Sheridan Journey: A Vision for Sheridan


Over our 50 year history, Sheridan has continued to evolve and grow to meet the changing needs of Ontario's post-secondary students. Continuing with this evolution, we have a Vision for Sheridan that will build on our current diploma and degree programs with the goal of evolving into a unique undergraduate university.

Sheridan Journey

Mission

To review the role that applied research might play in Sheridan’s transformation to a university.

Objectives

The strategic discussion looks at:

  • Curriculum and transcript processes which integrate research activity by students into curricula and acknowledge it on transcripts
  • Best practices for knowledge transfer through community partners and through scholarly frameworks
  • Considerations of how the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning would support an applied research strategy within the larger Sheridan strategy
  • Terms of Reference for the proposed Academic Council Applied Research Committee and its subcommittees of SAC (now Senate)
  • Gaps in existing Applied Research related policy documents
  • Development and definition of a research culture through various communication and support mechanisms

Recommendations

  • Continue to review examples of applied research within institutions known as teaching universities in Canada and abroad where those institutions have already or would likely meet AUCC requirements for membership
  • Strengthen the definition of applied research at Sheridan to link it more clearly with the Conference Board definition and with policy initiatives at Provincial and Federal levels
  • Formally recognize the current funding gap and the limitations that it places upon the development of applied research at Sheridan along traditional university basis research lines
  • Develop a Sheridan Research Strategy that will work within a definition of Applied Research and the fiscal limitations while preparing us for a larger commitment to applied research within a professional university
  • Within the Sheridan Senate framework and working in partnership with NILES and the Faculties develop formally recognized pilot projects to integrate research projects into program curricula
  • Within the Sheridan Senate framework and working in partnership with NILES and the Faculties develop formally recognized program review processes to assess the integration of applied research projects into program curricula
  • Integrate the efforts of NILES to “research” and “review” the state of curriculum integration of applied research with that of the Faculties and the Office of Applied Research and Innovation to extend the Sheridan record of current research efforts within programs/courses
  • Recognize the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) undertaken by NILES as part of Quality Assurance but also as a part of the Institutional Research needed to support strategic planning in Applied Research
  • Adopt the recommended Sheridan Senate and LAC Applied Research Subcommittee structure while also recognizing the independent status of the Research Ethics Board
  • Through the Senate Applied Research Committee and Academic Policy Committee, revise the policy framework to properly represent the necessary regulatory framework within which applied research can flourish (i.e. Academic Freedom and IP)
  • Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Research and Innovation in relation to the Faculties in developing and propagating applied research
  • Strengthen the role of applied research within Sheridan by enhancing communication via media such as links to the main web page at Sheridan, creating an internal and external applied research portal, etc.

Engagement Teams