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What would it take for you to become a student at AU?
It’s a question I’ve been asking a lot. I’ve asked community leaders, journalists, politicians, staff, professors, and random individuals who haven’t yet discovered Athabasca University. It’s a question I encourage you to ask too.
The answers have been insightful, often very personal, and consistently illuminating, while everyone’s story is unique, and the level of detail varies, the answer to this question is surprisingly consistent. Frequently, there is a strong desire to pursue university education, constrained by either uncertainty in themselves, uncertainty in their ability to balance education with the needs of their families and communities, and uncertainly about AU’s ability to deliver what they think they need.
It is abundantly clear, that students, alumni, government, and all of our stakeholders, including each of us wants AU to be successful and be proud of our place as the pioneers of new and innovative ways to learn.
We are meant to move, to always be on the journey, to blaze a trail only possible at a digital-first university. To set a course that others are compelled to follow and be part of. This is how we transform lives and transform communities - it is the genesis of our Imagine plan.
Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities, is a five-year strategic plan to guide that journey. To help us navigate the unknown and allow us to move forward together. With each divisional plan, resource plan, and update, my commitment to you is to add clarity, show how activities fit together, add depth, and ensure you continue to have input in the choices we make. But have no doubt... we are moving.
Imagine is complex but understanding it need not be complicated. If you are new to our plan or if you are a regular reader, here’s how I would suggest you approach reading it:
We owe it to our students, their families, and their communities to deliver on our potential. We owe it to our alumni, to our stakeholders, and we owe it to ourselves too. I know that we believe in AU and the transformative change we enable for our students, their families, and their communities.
What’s next for each of us? Read Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities, think about it, imagine how you can help, ask lots of questions, and be ready to move beyond.
Neil Fassina PhD CPHR ICD.DPresident
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The Steering Team membership was comprised as follows:
Updated October 11, 2018 by Web Services - University Relations