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From the Board of Governors meeting of June 23, 2016

Reflections of 2015/2016

As the Academic Year 2015-2016 comes to a close we have been working towards completing the review and evaluation phase of delivery on institutional plans, goals and objectives and professional performance and achievement.  

The review and evaluation process informs planning for 2016-2017 building upon the significant development of comprehensive metrics aligned with the strategic implementation plan through 2015-2016.  

Collectively, the Senior Management Team and Leadership Team achieved 20 key deliverables in 2015-2016.

  • Student satisfaction is good (EduNova Barometer survey 2016);
  • Comprehensive Collective Bargaining with FUNSCAD Units I & II resulting in 30 months of Labour Peace;
  • Delivery on the NSCAD Sustainability Plan of July 2014;
  • Delivery on the NSCAD Bilateral Agreement due March 31, 2016;
  • Tuition Market Adjustment;
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process and implementation; Established ERM KPI metrics;
  • Comprehensive Policy Review and Policy Framework;
  • Major Initiatives Gantt Chart 2016-2028;
  • NSCAD Strategic Plan Implementation Annual Reporting Template completed;
  • NSCAD and province Outcome Agreements established and aligned with NSCAD strategy and planning documents;
  • Facilities Planning and extensive consultations for the Fountain Donation enhancements to the Fountain Campus;
  • Space Review and facilities planning to exit Fountain Campus by 2019;
  • NSCAD safety update project including key card access;
  • Renovations to the Anna Leonowens Gallery and establishment of the ArtBar+Projects and Cabaret Voltaire Atlantiqué and Granville Art Hub;
  • Donor recognition event and commitments from new donors;
  • Events well organized and attended;
  • Full occupancy of lease facilities;
  • Improved proactive communications, no ongoing negative publicity;
  • Strategic Infrastructure Fund Application (SIF); and
  • A balanced financial position 2015-16 and a balanced budget 2016-17

Continuing with the BOLD VISION

NSCAD has also continued with the BOLD VISION plan: A One Nova Scotia Arts and Cultural Destination.   The foundation of this initiative is being built and a number of meetings have taken place.  NSCAD President met with the Chair of the Board Symphony Nova Scotia and Chair of the Board AGNS and received firm support for a NSCAD led scoping exercise and information sharing to commence this summer to inform a high-level operational cost feasibility-planning phase. In addition the Executive Director, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council has also expressed firm interest in joining the feasibility planning for a one-campus facility and collaboration.

Library Learning Commons

Implementation of phase one of the Library Learning Commons is in progress at the Fountain Campus and is scheduled to open in September 2016. This outcome celebrates the culmination of 18 months of discussions, consultations and planning by the NSCAD community.


A four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the province and Nova Scotia’s ten universities was signed on June 22, 2016.  

The new MOU is retroactive to April 1, 2015 and runs to March 31, 2019.  It states a commitment to improved supports for students around sexual violence prevention and disability services. It also provides guidelines around executive compensation and a clear process for reviewing auxiliary and ancillary fees with students.

A key element of the MOU requires that Outcome Agreements be established with each university. They will include measurable sector and institution-specific outcomes around quality, sustainability, and that enable and encourage transparency, accountability, and alignment with provincial priorities. NSCAD’s Outcome Agreements were drafted and submitted to Labour & Advanced Education on May 18, 2016.

Board Retreat

A NSCAD University Board Retreat is in the planning for August 2016 for an informed and fulsome discussion on the progress of the Facilities Strategy. This will enable NSCAD to be ready for the next steps to be taken in the Fall 2016. 

The next meeting of the Board of Governors is September 22, 2016 - Regular Board Meeting Followed By AGM.


2015/16 Meetings Schedule

Agendas are set and circulated seven days prior to each meeting.

To advance an issue to the Board or address the Board, please contact Kathy Connor, Executive Assistant Governance at kconnor@nscad.ca or 494-8114. Items must be received for consideration a minimum of 10 days prior to the meeting date.


Board of Governors


September 22, 2016


September 22, 2016

November 24, 2016

February 16, 2017

March 30, 2017

May 11, 2017

June 22, 2017

September 21, 2017


September 21, 2017



Governance & Human Resources Committee


September 6, 2016

November 9, 2016

January 26, 2017

March 21, 2017

May 3, 2017

June 8, 2017


Advancement Committee


August 23, 2016

October 26, 2016

December 1, 2016

February 23, 2017

April 27, 2017

May 31, 2017


Financial & Physical Resources Committee


September 7, 2016

October 20, 2016

January 12, 2017

March 2, 2017

April 12, 2017

June 1, 2017


Audit & Risk Oversight Committee


August 31, 2016

October 12, 2016

December 8, 2016

February 2, 2017

April 20, 2017

June 13, 2017

  All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

Board News


Board Briefs, May 12, 2016

Board Briefs, March 31, 2016

Board Briefs Sept. 17, 2015

Board Briefs June 25 2015

Board Briefs May 2015

Board Briefs April 2015

Board Briefs January 2015

Board Briefs November 2014

Board Briefs October 2014

AGM 2014 Review and Reports


Charting a Path Forward

Margaret and David Fountain give $3 million to NSCAD

NSCAD names new President

Board briefs September 2014

Board briefs April 2014

Board briefs  March 2014

Board briefs  February 2014

                       For news items prior to 2014, please go to our Archives

Contact Information

    (902) 494 8114

2014–2015 Annual Report


We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2014–2015 Annual Report. The report is inspired by NSCAD's Strategic Framework and its four pillars: Nurture, Curiosity, Steward and Connect.