Strategic plan momentum: moving forward with implementation

Posted on June 18, 2019 by

Technology is a key differentiator within higher education. Increased access to education, adapting new methods of teaching and learning, enhancing access to digital research infrastructure and enabling secure online environments are just a few of the ways technological advances have increased productivity and success in intuitions.

Now, for the first time at the University of Toronto (U of T), there is a blueprint to help guide information technology and ensure that local decision-making enhances the University experience for everyone – from students and faculty to staff and partners.

We launched that guide, the IT@UofT Strategic Plan, on May 3 to over 400 people at the beautiful and historic Convocation Hall, St. George campus. It sets the framework for Information Technology Services (ITS) and the tri-campus IT@UofT community for the next five years.

The plan was developed following a year-long strategic planning process guided by a steering committee, which began in summer 2018. More than 650 staff, students and faculty across the three campuses as well as partners were engaged. Some of these participants are featured in a new launch video, which celebrates the extraordinary talents of people across all three campuses and multiple departments. The video also outlines the projects and technological solutions recently developed by ITS.

A foundational focus of the plan is its three thematic pillars: people, solutions and collaboration. These pillars will drive the development of further plans within ITS.

Just last week, the ITS leadership team met to discuss the way forward and next steps to realize the plan’s objectives and initiatives. We dug in and it is clear progress is already in motion. We are working on assigning leads to various initiatives and bring the plan to life in our every day work. I encourage divisions to adopt the framework to help align their local planning with the University as a whole. Along the way, ITS will provide regular communication and progress updates to the community.

If you have questions or feedback about the IT@UofT Strategic Plan, please contact:

View the full suite of IT@UofT resources here.