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SENECA COLLEGE OF APPLIED ARTS & TECHNOLOGY ANNUAL REPORT 201011 SENECA

strives to be the recognized leader in student success, renowned for the quality of our teaching, applied research and innovation. Whether for students, faculty and staff members or partners, we want to be the preferred choice for programs and services among post-secondary institutions preparing todays learners for tomorrows careers and professions by developing comprehensive programs, pathways to further education and strong supports for students to achieve their educational goals within a culture that encourages risk-taking, entrepreneurship and embraces change. A community that is diverse and dynamic, where people are valued and encouraged to take initiative. An environment of stimulating, collegial, highly professional and respectful members, collaborating to enhance our communities today and in the future.

Strive to be the best. Prepare for tomorrow. Enhance your life.

Introduction: Quality and student successSeneca strives to be the recognized leader in student success, renowned for the quality of our teaching, learning, applied research and innovation. Whether for students, faculty and staff members or partners, we want to be the preferred choice for programs and services among post-secondary institutions.

Seneca prepares todays learners for tomorrows careers and professions by developing comprehensive programs, pathways to further education and strong supports for students to achieve their educational goals.

Seneca also provides access to post-secondary education and vocational training for students who demonstrate commitment and potential, but lack credentials, through programs such as academic upgrading.

Through our flexible program delivery and use of technology, we encourage those we welcome to the College, as well as the entire community, to be lifelong learners.

We also engage students and faculty in solution-focused applied research in collaboration with business, industry, social agencies, other institutions of higher learning and government.

Our culture encourages risk-taking, entrepreneurship and flexibility, and we embrace change as part of our drive for organizational effectiveness. The College community is a diverse, dynamic place, where people are valued, supported and encouraged to take initiative while developing their career and professional aspirations.

Seneca also values teamwork. We create a stimulating, collegial, highly professional and respectful environment, where our students and employees collaborate to enhance our communities today and in the future.

Message from the Chair and PresidentReflecting on an exciting and productive year at Seneca, its impossible to pick out any single highlight as the signal accomplishment of the thousands of dedicated employees and tens of thousands of hardworking students who are teaching and learning at our campuses.

Instead, we are delighted to celebrate achievements across the spectrum.

We continue to strengthen the quality of our programs through significant investments in faculty and program development, curriculum review and quality assurance activities. The Centre for Academic Excellence has been established and is continuing to grow in effectiveness and impact. Faculty and staff are deeply involved in innovative projects as evolving technologies continue to open up new opportunities in teaching and learning. Our applied research activities are expanding rapidly, offering new challenges for our students and faculty.

We are implementing the recommendations of the Student Recruitment and Support Projecta cross-College collaboration that made excellent suggestions for strengthening and focusing the services that help our students succeed. Initiatives this year included longer hours at the libraries and computing commons during exam times, expanded test centres and student orientations, a refocus on core subjects in the Learning Centres and a pilot intercampus shuttle service to cut down commuting times and allow students and staff to get out of their cars. More changes are underway.

We focused on our employees with our first-ever employee engagement survey and all-employee meeting. The survey exceeded our expectations in both participation and results. The faculty, support staff and administration of Seneca are proud to be Senecans, understand the centrality of quality in all that they do, and are fully committed to every

students success. Our all-employee meeting attracted 900 employees from across our campuses and was highly successful. For the third year in a row, we were honoured with the recognition of being one of the GTAs top employers.

Finally, enrolment continues to hit record highs as demand for our quality degrees, diplomas and certificates continues to grow. We are eager to open our 160,000-square-foot expansion at the Newnham Campus, funded in part by the federal-provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program, and we continue to look for ways of improving our physical space. We embarked on an ambitious master planning process across Seneca that will position us well for efficient and sustainably responsible use of our campuses.

This is an enormously exciting time to be in post-secondary education. The need for the kind of quality credentials that Seneca offers continues to grow. Both our full-time and continuing education programs are giving young and mature students the skills and knowledge they must have to thrive. And despite fiscal difficulties, governments continue to support our work because it understands that our economy and society cannot continue to be strong without a world-class education system.

Our thanks to our dedicated faculty, support staff and administrators who on a daily basis demonstrate their commitment to our students. Our thanks as well to our many partners in industry, the communities we serve and government who support our work in innumerable ways. And our thanks to the students who have chosen Seneca, who bring such life and spirit to our campuses, and whose contributions today, and in the future, we celebrate.

David Agnew, President

Bill Hogarth, Chair

Activity reporting outcomes: Seneca priorities and core strategiesINTRODUCTION

Fiscal 2010-11 saw the implementation of Senecas updated priorities and core strategies with initiatives across our campuses to support them. As the College continues to provide students with the quality educational experience that will lead them to successful, fulfilling careers in the new economy, these priorities and their accompanying core strategies will serve as the foundation of our mandate:

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REPORTING CHARTS

Core Strategy Initiatives for 2010-11Performance indicators/measurable outcomes Status update, as of March 31, 2011

If not completed, timeline for completion

Core Strategy Initiatives for 2010-11Performance indicators/measurable outcomes Status update, as of March 31, 2011

If not completed, timeline for completion

1/ LEADING IN CAREER-RELATED AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Delivering high-quality programs

Create Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE).

CAE established; new/revised positions in place, hiring complete, with a minimum of five innovation projects underway.

In Progress: CAE created and Laurel Schollen appointed Associate Vice-President Academic; further staffing continues.Achieved: 17 innovation projects underway.

Ongoing.

Leverage Web-based Program Review tools and expertise to build an effective and accelerated Program Review cycle.

Operational Program Review Dashboard by Q4 of 2010 for use in 2011. New Tier One Program Review Report format established, piloted in one program of each school.

In Progress: Dashboard developed and piloted. Tier 1 report drafted; planning begun for development of a comprehensive online tracking system for Program Development and Program Review.

Completed significant changes to the organization and reporting features of the Program Review Dashboard.

2011-12 fiscal year.

Three-to-five additional Program Reviews initiated beyond planned 2010-11 cycle.

Achieved: Eight additional program reviews, beyond those planned, initiated for 2011 cycle (Quality Initiatives Funding).Twenty new programs added to the Program Review Dashboard.

Renew degrees with Post-secondary Education Assessment Board.

Consent renewal process for degrees in Human Resources Strategy and Technology, Informatics and Security and Financial Services Management underway.

Achieved: Self-study portion of the renewal piece complete, May/June target for external assessment; summer submission to PEQAB on schedule.

Aviation Accreditation Board International accreditation for Aviation degree completed.

In Progress: Self-study review underway; consent renewal site visit scheduled for summer 2011; accreditation target February 2012 AABI meeting.

February 2012.

Increase the full-time faculty and support compliment in support of programs and services aligned to Planning Frame-work initiatives.

Twenty-five additional full-time faculty and support positions created and filled.

Achieved: In excess of 25 faculty and support positions created.

Strengthening academic clusters of expertise and enhancing their profile to employers and other external stakeholders

Strengthen Senecas leadership in Financial Services and Business.

Centre for Financial Services relo-cated to the Markham Campus.

Under review: Competing space priorities.

Canadian Institute of Financial Crime Analysis CIFCA operational, funding secured fr