Adapting to the ever evolving world around us.
When we embarked upon this refresh of our Strategic Plan in 2017, we knew stakeholder engagement would be critical to our success. During the process, we consulted with thousands of members of our community. We asked 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.
When we embarked upon this refresh of our Strategic Plan in 2017, we knew stakeholder engagement would be critical to our success.
We met with learners across our campuses and with the BCIT Student Association. We heard from full- and part-time faculty and staff, as well as union partners, through the ThoughtExchange online discussion tool and subsequent workshops and conversations. We engaged with BCIT’s Indigenous leaders. We connected with alumni and donors. And we conducted a survey of over 400 employers in British Columbia, including 300 members of our Program Advisory Committees. Ongoing dialogue with government, industry, and peer partners provided invaluable input. Open town halls at the outset and towards the end of the planning process rounded out our engagement, providing all members of the community with an opportunity to contribute.
Consultations on several initiatives shaping BCIT’s direction also informed our thinking. These included Ed Talks (the genesis of BCIT’s Education Plan), the creation of our Learning and Teaching Framework, the Campus Development Plan, the Inspire fundraising campaign, our rebranding, and the distillation – for the first time – of BCIT’s institutional values.
The industries with whom we work provide the inspiration for the design of this document; the images are also metaphoric of the various components of the plan. For example, the airplane represents both our expertise in transportation and our starting point in embarking upon this plan. The DNA strand reflects our expertise in health, while at the same time symbolizing the systemic focus on people.