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From the Board of Governors Meeting of June 22, 2017


As the academic year comes to a close with the class of 2017 successfully graduated we can all feel the NSCAD pride.  There have been significant student and faculty achievements and accolades; delivery of key organizational goals that contribute to NSCAD's sustainability as an independent institution; and a renewed level of confidence in our future to lead visual arts education nationally and internationally and communicate its critical role in the creative and cultural economy in Halifax, Nova Scotia and beyond.

Positioning for the Future

Building upon the successful alignment of NSCAD's key strategy and planning documents in 2015-16, the focus for 2016-17 has been the preparation of the Outcome Agreement with the Province of Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education signed on April 25, 2017 in alignment with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 2015-2019.

The Senior Management Team has undertaken the foundational work to establish Performance Measures; Baseline Data and Targets; Trend Data and Actions in both Sector-wide Outcomes and Institution Specific Outcomes.  The First reporting period is June 2017 with the final reporting period due on or before March 31, 2018.

NSCAD is well positioned to achieve the Outcome Agreement and fulfill the MOU for one percent (1%) of the university operating grant in fiscal year 2018-19 and in doing so, will achieve NSCAD's strategic plan objectives.

Acquiring Support

In her role, the President has achieved outstanding Government and External Relations and NSCAD is in good standing with a high level of confidence in its future success an sustainability.  NSCAD has earned the reputation of delivering on its plans with punctual and accurate reporting to the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (L&AE).

NSCAD's Facilities Business Plan paved the way for the proposal of a new paradigm, a vibrant hub of innovation and a re-imagined vision for collaboration between NSCAD and AGNS.  The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage (CCH) commissioned a feasibility study for a co-located new facility on the Halifax Waterfront.  The Lord Cultural Resources draft report was completed in April 2017 for consideration by the province.

Forging Effective Teams

This year the Senior Management Team (SMT) membership included the addition of the Associate Vice President Student Experience and Registrar, appointed effective July 1, 2016.  The Special Project Advisor (HESA Report implementation) joined the team in January 2017.  The SMT has six (6) members supported by EA to the Office of the President and Board of Governors.  The leadership structure is working to deliver key critical objectives.

Collectively the Senior Management Team achieved the following key deliverables in 2016-2017; 

    • A budget net positive cash result for fiscal 2016-17
    • A balanced budget for fiscal 2017-18
    • Outcome Agreement performance measures and targets
    • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) first cycle or reporting
    • Accountability for ERM KPI metrics
    • Major Initiatives Gantt Chart 2016-2028 mapping our time-line review
    • NSCAD Strategic Plan Annual Reporting Template completed
    • HESA Report completed and implementation plan due June 2017
    • Facilities Planning and Lord Cultural Resources Report
    • Planning and implementation of the Learning Commons
    • NSGEU ratified Collective Agreement
    • Donor recognition event and commitments from new donors
    • Outstanding events well organized and attended
    • Full occupancy of lease facilities
    • Improved proactive communications, no ongoing negative publicity

Moving Forward: A Plan for Building Capacity in Recruitment & Admissions

At the June 22nd Board meeting, Justine Somogyi, Special Project Advisor presented to the Board on the plan forward for building capacity in recruitment and admissions.  The plan outlines the implementation of the recommendations in the report from Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA).

In Closing

It is imperative now to take the lead on our marketing and PR to move forward with confidence, achieving pole position in creative and cultural leadership; internally communications are needed to improve morale and provide confidence in NSCAD's future.  We are confident in NSCAD's future and look forward to 2017-18.

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the NSCAD Board of Governors is scheduled for September 21, 2017.

To advance an issue to the Board or address the Board, please contact Kathy Connor, Executive Assistant Governance & President's Office at kconnor@nscad.ca or 902-494-8114.

Items must be received for consideration a minimum of 10 days prior to the meeting date.

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Governance & Human Resources Committee

September 6, 2016

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Advancement Committee

August 23, 2016

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Financial & Physical Resources Committee

September 7, 2016

October 25, 2016

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Audit & Risk Oversight Committee

August 31, 2016

October 12, 2016

December 8, 2016

February 9, 2017

April 20, 2017

June 13, 2017

 All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

Board News

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Contact Information

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2015–2016 Annual Report

NSCAD Annual Report 2015-2016

We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2015–2016 Annual Report. Throughout the report, follow our timeline capturing a year in the life of NSCAD—beginning with events such as the opening of I AM NSCAD, a landmark exhibition which brought together the works of more than 160 alumni artists while at the same time unveiling exciting renovations at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. From there, it was just one highlight after another—our 129th year was truly an outstanding one.