve or Expand Graduate Education / Post-Doctoral                                   33
Focus on Current Strengths (Esp. Humanities)                                           32
Promote Social Impact and Relevant Research                                            31
Promote Interdisciplinarity / Internal Collaboration                                   25
Teaching More or As Important / Teaching-Research Balance                              20
Course Load Burdens / Leave Time for Grant Holders                                     20
External Collaboration                                                                 20
Focused / Strategic / Encourage Specialization                                         19
Ethical Research / Whistleblower / Non-Privatization / Academic Freedom                12
Metrics / Comparisons                                                                  7
Research Centres Support                                                               7
More Equitable Support / Non-Elitist                                                   6
Other / Not Applicable / No Response                                                   57
TOTAL                                                                                 813

                                                Table 7
                                  Specific Objectives Associated with
                               Enrolment Growth / Campus Development

Objectives                                                                         Frequency

Improve or Make Accessible Current Infrastructure, Amenities etc                     149
Slow Growth or No Growth / Focus on Quality Over Growth / Lower Student-Faculty      115
Ratio / Raise Admissions Standards / Benchmark Other Universities / Shrinking
Expand or Diversify Program and Course Offerings / Building on Current Strengths      70
Grow Only in Select Areas*                                                            70
Make Offerings Better Known / Improve York’s Image                                    41
Develop Career-Oriented Curriculum                                                    40
Improve Advising / Recruitment / Other Services                                       39
Retain Academic Accessibility / Reduce Fees                                           37
More Sustainable / Greener Campuses                                                   23
Improve Safety                                                                        17
Enhance Planning                                                                      10
No Answer / Other / Not Codable                                                       39
Total                                                                                650




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                                                 Table 7a*
                                    Suggested Areas for Selective Growth

Areas                                                                                Total
Medicine                                                                              17
Engineering                                                                           12
Sciences                                                                               8
Health / Occupational Therapy / Dietician                                              5
Journalism                                                                             4
Existing Strengths / Liberal Arts / Humanities / Social                                4
Sciences
Business / Entreprenurial Studies                                                     4
Space                                                                                 2
IT                                                                                    2
Architecture                                                                          2
Environmental Studies / Urban Planning                                                2
Fine Arts                                                                             2
Psychology                                                                            1
Interdisciplinary                                                                     1
Graduate                                                                              1
Dental                                                                                1
Veterinary                                                                            1
Interior Design                                                                       1

                                                   Table 8
                                     Specific Objectives Associated with
                                           the Student Experience

Objectives                                                                                   Frequency
General, Non-Specific Endorsement of Need to Foster Community / Pride /                         188
Engagement Etc (Frequently, in context of commuter school)
Improvement of Academic Quality (Contact, Class Size / First Experience and                    156
Transition Support / Co-Curricular Activities, Quality of Instruction, Scheduling,
Choice, Etc)
More and Better Study Space and Communal Space / Upgraded Infrastructure                        114
Improved Student Services                                                                        58
Student Empowerment and Participation / Administration Responsiveness                            50
Improved Safety and Security                                                                     46
Academic Advising / Counseling / Mentoring                                                       44
More Events (Frequently, Free and / or Campus-Wide)                                              44
High Cost of Education / Financial Pressures / Scholarships and Bursaries                        43
Career Support / Co-op Courses / Practica                                                        43
Food / Parking / Transportation / Housing                                                        38
Support / Promotion of Clubs                                                                     36
Equity / Inclusion                                                                               17
Fitness / Athletics / Sports                                                                     15
On-Line Service Improvements                                                                     15
Attention to Mature Students                                                                     11
Accessibility                                                                                    7
College Life                                                                                     5
No Answer / Not Codable                                                                          13
Total                                                                                          1,121

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                                                   Table 9
                                     Specific Objectives Associated with
                                                Governance

Objectives                                                                         Frequency
Accountable, Open, Responsive Administration / Transparency / Respect                 145
Diversify Membership / Democratize Governance / Uphold Academic Freedom or            121
Autonomy / Ethics / Equity /
Streamlined, Enhanced, Coordinated, De-Bureaucratized, Efficient Administration       109
and Services
Improve / Address Student Government                                                  32
Less Corporate / Harness Costs at Top                                                 30
Improve Communications                                                                29
Approval of Current Governance / Endorsement of Good Governance Aims                  28
Improve Labour Relations / No Disruptions                                             22
Lower Fees / Costs to Students                                                        21
Improve Safety and Security                                                           10
Focus on Academic Issues / Advising                                                   12
Improve Campus Facilities / Beautification / Sustainability                           6
Evidence-Based Systems / Tough Choice Modalities                                      4
Strategic Investments                                                                 1
Other / No Answer / Not Codable                                                       93

                                                  Table 10
                                     Specific Objectives Associated with
                                           Teaching and Learning

Objectives                                                                         Frequency
Better Quality Instruction / Experienced Instructors / Motivated Instructors etc       63
More Full-Time Faculty                                                                 42
Smaller Class Sizes                                                                    39
Enlist Technology / More On-Line and/or Hybrid                                         36
Empower Students / Critical Thinking / Citizenship                                     34
Training and Support for Instructors / Teaching Methodologies                          32
More Applied / Co-op / Practical / Experiential Courses                                30
Improve TA Quality / TA Training and Support / Support Graduate Students               14
Higher Academic Standards / Linkage to Tenure / Reward / Value                         13
Improve Course Selection / Availability / Formats / High Demand Areas                  12
Make Teaching Evaluations More Meaningful or Beneficial                                12
Increase Contact With Faculty                                                          8
Raise Academic Standards / Confront Academic Dishonesty                                7
Reduce Teaching Loads                                                                  6
Keep Research-Teaching Link                                                            6
Instruction is Generally Good                                                          5
Consider Teaching-Only (and/or Research-Only) Stream Hiring                            5
Improve Classrooms                                                                     5
Student Help Centres / Supports / Advising                                             4
Accessibility / Accessible Course Design                                               3
Greater Diversity of Teaching Cohort                                                   1
No Answer / Not Codable                                                                24



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                                               Table 11
                                  Specific Objectives Associated with
                                 Community Engagement and Outreach

Objectives                                                                        Frequency
Interface with Geographically Adjacent Community(ies) / Dissolve Borders             129
General Endorsement of Greater Internal Community / Outreach to Others               102
Link to Faculty and Student Research / Embed in Curriculum / Link to Social           82
Justice / Knowledge Mobilization
Underrepresented Groups / Need / Bursaries to Support Diversity / Promote             65
Health and Wellbeing
Co-op / Internships / Career-Focus                                                    59
Events to Connect Internal Community / Open toward External Communities /             53
Campus Organizations Special Role / Celebrations
Facilitate Volunteer Opportunities (For Students)                                     51
Publicize University’s Nature / Popularize Research Initiatives / Social Media        41
Partner with (Especially Secondary) Schools                                           25
National and (especially) International Dimension                                     24
Improve Safety and Security                                                           19
Lifelong Learning / Bridging / Academic Recruiting                                    18
Make Outreach and Humanitarianism Part of University and/or Faculty Mission /         18
Participate in Advocacy and Social Movements
Emphasize Sustainability / Local Food                                                 17
Improve University’s Image or Reputation                                              10
Recognize Community Outreach in Tenure and Promotion or Other                         7
Parking and Transit                                                                   7
Accommodations / Accessibility                                                        6
Colleges / Residences / Fraternities and Sororities Permitted                         6
Focus on Academic Improvements / Not Concerned                                        6
Labour Relations / Administration                                                     5
Create Continuing Education Faculty                                                   3
Redefine “Community” as Non-Geographic, Cultural, Non-Corporate                       3
More or Better Space on Campus                                                        2
No Answer / Not Applicable / Uncodable                                                44

Distinctive Aspects of York that Merit Attention in the UAP
York is generally well known for a number of distinctive attributes. Survey results demonstrate that
the community recognizes and embraces them. Yet academic quality was nominated by over forty
per cent of respondents as the paramount aspect of the University for the purpose of reiterating our
planning principles and commitments. This does not mean that other aspects are not relevant. It
does, however, reinforce the emphasis placed on quality in the Provostial White Paper and the UAP
2005-2010, where it is one of the two “overarching” themes. (See table 12, following page.)




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                                                Table 12
                               Distinctive Aspects Highlighted in the UAP
                              (number of respondents answering = 1,799)

Distinctive Aspect                             Frequency                      Percentage of Total
Academic Quality                                  718                                40.4
Interdisciplinarity                               307                                17.3
Accessible Education                              238                                13.4
Social Justice                                    219                                12.3
Innovation                                        115                                6.5
Global Reach                                      109                                6.1
Individual Empowerment                             73                                4.1


There were modest differences within the sample in terms of the aspect that ranked most highly. For
students, it was academic quality. Some 42.9 per cent of the students responding nominated this
aspect. Staff also rated academic quality highly at 40.7 per cent. Interdisciplinarity was selected first
by 32.3 per cent of faculty. There was a tie at the top between academic quality and social justice
among the twenty-seven alumni respondents. The differences were not vast (academic quality came
a close second for faculty members).

Concepts Requiring Greater Definition or Elaboration
The consultation document (which is an outline of the next UAP) employs a number of critical
concepts. APPRC asked which required clearer definition or elaboration in the text. Survey results
reinforce the conviction that all of the terms should be used in ways that impart meaning (and many
respondents urged the Committee to avoid jargon and to make the language accessible). Succinct
statements about academic quality, experiential education, the student experience, and engagement
will be necessary in the final version of the UAP 2010-2015.

                                              Table 13
                                Themes in Comments on Concepts
       (number of respondents = 162; total answers exceed respondents due to multiple coding)

Concept                                                                  Frequency
Classroom Instruction, Teaching Improvements                                 54
All Concepts Need Elaboration                                                33
Additional Concepts                                                          35
Sustainability                                                               14
Governance                                                                   10
Engagement                                                                    9
Workplace Issues (Improved Environment, etc)                                  8
UAP Process                                                                   8
Other / Not Specified                                                        24
Total                                                                       195


Invited to elaborate, many respondents expressed concern that the terms used in our planning
documents are simply “buzzwords” that have little meaning or are so elastic that they can fit any
situation. Some criticized York and other universities for resorting to jargon, or using terminology in
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ways that are alienating, confusing, and unrelated to life experiences. Others suggested that the next
UAP should be clear about all of the concepts employed. Taken together, 33 of 162 respondents
indicated that all of these terms needed elaboration, or criticized their usage in academic planning.

Nearly 1,200 respondents deemed quality to be most in need of elaboration, and quality was almost
invariably understood in terms of the classroom experience. Fifty-four respondents tied improved
quality with a richer teaching and learning environment. They cited better instruction (29), more
opportunities for applied and cooperative education (9), and an overall improvement in academic
standards (6). Some pointed to co-curricular support such as advising or the desirability of
participating in research projects.

Engagement is not always well understood and nine respondents urged greater clarity. In doing so,
some pointed to the struggles that students face in balancing their lives given other demands on their
time. This makes engagement beyond class time difficult, and reminds us of the need to ensure that
we create spaces for students and are sensitive to the rhythms of their studies.

Many respondents commented on the need to not only adopt sustainability as a fundamental tenet
but to take it seriously and express it conspicuously. Eleven comments stressed the need to go
beyond lip service.

Issues associated with the workplace came up in answers to many questions. In this context,
respondents stressed the need for harmonious labour relations or, simply, better conditions for staff.
One respondent urged that the UAP attend to the “faculty experience” as well as the student
experience.

The question also resulted in the identification of themes and concepts that appeared to have omitted
or downplayed in the consultation document: York’s interdisciplinarity (7), social justice (3), and
strengths in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts (4). Three respondents indicated that
more should be said about the funding prospects over the life of the plan (3) or called for additional
text on what it would mean for York to be a more comprehensive university (3).

Finally, 8 survey participants commented on aspects of renewing the UAP, such as the desirability of
more consultations and the need for Senate to take the views of respondents seriously.

Other Trends to be Taken into Account
Respondents were invited to identify other trends or factors to be taken into account in planning, with
the following results. Quality loomed large, but so did themes associated with building on York’s
reputation for sustainability. Respondents also pointed to phenomena, such as new technologies, that
will be important to all members of the community. The continuing but in some ways changing
diversity of the student body was frequently cited as was the cost to students of university education,
a trend that could undermine York’s commitment to accessibility. (See table 14, following page.)




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                                                  Table 14
                               Other Trends that Should be Taken Into Account

Factor                                     Frequency                         Illustrations (Select)
(Need for) General Academic                   119       Higher Admissions standards (most frequent) /
Improvements (including in national /                   Better, more innovative teaching / More contact with faculty
international rankings)                                 members
Environment / Sustainability                  110       Greener, more sustainable campus / Leadership in relevant
                                                        curriculum / Lower carbon footprint
Campus / Facilities / Urbanization            87        Physical plant in need of repair, upgrade, beautification /
                                                        Food services poor, student space inadequate / Blend with
                                                        adjacent communities
Education Costs                               55        Increasing share born by students / Costs threatening
                                                        accessibility
Demographics / Enrolment Patterns /           54        Internationalization of student body /
Government Expectations                                 More mature students interested / Poor preparation of high
                                                        school graduates / First-generation students / Toronto and
                                                        York University as models of diversity, multiculturalism
Transportation                                44        High cost of parking / More efficient on-campus routing of
                                                        public transit
New Technologies                              36        Adapt to new ways of communicating /
                                                        More on-line education Support for administration / Website
                                                        enhancement
Enhancing Student Life - University           34        Clubs, athletics, student government enhancement /
Communities
Safety and Security                           34        Impression of acute problem and constant danger
Curriculum Diversification / Societal         33        Most frequently, Medical School / Engineering and applied
Needs                                                   sciences / Buttress strengths in Humanities and Social
                                                        Science
Economic Crises / Career Support /            29        Shifting economy, limited job opportunities /
Career-Orientation in Curriculum                        Traditional co-op education / More “practical” studies
Staff / Faculty Renewal                       21        Aging population / Additional full-time faculty essential
Outreach / Partnerships / Globalization       18        Involvement with other knowledge-based sectors,
                                                        businesses, social agencies, adjacent communities, etc
Accommodations for students with              14        More accessible facilities / More understanding of
disabilities                                            conditions and challenges
Governance                                      8       Strike avoidance / Less bureaucracy
Uncodable / No Answer                          53                                     n/a
TOTAL                                         752

Making the UAP Matter
Respondents were also invited to comment on the link between the UAP and academic planning
across the institution, by offering suggestions about how the UAP might be made better known and
serve as a guide for planners. Responses indicate a strong consensus that the UAP should guide
academic planning at all levels of the University. The survey also illuminated a great deal of interest
in collegial participation in that planning. Concrete ideas about ways to make sure the UAP is well
known put a premium on open meetings with planners and exploitation itself. The document itself,
said many, should be clear, concise, focused, feasible, and free of jargon. Going forward, it was felt
that the UAP and its objectives should be a focal point for academic and administrative planning, and
that regular reporting on progress and impediments should be done by the Provost, Senate
Committee, Deans, and Chairs / Directors.



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                                                       Table 15
                                             Ways of Making the UAP Matter

              Suggestion                       Frequency                      Illustrations (Select)
General Communication /                           153      Create campaign around the new UAP
Advertisements, Etc
Website / Social Media / Social Media             123      York Website and social media, Posters and tables, Excalibur,
                                                           Youtube or videos
Face-to-Face Encounters / Open                    93       Town hall meetings, especially for students to attend
Meetings
Create Concise Executive Summary                  61       Create brochure, pamphlets, posters / Recruitment literature /
                                                           Develop allied slogan or theme, make it part of other University
                                                           literature, etc / (Frequently) One-page limit or bullet points
Accountability and Action (Units)                 52       Retreats, briefings for academic and administrative units /
                                                           Chairs accountable for publicizing, using UAP / Initiatives tied to
                                                           UAP goals
Keep Objectives Focused, Feasible,                44       Objectives should be selective, prioritized, attainable / (Less
Fundable, Clear, Flexible                                  frequently) Plan should not be overly rigid
Create Consensus at the Outset /                  39       Involve community, seek out opinion
Maintain
Bulletins / Newsletters / Listserv                35       Regular updates on what the UAP means, progress that is
announcements and progress reports                         made
Survey Community in Future                        33       Students, faculty, staff feedback
Discuss in Courses                                26       Site in Vari Hall or York Lanes
Use to Connect with External                      25       Provide summary version to decision-makers, funders, donors,
Community / Stakeholders                                   community groups
Accountability and Action (Faculties)             25       Decanal reports on UAP progress to Councils, Senate / Deans
                                                           responsible for publicizing UAP and working with
                                                           administration, Senate on the UAP / Make initiatives tied to
                                                           UAP goals
Avoid Jargon / Strive for Clarity or Flair        25       Make document compelling and accessible
Events to Coincide With Release /                 22       Have display, information in Libraries, Vari Hall, York Lanes
Public Space                                               and other locals
Support Recognize / Reward                        16       Use special envelopes to reward or recognize UAP-related
Achievements                                               achievements
Create Action Plan for Implementation /           15       Create means to document progress
Scorecards, Indicators / Hard Numbers
No Answer / Not Applicable or Codable             159      No answer / Criticism of survey or other aspect / Other matters
                                                           raised
Total                                            1,050




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Additional Data: Specific Objectives
Survey Question re: Specific Objectives Associated with Priority Areas

The following tables provide additional comparative data related to tables 6-11 . In most cases
only the most frequent sorts of aggregated responses are presented. Answers that were left
blank, were not codable or referred to other matters are not included. Alumni and “other”
omitted due to small sample size.


                                         Specific Objectives: Research

                                                   Frequency   Students   Faculty   Staff
Student Involvement / Integration in Class            129        125         3       1
Greater Funding / Administrative Support /            105         54        42       9
Reduce Red Tape
More Research Output / Quality Research /             75         54         14       7
Enhanced Research Cultures
Sciences / Health- Medicine / Engineering             53         44          3       6
Diversify / Innovate                                  50         34          7       9
Space / Facilities / Infrastructure/ Libraries /      45         32         10       3
Technology
Profile / Celebrate / Communicate York                34         20         7        7
Research
Improve Hiring / Strengthen Tenure and                33         15         10       8
Promotion
Improve or Expand Graduate Education /                33         26         6        1
Post-Doctoral
Focus on Current Strengths (Esp.                      32         23         9         -
Humanities)
Promote Social Impact and Relevant                    31         18         9        4
Research
Promote Interdisciplinarity / Internal                25         17         7
Collaboration
Teaching More or As Important / Teaching-             20          9         6        5
Research Balance
Course Load Burdens / Leave Time for                  20          -         20        -
Grant Holders
External Collaboration                                20         19         1        -
Focused / Strategic / Encourage                       19         15         1        3
Specialization
Ethical Research / Whistleblower / Non-               12          7         4        1
Privatization / Academic Freedom




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                                Specific Objectives: Student Experience

                                                 Frequency   Students   Faculty   Staff
Non-Specific Endorsement of Need to                 188        148        20       20
Foster Community / Pride / Engagement Etc
(Frequently, in context of commuter school)
Improve Academic Quality (Contact, Class           156         86         48       22
Size / First Experience and Transition
Support / Co-Curricular Activities, Quality of
Instruction, Scheduling, Choice, Etc)
More and Better Study Space and                    114         88         20       6
Communal Space / Upgraded Infrastructure
Improved Student Services                           58         34          8       16
Student Empowerment and Participation /             50         33         10       7
Administration Responsiveness
Improved Safety and Security                        46         40         3        3
Academic Advising / Counseling / Mentoring          44         32         6        8
More Events (Frequently, Free and / or              44         41         1        1
Campus-Wide)
High Cost of Education / Financial                  43         42          -       1
Pressures / Scholarships and Bursaries
Career Support / Co-op Courses / Practica           43         33         8        2
Food / Parking / Transportation / Housing           38         31         4        3
Support / Promotion of Clubs                        36         34         2        -
Equity / Inclusion                                  17         16         1        -




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                              Enrolment Growth / Campus Development

                                           Frequency       Students     Faculty   Staff

Improve, Make Accessible Current               149           118          21       10
Infrastructure, Amenities etc
Focus on Quality Over Growth / Lower           115           120          71       24
Student-Faculty Ratio / Raise
Admissions Standards / Benchmark
Other Universities / Shrink
Accept Growth by Expanding /                   70            50           11        9
Diversifying Program and Course
Offerings / Current Strengths
Grow Only in (Identified) Select Areas*        70            30           15       25
Make Offerings Better Known / Improve          41            34            5       2
York’s Image
Develop Career-Oriented Curriculum             40            37           -         3
Improve Advising / Recruitment / Other         39            29           6         4
Services
Retain Academic Accessibility / Fee            37            30           7         -
Reduction
More Sustainable / Greener Campuses            23            15           4         4
Improve Safety                                 17            17           -         3

                                    Specific Objectives: Governance

                                               Frequency     Students   Faculty   Staff
Accountable, Open, Responsive                     145           92        29       24
Administration / Transparency / Respect
Diversify Membership / Democratize                  121           82      36       3
Governance / Uphold Academic Freedom or
Autonomy / Ethics / Equity /
Streamlined, Enhanced, Coordinated, De-             109           61      25       23
Bureaucratized, Efficient Administration and
Services
Improve / Address Student Government                 32           32       -       -
Less Corporate / Harness Costs at Top                30           22       7       1
Improve Communications                               29           19       7       3
Approval of Current Governance /                     28           24       2       2
Endorsement of Good Governance Aims
Improve Labour Relations / No Disruptions            22           13       7       2
Lower Fees / Costs to Students                       21           21       -       -
Improve Safety and Security                          10           10       -       -
Focus on Academic Issues / Advising                  12           8        1       3




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                                       Teaching and Learning

                                            Frequency    Students     Faculty      Staff
                                                         (Sample        (All        (All
                                                           Only)    responses   responses)
Better Quality Instruction / Experienced       63           46           8           9
Instructors / Motivated Instructors etc
More Full-Time Faculty                         42          13          20          9
Smaller Class Sizes                            39          7           26          6
Enlist Technology / More On-Line and/or        36          6           17          13
Hybrid
Empower Students / Critical Thinking /         34           4          24           6
Citizenship
Training and Support for Instructors /         32           9          13          10
Teaching Methodologies
More Applied / Co-op / Practical /             30           9          11          10
Experiential Courses
Improve TA Quality / TA Training and           14           9          4            1
Support / Support Graduate Students
Higher Academic Standards / Linkage to         13           7          3            3
Tenure / Reward / Value
Improve Course Selection / Availability /      12           3          2            7
Formats / High Demand Areas
Make Teaching Evaluations More                 12           8          2            2
Meaningful or Beneficial
Increase Contact With Faculty                   8           6          -            2
Raise Academic Standards / Confront             7           -          6            1
Academic Dishonesty
Reduce Teaching Loads                           6           -          6            -
Keep Research-Teaching Link                     6           -          6            -
Instruction is Generally Good                   5           5          -            -
Consider Teaching-Only (and/or Research-        5           3          1            1
Only) Stream Hiring




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                                         Engagement / Outreach

                                               Frequency   Students   Faculty   Staff
Interface with Geographically Adjacent            129         92        21       16
Community(ies) / Dissolve Borders
General Endorsement of Greater Internal          102         80         15       7
Community / Outreach to Others
Link to Faculty and Student Research /            82         49         22       11
Embed in Curriculum / Link to Social Justice
/ Knowledge Mobilization
Underrepresented Groups / Need /                  65         56         7        2
Bursaries to Support Diversity / Promote
Health and Wellbeing
Co-op / Internships / Career-Focus                59         51         6        2
Events to Connect Internal Community /            53         47         2        4
Open toward External Communities /
Campus Organizations Special Role /
Celebrations
Facilitate Volunteer Opportunities (For           51         51          -        -
Students)
Publicize University’s Nature / Popularize        41         20         16       5
Research Initiatives / Social Media
Partner with (Especially Secondary) Schools       25         17         5        3
National and (especially) International           24         15         7        2
Dimension
Improve Safety and Security                       19         18         -        1
Lifelong Learning / Bridging / Academic           18         4          9        5
Recruiting
Make Outreach and Humanitarianism Part            18          9         4        5
of University and/or Faculty Mission /
Participate in Advocacy and Social
Movements




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