Board briefs
June 7, 2013

Strategic Research Plan 2013-2014

The Board of Governors agreed to adopt NSCAD's Strategic Research Plan. Presented by Dr. Kenn Honeychurch, the plan is intended to highlight areas of existing or emerging institutional research capacity, to outline the university’s plans with respect to its Canada Research Chair allocations and Canada Foundation for Innovation infrastructure support, and to engage a range of other public and private sector granting partners.

Faculty appointments

  • Adrian Fish was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.
  • Kim Morgan was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.
  • Dr. Christine Holzer-Hunt will return to the faculty ranks as Associate Professor upon completion of her term as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies on July 1, 2014.

Student recruitment

The NSCAD Admissions Office was working in overdrive as the June 1 deadline for fall programming approached. Efforts include a new program to encourage prospective students to visit NSCAD by offering a break on accommodations, the extension of the application deadline, mini-portfolio days and new media campaigns such as the high school art contest. “We are pulling out all the stops to make the admissions process easier and to reach out to people sitting on the fence,” said Dr. Dan O’Brien.

NSCAD currently has a Request for Proposals for rebranding, specifically related to recruitment materials. The closing date for proposals is June 12. Please see:

NSCAD operating budget

NSCAD has made significant strides to reduce its deficit in 2012-2013. Instead of posting a $1.3 million cash deficit, as was projected, the deficit was reduced by a substantial margin. The cash deficit factors in principal payments on debt.

“We are very lucky to have the team we have with Dan (O’Brien) and the administration,” said Paul Goodman, chair of the Finance/Property Committee. “Kudos to them.”

Conservative estimates put next year’s operating cash deficit in a similar range ($992,162) on a total budget of approximately $18.4 million.

A tuition increase of 3% was approved previously, effective September 2013. All other Nova Scotia universities are likewise instituting tuition fee increases of 3% in response to a 3% reduction in the provincial operating grant—a 10% reduction over the past three years.

Development committee report

NSCAD’s Office of University Relations has been busy this spring with various special events including the launch of I AM NSCAD on April 18 at Attica Furnishings, Starfish Student Art Awards on May 2 at the Port Campus, Artist for a Day on May 11 at the Port Campus, Graduation on May 18, and the RBC Breakfast on May 22.

Fundraising initiatives for the fall include ROAR, an art auction for NSCAD, on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Port Campus and Dine by Design East, a showcase of interior design and cuisine, set for Oct. 3 to 7 at Olympic Community Hall.