We have articulated three Institute priorities through the 2020 review of the Strategic Plan: Agile Learning; Digital Transformation; and Partnership in Provincial Resilience. Each represents a response to the requirements of learners, employees, and industry at this juncture. Each has the capacity to differentiate BCIT—and the Institute has the capacity, indeed the responsibility, to step forward. And each represents not only an opportunity to mitigate immediate risk, but also an opportunity for BCIT to optimally position the Institute for the long term.
The transformational opportunities are fully consistent with the plan; indeed, they are composites, to some extent, of activities that are at least partly underway. Educational innovation, industry engagement, and investment in technology remain at the core of all that we are seeking to achieve, and there are elements of each in all three.
Amplified areas of focus include mental health and remote service delivery to support our learners, as well as training and support for our instructors in new teaching modalities. Well-being and connectedness throughout the BCIT community, dialogue and activity that foster understanding and progress in social justice, and new levels and forms of partnership are also critical. Student experience and affordability are areas of further heightened attention.
Together, these opportunities create an overlay of currency and emphasis to the Strategic Plan. They position and enable the Institute to advance the state of practice in polytechnic education at a time when the world truly needs more BCIT.
These three opportunities represent a new level of ambition at BCIT, one that reflects the role that we believe BCIT can—and must—play as we move forward from 2020.
What sets BCIT apart in the pursuit of all three components are its provincial mandate and strong partnerships with industry and government. These enable BCIT to have impact at scale, connecting its ideas and people with practice and policy across BC. Closer to home, there are benefits for students in flexibility and relevance, and for employees in personal development.
Even before the onset of COVID-19, BCIT was on the path of transformation, guided by the Strategic Plan. These three opportunities channel and accelerate that direction of travel to reflect the unique challenges of this moment in history. They represent a new level of ambition at BCIT, one that reflects the role that we believe BCIT can—and must—play as we move forward from 2020.