The ink has just dried on a new Bilateral Agreement between the Province of Nova Scotia and NSCAD University—now the challenge is to continue to deliver on sustainability targets while enhancing the student experience.
Charting a path to move forward over the next three years (to March 31, 2016), the Bilateral Agreement was signed by the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, President of NSCAD University, on October 1, 2014 and brought to the NSCAD Board of Governors at its meeting of October 23. 2014.
“My focus—the focus of all of us at NSCAD—is our students and their experience,” says Prof. Taylor-Gearing. “We must continually strive to enhance the student experience at NSCAD, to inspire and motivate, to teach and to learn. This is the unique essence of everything we do at NSCAD looking through a wide lens.”
The NSCAD University Bilateral Agreement is shaped and informed by an earlier Bilateral Report submitted to the Province in January 2013, and NSCAD’s Framework for Sustainability, submitted a year earlier, in March 2012.
There are newly signed agreements between the Province and each of Nova Scotia’s 10 universities. Since the last report, Nova Scotia had an election and a new government has put in place the current update.
All the universities are guided by the same vision statement: “The Province of Nova Scotia and the ten universities have a shared vision of a differentiated, collaborative system of autonomous universities that is globally competitive in the quality of its academic programs and research activities, locally connected to provincial social and economic goals, accessible for Nova Scotia students and responsibly supported by the Provincial government.” As outlined by the Province, the aim is to ensure the sustainability of the Nova Scotia’s university sector while maintaining quality and enhancing accessibility.
“Differentiated” and “collaborative” are key words throughout the NSCAD document; the Bilateral Agreement recognizes NSCAD’s uniqueness among the other universities, highlighting our programs in art and design and studio-based delivery education. NSCAD’s uniqueness in terms of programming and as a creative incubator makes it an ideal partner for collaborations. Many joint initiatives have already been forged, and NSCAD is committed to seeking out more opportunities.
Further, NSCAD commits to delivering a balanced budget and continuing to identify operating and program efficiencies.
“Achieving a balanced budget will take all of us working together at NSCAD to find solutions,” says Prof. Taylor-Gearing. “NSCAD has a come a long way in such a short period of time and I am optimistic that we’ll continue to make great progress.”
For the full report, please read: Bilateral Agreement