Invitation to Participate
We are embarking on a process for a strategic plan for Cape Breton University that, in the end, will provide a framework to guide us forward. The process will be led and shaped by you, our campus community, with many opportunities for those who want to be active in the process to engage. Together we are going to advance CBU, and, in doing so, we will also advance the communities of Cape Breton Island.
It has been nearly two decades since a similar exercise has been completed, making it essential that we do not delay this process any further. Since then, we have addressed challenges and made significant advancements while working within a competitive and constraining post-secondary education environment in Nova Scotia. Realizing early on the effects that declining local demographics would have on CBU, the University set a course of action that successfully pivoted CBU from a regional university into a globally relevant institution that serves students from Cape Breton Island, across Canada, and around the world.
At the same time, CBU strengthened its role as a driver of economic, social, and cultural activity for Cape Breton Island, also establishing itself as a strong contributor to immigration, energy policy, export development, and the economic agenda at both the local and provincial levels. We are an asset to this region and will continue to be.
If you look at our past, our ability to adapt has defined us. From our early days as Xavier College and the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and, later, the College of Cape Breton and University College of Cape Breton and, then, Cape Breton University, we have responded as the world has changed around us. As we move through this process, we must challenge one another to think innovatively, keeping in mind the vital role we play within our community in addition to our commitment to delivering a quality education to all learners.
A strategic plan for Cape Breton University will be written with input from those who choose to join us in this important work. I invite you to participate often and listen to others so we can envision the Cape Breton University of the future, a university rooted in our past and well-positioned to inspire the next generation.
Together, let us begin the journey.
David C. Dingwall
President & Vice-Chancellor