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Low turnout for 2016-2020 public forum for research planning

Although the Thursday session of the 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan forum on October 22 at the Chilliwack CEP campus was cancelled, the following Monday session pushed forward.

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By Megan Lambert (The Cascade) – Email

Although the Thursday session of the 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan forum on October 22 at the Chilliwack CEP campus was cancelled, the following Monday session pushed forward.

However, it only saw six attendees, one of whom was a reporter with The Cascade.

The Strategic Research Plan outlines the way research at UFV is aligned with the university’s institutional learning outcomes (ILOs) and places priority on certain aspects of research at a teaching university. In the 2010-2015 plan, the research office placed emphasis on the integration of student and faculty research, and seeking more research opportunities, like grants, for students.

Director of research in the department of research and graduate studies, Brad Whittaker, says that in terms of UFV’s operating budget, drafting a guide for the scope and range of research is concurrent with a guide for monetary resources.

“One of the reasons to have this plan is to see where we’re going to put the resources,” he said.

The forum was the last of three scheduled for this month to collect public feedback on the research plan. There are no more public forums currently scheduled, so the next steps for the 2016-2020 Strategic Research Plan will be for its completion by Spring 2016 and its approval by the UFV Research Advisory Council, the UFV Senate, and the UFV Board of Governors.

With files from Alex Harte.

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