On January 9, 2017, Osgoode Hall Law School’s Faculty Council unanimously approved in principle the Law School’s next Strategic Plan – “Access Osgoode, 2017-2020.” This new Strategic Plan aims at progressive, future-oriented goals and aspirations, as well as a commitment to Osgoode’s rich history and tradition. The “Access Osgoode” Plan commits the Law School to advancing five specific themes and goals:
2) Community Engagement;
3) Experiential Education;
4) Reconciliation with Indigenous communities; and
5) Research Intensification.
Planning can be a long and winding road – at Osgoode, we began the process for the “Access Osgoode” Strategic Plan over 18 months ago, by assessing the outcomes of Osgoode’s previous Plan, “Experience Osgoode” and included a range of retreats, town halls, roundtables, research and multiple drafts. Students, staff and faculty collaborated on the development of Osgoode’s Plan, which in turn builds on other University Plans (including York’s University’s Academic Plan and other strategic initiatives). So, now what? Where does a Plan take us? How can this amount to more than words on a page? That is the question to which I devote some reflections in this post.
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