The mission, vision and values project was born out of a need to better both reflect on and steer the evolution of our university. Our previous mission statement was approved in 1993, and our university has changed on many fronts since that time.
Our mission, vision and values do much to clarify who we are as a post-secondary institution. As we make decisions and set our path for the future, this consensus on who we are and what we are trying to achieve is essential to making good decisions, and forging a significant path.
With the support of our alumni, partners, donors, supporters and community, we have untold potential. The work done in creating the mission, vision and values project will help us continue to focus our considerable expertise and talents, and will guide our university's continued evolution.
President and vice-chancellor
Who we are
The University of Saskatchewan, situated in the vibrant city of Saskatoon on Treaty Six territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis, and on one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, is grounded in the character of a dynamic, forward-looking province. We have a well-deserved reputation for creativity, collaboration, and achievement. Supported by an innovative, energetic faculty, staff, student, and alumni community, and by a research infrastructure unique in Canada, we deliver across Saskatchewan and beyond one of Canada’s widest arrays of academic and professional programs.
The university displays remarkable resilience and a commitment to problem solving, attributes drawn from our prairie roots and from the outstanding contributions by members of our community from around the world. Our university’s unique spirit has transformed the lives of those who have experienced it.
We will contribute to a sustainable future by being among the best in the world in areas of special and emerging strengths, through outstanding research, scholarly, and artistic work that addresses the needs and aspirations of our region and the world, and through exceptional teaching and engagement.
We will be an outstanding institution of research, learning, knowledge-keeping, reconciliation, and inclusion with and by Indigenous peoples and communities.
Our principles and values
A belief in principles vital to our institution and a commitment to key values—ways of conducting ourselves—constitute the raison d'être of our mission and vision.
The University of Saskatchewan community believes in the following principles:
- Academic freedom
- Commitment to community
- Different ways of knowing, learning, and being
- Diversity, equality, and human dignity
- A healthy work and learning environment
- Innovation, curiosity, and creativity
- Openness, transparency, and accountability
The University of Saskatchewan community is committed to acting in accordance with the following values:
- Fairness and equitable treatment
- Integrity, honesty, and ethical behaviour
In December 2015, President Stoicheff formed a committee composed of members from across our community, on campus and off, to help with the development of the new vision, mission and values statement for the university. The visioning committee first met in January 2016, and focused on consulting with internal and external communities, and synthesizing and reviewing consultation inputs. As consultations continued, the committee developed a first draft of a mission, vision and values statement based on this input.
To provide the university’s internal community and external partners with the opportunity to have a voice in what they see for the future of our university, the following consultation methods were used:
- Visioning committee consultation meetings
- Online surveys
- Email feedback
- President’s meetings and activities
Two co-chairs drawn from the permanent academic staff: Brent Cotter (Law) and Liz Harrison (Physical Therapy)
- A senior member of the university’s administrative staff: Tom Crosson (Risk Management)
- An Aboriginal member of the university’s administrative staff or faculty: Liz Duret (HR Inclusion and Diversity)
- A student leader: Scott Adams (College of Medicine)
- An Elder: Harry Lafond (Office of the Treaty Commissioner)
- A member of the Board of Governors: Lee Ahenakew
- A member of Council: Wendy Roy (Department of English)
- A member of Senate: Karen Prisciak (ASK LLP)
- January 2016: development of committee processes and timelines, and early discussion on consultation strategy
- February and March 2016: initial consultation through meetings and an online survey, and the development of a framework for analysis of consultation
- Early April: concepts and themes released for feedback
- April and May 2016: consultation on concepts and themes through meetings, email feedback and online survey
- June 2016: draft document released for feedback
- September 2016: revisions to document based on feedback
- October 2016: document presented to University Senate, University Council and the Board of Governors for approval