Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Set the Standard for a Personalized Learning Experience

Strategy 1.1

We will ensure a personalized learning experience for our students and promote it internally and externally in order to identify this as a distinguishing feature of a Mount Royal University educational experience. Our approach to personalized learning does not stop at smaller class sizes and inclusive classroom instruction; rather, it gives us the opportunity to focus on the academic success and growth of every student, in every interaction.

Measures of Success

  • Students consistently rate Mount Royal as a leader in providing a personalized learning experience, when surveyed through NSSE, CUSC and our own Student Assessment Seminar.

Goal 2: Foster a Sense of Belonging among Students

Strategy 2.1

We will create high impact experiences in and out of the classroom.

Students benefit and are more satisfied in supportive settings that cultivate positive relationships among students, faculty, and staff. A supportive environment leads to increased engagement, a sense of belonging and ultimately, success in a student’s university experience.

Measures of Success

  • Our students report strong access to and interactions with faculty at greater than the national average.
  • Our students rate the quality of our campus environment at greater than the national average.
  • The availability of part-time student employment on campus is at or above the national average.
  • Our alumni describe the supportive environment of their Mount Royal experience as a key factor in their success, both as students and as they enter the working world.

Goal 3: Provide Intellectually Engaged Learning

Strategy 3.1

We will expose students to a liberal education and a broad interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and problem solving.

Mount Royal defines a liberal education as one that exposes our students to a breadth of disciplines across different faculties. As a fundamental part of all of our degree programs, liberal education includes an exposure to themes such as: numeracy and scientific literacy; values, beliefs and identity; community and society; and communication.

Our approach includes a comprehensive collection of courses across a range of subjects, including the sciences, mathematics, business and the humanities, and is designed to complement our students’ studies in their chosen field. These courses provide a broad, well-rounded foundation, helping to prepare our students for success in their core subject studies and for future education and employment.

Measures of Success

  • Our degree graduates demonstrate literacy in the sciences, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, business and communications.
  • Our degree graduates report they have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills at or above the national average.
  • Because of the value of liberal education in developing employability skills, employers report high satisfaction with Mount Royal graduates as expressed through employer satisfaction surveys.

Strategy 3.2

Every student will participate in at least one high impact or capstone work integrated learning experience during his or her time at Mount Royal.

At Mount Royal, the majority of our programs currently offer some form of work integrated learning. These experiences provide our students with practical application of the concepts they have learned through classroom study, better preparing them for the next stage in their lives.

Measures of Success

  • We are nationally recognized as a leader in work integrated learning, including, but not limited to co-ops, internships, service learning opportunities, practica, field studies, or work experience placements. 

Strategy 3.3

Every student will have the opportunity to enrich their academic experience through participation in research projects during his or her time at Mount Royal.

Engagement of our students in scholarship and research projects is a defining characteristic of Mount Royal’s undergraduate education. Undergraduate research at Mount Royal takes many forms, including the availability of research assistant roles, faculty support for individual or group research projects, faculty guidance for student research journals, scholarly communications or conference presentations as well as student poster presentations.

At Mount Royal, the majority of our programs currently offer some form of student scholarship or research. We will develop new and innovative ways to integrate research into teaching, and to involve our students in research projects. Through this integration, our students will gain new knowledge in their area of study, as well as in the research process itself, adding depth to their overall educational experience.

Measures of Success

  • Every program includes the opportunity for students to participate in at least one senior level research or capstone project through individual or group work, or directly engaged with faculty.
  • Our graduates have recognized experience in conducting research and have gained transferable analytical skills in the research process. 
  • Graduate schools recognize the quality of our undergraduate student research experiences, with Mount Royal placing within the top 10% among Canadian universities in graduate school acceptance rates.
  • Employers recognize the quality of Mount Royal’s undergraduate student research program as expressed through employer satisfaction surveys. 

Strategy 3.4

  • We will engage and challenge our students and create empowered learners.

By encouraging our students to take responsibility for their own educational experience, and to collaborate with their peers in a collective ownership of their shared learning, we are empowering them to become more self-sufficient learners, developing personal skills that they can apply in all of their future endeavours.

Measures of Success

  • Our students participate in collaborative learning, peer to peer and mentorship programs at a rate above the national average.

Goal 4: Increase Flexibility in Student Access

Strategy 4.1

We will grow to meet the demands of Alberta learners.

We will increase both the number of spaces available and programs offered at the Lincoln Park Campus to better accommodate the growing demand for access to post-secondary education in Alberta. 

Measures of Success

  • We have student spaces and funding to accommodate 13,000 credit FLE learners.
  • We offer at least 15 degree programs and 60 majors.
  • We are recognized as a provincial leader in terms of intake of transfer students for degree completion at Mount Royal.
  • We have successfully launched at least six new post-baccalaureate certificates and diplomas that provide timely new professional development.

Strategy 4.2

We will provide a greater number of students with access to Mount Royal degree programs in areas of the province currently without access to university-level programming.

  • Many students residing in smaller cities and towns around Alberta do not have access to university-level programming at their local colleges.
  • By offering Mount Royal degree programs at these colleges, we are creating flexible options for student access around the province, without adding student numbers to the limited space on our Lincoln Park campus.

Measures of Success

  • A minimum of five colleges in Alberta offer collaborative Mount Royal degrees.
  • A minimum of ten Mount Royal degree programs are offered at Alberta colleges.

Strategy 4.3

We will remove existing barriers to timely degree completion. Mount Royal will facilitate degree completion by improving student access to specific courses, expanding course availability, enhancing alternative delivery methods, offering year-round course delivery and maximizing course transferability across Mount Royal programs and between post-secondary institutions.

Measures of Success

  • All students who intend to complete their undergraduate education in a timely manner will complete their degrees within five years.
  • We place within the top 10% among Canadian universities for timely undergraduate degree completion.

Strategy 4.4

We will provide students with alternative entrance options. 

Mount Royal will provide students with access opportunities outside of direct entrance into degree programs. By creating clear pathways to provide the highest probability for success, more students will be able to complete a degree at Mount Royal.

Measures of Success

  • We are recognized as a provincial leader in alternative degree completion opportunities for mid-career adults.
  • We have doubled the number of alternative entrance students continuing into degree programs.

Goal 5: Facilitate Student Success

Strategy 5.1

We will reduce barriers to academic success by improving access to and awareness of quality student services.

We recognize that post-secondary education can be an overwhelming proposition for many students. By providing enhanced services to those student segments exhibiting the greatest need, we can give them the assistance they need to be successful in their studies.

The health and wellness of our students will be a foundation for services designed for student success. 

Measures of Success

  • Students report satisfaction with the availability of quality student services at greater than the national average.
  • Students report health and wellness at greater than the provincial and national average.
  • Across all programs, we place within the top 10% among Canadian universities in student retention rates.

Strategy 5.2

By increasing the availability of student awards and providing fnancial literacy services and employment opportunities on campus, we can help to reduce the financial pressures on our students, enabling them to focus on and successfully complete their studies.

Measures of Success

  • The value of available student bursaries, scholarships and awards equals 5% of Mount Royal’s annual operating budget.
  • The availability of part-time student employment on campus is at or above the national average.
  • More than 50% of students access financial management services or participate in financial literacy programs at some point during their studies.
  • Across all programs, we place within the top 10% among Canadian universities in student retention rates.
  • Across all programs, we place within the top 10% among Canadian universities in student graduation rates.

Goal 6: Foster a Healthy
Work Environment

Strategy 6.1

We will provide services that support a healthy and productive work environment.

Mount Royal has a commitment to the personal success of all members of our campus community. We will provide our faculty, staff and management with the services they need to be successful in their work to effectively support our students.

Measures of Success

  • We have increased participation by faculty, staff and management in continuous learning and professional development.
  • We have enhanced our recruitment, on-boarding and continual development strategies to ensure alignment between employee and University needs.
  • Positive response by our faculty, staff, and management in all categories on employee engagement and satisfaction surveys.

Strategy 6.2

We will foster a safe and positive working environment which is respectful and inclusive.

By remaining focused on fostering a respectful learning and work environment, we will minimize barriers and maximize opportunities for engagement and collaboration among individuals, departments and divisions.  

By supporting diversity and nurturing an inclusive campus, we will add facets to our internal community culture, enriching our campus and the overall experience of its members.  By formally acknowledging the importance of work and life balance, we will create a more engaged and productive workplace.

Measures of Success

  • Evidence of high employee satisfaction on ranking of respectful learning and work environment.
  • Evidence of employee wellness as measured through the employee wellness survey.
  • Evidence of broad cultural, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, abilities, gender and age diversity among our staff, faculty, and management complement.

Strategy 6.3

We will foster an environment that promotes trust through transparency in decision making.

We will promote an open and transparent approach to both decision making and the outcomes that result from these decisions. Recognizing that confidentiality and privacy are critical, and that not every decision can be made in a public manner, we will seek to provide clarity whenever possible, so that our faculty, staff and management have a shared understanding of how and why key decisions are made.

Measures of Success

  • As evidenced through employee surveys, our faculty and staff are satisfied that openness and transparency are practiced in all decision making across the University.
  • As evidenced through employee surveys, our faculty and staff are satisfied that internal communications are timely and adequate during budget development and other peak times when broad and critical decisions are being considered.

    Strategy 6.4

    We will foster career development among our faculty, staff and management.

    By maximizing the various skill sets among our faculty, staff and management, we can achieve Mount Royal’s strategic goals while also meeting our employees’ own career objectives. In recognizing and nurturing employee talents, we will be optimally positioned to provide professional opportunities to those highly skilled employees as new opportunities arise. 

    Measures of Success

    • As evidenced through employee surveys, we consistently achieve high rates of employee satisfaction across our faculty, staff and management groups.
    • We have developed a flexible and innovative human resources strategy which includes goals dedicated to employee recruitment, retention and succession planning.

    Goal 7: Enhance our Culture of Innovation

    Strategy 7.1

    We will be leaders in innovation and excellence in teaching and pedagogy.

    Faculty who wish to explore and incorporate new and unique teaching methods should be supported and recognized. Mount Royal is dedicated to the advancement of Scholarly Teaching and also promotes the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). We will encourage and provide greater support to faculty in the pursuit of excellent teaching, including new methodologies and integration of enhanced technologies.

    Measures of Success

    • Our individual faxculty members are recognized at the national and international level for teaching innovation and excellence.
    • Mount Royal is recognized at the national and international level for teaching innovation and excellence.

    Strategy 7.2

    We will support the scholarship, research and community engagement of our faculty.

    As a knowledge seeking community, Mount Royal appreciates that intellectual inquiry benefits us all. The sharing of this knowledge takes many forms, each of them equally important. Be it through traditional peer reviewed publications, performances, presentations or openly accessible work, Mount Royal recognizes the contribution of our faculty as scholars, researchers and public scholars.

    Measures of Success

    • Dissemination of individual research findings and scholarship outcomes increase by 20% across all faculties.
    • Tri-council research applications which include student research engagement opportunities are increased, with a resulting increase in approved funding.
    • Scholarship and research funding from foundations and alternate sources is increased
    • Industry and community organizations acknowledge Mount Royal faculty expertise in an increased number of collaborative projects.

    Strategy 7.3

    We will encourage and invest in innovation by staff, faculty and management.

    Innovative approaches to our day-to-day support of students and our support of one another deserves profile, and requires support to create successful results.

    Measures of Success

    • We have a formal program to invest in and/or seed innovation on campus.
    • Our staff and management are recognized by related professional organizations for innovation and excellence.

    Goal 8: Engage Multiple Communities in Innovative and Productive Partnership Activities

    Strategy 8.1

    We will support and encourage collaborations with post-secondary institutions across Canada in the generation of new and innovative instructional approaches, in the pursuit of scholarship and research and in the sharing of best practices among staff and management.

    There is great value in building connections with peer institutions to uncover and explore new innovations in classroom teaching. As best practices continually evolve, peer-to-peer and institution-to-institution collaborations can unveil new approaches which can be immediately incorporated into individual classes or even across programs.

    These partnerships will provide our faculty and students with an avenue for scholarship collaborations, sharing knowledge with like-minded, forward thinking institutions. Our students will gain an even greater breadth of experience to apply directly to their field of study. Our faculty will gain invaluable professional development opportunities in their area of specialization, thereby enhancing their teaching in the classroom.

    Our staff and management can seek to gain new knowledge in their area of specialization, and enhance business processes and procedures for more efficient and effective practices.

    Measures of Success

    • We have enhanced the existing post-secondary institutional collaborations to benefit teaching, learning, scholarship and business practices.
    • We have implemented a sophisticated and interactive network to share best practices and innovative teaching, learning, scholarship and business processes across Mount Royal and among peer post-secondary institutions.

    Strategy 8.2

    We will actively develop new teaching, learning and research partnerships with community organizations and the private and not-for-profit sectors, and we will nurture and expand our existing partnerships.

    These collaborations will create new and original opportunities for our faculty and students to embark upon current and timely research projects, as well as practicum and other experiential learning placements which will benefit our community and enrich the student experience, while further solidifying our unique relevance.

    Measures of Success

    • We have realized a 25% increase in new formal and informal partnerships with community organizations and the private and not-for-profit sectors dedicated to enhancing teaching, learning and research at Mount Royal.
    • Our partnerships with community organizations and the private and not-for-profit sectors are broadly viewed as models of university/community collaboration and are the subject of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) publications.

    Strategy 8.3

    We will fundraise with intention, actively developing new private sector relationships to generate additional sources of revenue for current and emerging areas of priority.

    Through greater collaboration and engagement with individual philanthropists, alumni and the corporate community, we will enhance our programming and provide our students and faculty with opportunities not available through traditional revenue streams.

    Measures of Success

    • Bursaries, scholarships and awards available to our students represent an amount equal to 5% of our annual operating budget.
    • Endowment funds provide sufficient operating revenue for The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and other programs that directly support our vision.
    • We have increased our number of alumni donors by 300%.
    • We sustain our numbers of alumni donors year over year.

    Strategy 8.4

    We will actively build affinity with our alumni, to strengthen their connection to Mount Royal and create ambassadors throughout the community and around the world.

    By enhancing our alumni programs, we will in turn enhance affinity among our alumni.  By developing new and more flexible ways to engage with our alumni, we will enhance their pride for their alma mater, thereby securing their ongoing, committed support for our initiatives.

    Measures of Success

    • We have increased awareness and grow by 60% the number of active alumni contacts.
    • We have doubled the involvement of alumni in chapter activities and programs such as the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship program.
    • We have maximized the number of alumni engaged in leadership roles on Program Advisory Committees, the Board of Governors, the Board of Directors (Senate) and Alumni Chapters.
    • We have successfully launched at least a half dozen new post-baccalaureate certificates and diplomas that both refresh and update Mount Royal degrees and other credentials and provide timely new professional development for our alumni.

    Goal 9: Enhance Community Outreach

    Strategy 9.1

    We will enhance our partnerships with Aboriginal communities, thereby fostering an engagement with current and potential Aboriginal students, enabling greater success in our dedicated recruitment initiatives and specialized retention strategies.

    The representation of Aboriginal students at Mount Royal should be equal to the representation of Aboriginal peoples within our province.

    Measures of Success

    • We have increased representation of Aboriginal students equal to 7% of our overall student population.
    • We have increased retention and graduation rates of Aboriginal students.
    • Faculty, staff and management demonstrate strong awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture and issues.
    • 100% of degree programs across the University include Aboriginal content and perspective.
    • There is an increased presence of Aboriginal faculty and staff across the University.

    Strategy 9.2

    We will create and expand our diverse and unique programs, which are a defining characteristic for Mount Royal, differentiating us among other post-secondary institutions.

    Mount Royal is an agile university, able to respond to emerging needs of Alberta and our current and potential students to create new and innovative academic and Continuing Education programming. This responsiveness provides our students with access to unique programs not readily available at other universities.

    Measures of Success

    • Our Continuing Education Faculty is positioned as a provincial leader in the development of new and unique lifelong learning opportunities.
    • Our Continuing Education Faculty collaborates with academic faculties to offer unique programming, including the provision of at least two to three new degree completion opportunities for mid-career professionals.

    Strategy 9.3

    We will continue to strategically support the work of our community focused programs by developing new and innovative programs and services for the broader community.
    Areas such as Continuing Education, the Conservatory, Recreation, Cougar Athletics and the Riddell Library and Learning Centre are important ambassadors in our community, providing Mount Royal with an invaluable link to thousands of students and community members every year.

    Through the development of an integrated marketing strategy, we can ensure that all promotions enhance the broader reputation of Mount Royal as a whole.

    Measures of Success

    • We have increased external community participation and engagement across all of our community focused programs.

      Strategy 9.4

      We will create partnerships with universities across Canada to facilitate student and faculty exchanges between institutions.

      A national exchange strategy will enable students from across Canada to benefit from a Mount Royal education while providing our students access to new experiences within the country.

      Measures of Success

      • We are recognized as a national leader in program-to-program student exchanges with other Canadian universities.
      • We are an active participant in at least four to six new multi-institutional student and faculty mobility programs, in addition to the two bilateral agreements currently in place.
      • Upwards of 1,000 Mount Royal students participate in these domestic mobility programs, and an equal number of students from other institutions study at Mount Royal.

      Strategy 9.5

      We will increase our international focus through the development and delivery of programs related to student mobility and faculty exchanges, and through the provision of specialized student supports dedicated to our international student population.

      An enhanced internationalization strategy will enable a greater number of students from all over the world to experience a Mount Royal education. The added benefit of this element of internationalization will be the interactions our current students will enjoy when engaging with international students, while providing greater exposure to the diversity that internationalization will naturally bring to our campus.

      Additionally, facilitating exchanges for our students and faculty through international partnerships will further enhance their educational experience.

      Measures of Success

      • We have increased representation of international students studying at Mount Royal equal to 5% of our overall student population.
      • At least 5% of our students study abroad for at least one semester.
      • At least 5% of our students participate in international field schools.

      Strategy 9.6

      We will encourage, support and recognize the community service commitment of our students, faculty, staff, and management.

      Many members of the Mount Royal community are active citizens who make an impact well beyond our University gates. Often referred to as human capital, their contributions and talents are felt throughout Calgary and beyond. Whether tied to their activities on campus or based on strong personal interests, the commitment of so many members of our community defines and models engaged citizenship and demonstrates the importance of integrated communities.

      Measures of Success

      • We have increased community involvement with more than half of Mount Royal’s students, faculty, staff and management making a personal and dedicated commitment to active citizenship.

      Goal 10: Advance Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability

      Strategy 10.1

      We will create an environment of Economic Sustainability by ensuring that the Government of Alberta considers post-secondary education a priority, and there is a commitment to provide stable and equitable operating funds and flexible Tuition Fee Regulation.

      At Mount Royal, Economic Sustainability is dependent upon predictable and sustainable base operating grants and infrastructure maintenance funding from the provincial government to cover the cost of current program delivery, and to plan future programs and enrolment to meet the proportionately high demand for university access in Calgary.

      Measures of Success

      • Tuition at Mount Royal is based on a standardized fee for all courses and is competitive within the province of Alberta.
      • The historical inequity in the base operating grant has been restored and our annual operating grant is equitable to other universities in Alberta.
      • The government has revised the Tuition Fee Regulation to provide us with flexibility to apply appropriate tuition and course-based instructional fees to balance tuition and operating grants with the cost of program delivery.

      Strategy 10.2

      We will secure our economic sustainability by developing comprehensive implementation plans, including management of current assets and resources and planning for future resource development with diversified revenue sources. The implementation plans will also include enhanced internal controls to ensure responsible management of resources to capitalize on returns on investment.
      Economic Sustainability also includes the application of important practices such as fiscal stewardship, resource development, asset management, the development of internal controls and planning for initiatives to ensure a responsible return on investment.

      Measures of Success

      • We have developed a budget that is designed to achieve both our current and long-term strategic goals.
      • We present a balanced budget to the Board of Governors, without the need to draw on reserve funds to cover the cost of program delivery.

      Strategy 10.3

      We will actively promote and support Environmental Sustainability by implementing the key recommendations from the President’s Task Force on Campus Sustainability.

      At Mount Royal, Environmental Sustainability includes the adoption of important initiatives such as energy renewal, reducing our carbon footprint, carefully considered land use, waste reduction, and the stewardship of our green spaces.

      Measures of Success

      • Environmental considerations are incorporated into day-to-day activities and long term planning. 

        Strategy 10.4

        We will foster Social Sustainability by developing a Social Sustainability Plan that identifies, addresses and removes barriers to access, to ensure full and meaningful participation in our learning, living and working community.

        Mount Royal is committed to developing a socially sustainable campus community that nurtures and celebrates diversity, inclusion, equity and justice and facilitates a service culture. We acknowledge that our activities, programs, services, and everyday interactions are enriched by our acceptance of one another.

        Measures of Success

        • We have implemented improved policies aimed at lowering systematic barriers and increasing universal access.
        • We have adopted practices and behaviours which promote and provide a safe and inclusive environment.