BCIT is located on the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. BCIT has been educating and inspiring students for over half a century on their traditional lands and for that, we are grateful. We acknowledge that the relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada has been troubled and must be reconciled; we are deeply committed to working with our partners to address these issues.
Times of inflection are also times for reflection. Crises create opportunity. Our efforts in the next months and years will be propelled further by the pursuit of three priorities: Agile Learning, Digital Transformation, and Partnership in Provincial Resilience.
Responding to the Challenges of 2020
The world is at a critical inflection point. As a result of COVID-19, we are experiencing a dramatic acceleration of existing trends. Specific to post-secondary education, learner demand is shifting because of physical restrictions and the state of the economy. Our task in reviewing the Strategic Plan was to ensure that BCIT leverages its differentiating strengths and its momentum to address the new and shifting requirements.
BCIT has tremendous strength
Our previous Strategic Plan, established in 2014, asserted that, “The world needs more BCIT.” Under this plan, we advanced the quality of our education and recognition of our credentials. We took steps to internationalize our student body and improve employee engagement, and we created a framework for the development of the Burnaby campus. We have a solid foundation from which to build.
Stakeholder engagement has been critical to the success of our Strategic Plan refresh. We consulted with thousands of members of our community, asking them what differentiates the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and what BCIT needs to do to capture opportunities, address current barriers and deficits, and adapt as the world around us evolves.
Renewed vision and values
We have refreshed the foundation of our strategy to reflect the shifting landscape and to reinforce our points of difference in a complex and demanding world. We are also challenging ourselves to be more ambitious, more purposeful, and more integrated.Read about our Vision & Values
Our Commitments and Strategic Initiatives
We have articulated three commitments that represent our primary areas of activity and our accountability to BCIT’s primary stakeholders: our learners, our faculty and staff, and our partners. We are intent on being a people-focused organization that delivers future-proof applied education, amplifying our impact through globally relevant connections. These create the structure of our Strategic Plan.
Future-proof Applied Education
Globally Relevant Connections
Opportunities for transformation
We have articulated three Institute priorities through the 2020 review of the Strategic Plan. Each represents a response to the requirements of learners, employees, and industry. Each has the capacity to differentiate BCIT. And each represents an opportunity to both mitigate risk and to position the Institute for the long term.Read more about our plan for transformation
We will annually develop a Strategic Implementation Plan that derives from this Strategic Plan, translating the initiatives into a set of coordinated actions and jointly agreed deliverables. We will regularly evaluate our performance in achieving these milestones.