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Making a donation is a decision that requires careful consideration. The University of Saskatchewan is proud of our mission as an institution that belongs to the people of Saskatchewan. As we become an increasingly global organization, we are proud of our prairie roots and strive to ensure that donors are proud to support our people, our work and our future.
Let us share with you even more reasons to support the University of Saskatchewan.
People from Saskatchewan are often described using similar words and phrases: hard working, determined, resourceful, cooperative and friendly. These words can also be used to describe the U of S.
The University of Saskatchewan follows a tricameral governance structure, which means that it has three governing bodies:
- Senate - responsible for public issues; giving graduates, the community and key stakeholders a voice in university affairs
- Board of Governors – responsible for fiscal issues; administers and manages property, revenues and finances
- University Council – responsible for academic issues; oversees and directs the university’s academic affairs with items ranging from degrees, scholarships and programs to evaluation, academic dishonesty, admission, scheduling and library policy
Officers of the University
The Chancellor is elected by University Senate and holds office for three years. The Chancellor presides over Convocation, confers degrees and is a member and Chair of the Senate and a member of the Board of Governors. The university’s chancellor is Vera Pezer.
Other university officers are appointed by the Board of Governors in accordance with the University of Saskatchewan Act 1995.
The President, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, has general supervision over and direction of the academic work of the university, the teaching staff and student body, and over the business affairs of the university, its officers and employees. The university’s president is R. Peter MacKinnon.
The Vice-President Academic and Provost, the Vice-President Finance and Resources, the Vice-President Advancement, and the Vice-President Research assist the President in carrying out his duties.
Deans of Colleges are chief executive officers of their colleges, having, subject to the authority of the President, general supervision over the direction of the work of the teaching and training of the students in all departments of their colleges.
Heads of Departments have general supervision and direction of the work of their departments, assigning teaching duties to the members following consultation with them in committee.
The University of Saskatchewan uses an integrated planning process to bring together university-level and college/unit-specific initiatives to create four-year plans. The purpose of integrated planning is to align academic priorities with financial and capital resources in order to ensure the responsible use of all resources, especially donated resources. Our Second Integrated Plan, entitled “Toward and Engaged University”, is guiding our work between May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2012.
Why do we plan?
Integrated planning is a way for the campus community to set strategic priorities for the university together and better coordinate the use of resources. We plan in order to better demonstrate our transparency and accountability to our stakeholders, including our donors.
Visit www.usask.ca/reporting to download full versions of the university’s integrated planning documents and progress reports.
The University of Saskatchewan’s six signature areas are fields of outstanding achievement enabled by our research capacity, investments, history and sense of place. They are those areas where our university has in the past had a tremendous impact and where we are best positioned to do so in the future.
The University of Saskatchewan's signature areas are:
- Aboriginal Peoples: Engagement and Scholarship
- Agriculture: Food and Bioproducts for a Sustainable Future
- Energy and Mineral Resources: Technology and Public Policy for a Sustainable Environment
- One Health: Solutions at the Animal-Human-Environment Interface
- Synchrotron Sciences: Innovation in Health, Environment and Advanced Technologies
- Water Security: Stewardship of the World's Freshwater Resources
Visit www.usask.ca/reporting to download full versions of the university’s annual and community reports that demonstrate our impact in our signature areas and beyond.
We can’t achieve our mission without the support of donors like you. Our university belongs to the people of Saskatchewan and as an academic community, our mission is to achieve excellence in the scholarly activities of teaching, discovering, preserving and applying knowledge. Your financial support of these activities has an impact each day on our campus.
The University of Saskatchewan will be a model of scholarly inquiry, a place where all who contribute to its achievements - students, faculty, and staff - can take pride in their commitment to this centre of excellence dedicated to the service of the people of Saskatchewan and Canada.
The University will be a diverse yet integrated institution through which students and scholars interact with national and international colleagues in a broad range of academic activities.
The University will provide leadership by reflecting the demographic realities of the Province in our students, faculty, and staff.
The University's graduates will be adaptable to rapid change and be competitive with their peers around the world.
The University of Saskatchewan will initiate further interdisciplinary approaches to issues facing society.
We look forward to developing additional collaborative relationships with other educational institutions and to extending University programs to the broader community.
We are confident that we will help society become more just, culturally enriched, and prosperous. We recognize that as the needs of Saskatchewan continue to change, creative ways to balance new initiatives with current activities will be required.
The University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907, just two years after the creation of the province, to provide traditional and innovative post-secondary education to the youth of Saskatchewan. Walter Murray, our first president, supported by the people of Saskatchewan, faculty, students, staff, and politicians of both existing parties, developed a university which was guaranteed the independence necessary to function effectively. The university provided a unique blend of liberal, professional, and applied education to prepare its students to help the people of Saskatchewan build an agriculturally based province with the economic and cultural benefits of modern urban society.
One of the ways in which the University of Saskatchewan fulfilled its unique mission was by establishing colleges of Arts and Science and Agriculture on the same campus so each would influence the other. Gradually, various schools and colleges were introduced to provide Saskatchewan with educated professionals. Graduate programs were added as society's needs became more complex. Over time, the university developed affiliations with several colleges and research institutes on or near its campus.
The vision of the early settlers could not have been realized without the financial and moral support of the people of the province and the talents and efforts of faculty, staff, and students. Today, the university continues to provide liberal, artistic, and professional education, enriching the lives of the people of the province. As the province's major research institution, it has made significant contributions to all branches of knowledg:, to agriculture, to health care, to resource development, and to many other segments of Saskatchewan's culture and economy. Its graduates are leaders in all sectors of society within the province, in Canada and beyond. We, the members of the university community, are proud of our heritage. We commit ourselves to assuring its continuity, even as we give contemporary expression to our objectives and activities.
Members of the university community share certain values:
- We value creativity, intellectual curiosity, innovation, critical thinking, and knowledge.
- We value the pursuit of high academic and ethical standards.
- We value the diversity of our university community; the people, their points of view, and the contributions they make to the realization of our mission.
- We value the ideas, continuing interest, and support of the people of Saskatchewan and Canada.
- We value the university as a place of human dignity and fairness.
- We value the freedom and independence to engage in the open pursuit of knowledge.
- We value our campus as a place of inspiration and beauty.
Guided by our values, the University of Saskatchewan community will achieve its mission through these goals:
- To offer a rich array of challenging academic programs.
- To provide intellectual, cultural, social and physical activities that support the development of the individual.
- To provide lifelong learning opportunities to the people of Saskatchewan.
- To obtain appropriate human, financial, informational, and physical resources and to manage them in a fair, efficient, and accountable manner.
- To be accessible on an equitable basis to qualified Saskatchewan residents and, where possible, to others.
- To collaborate with other post-secondary educational institutions and research institutes.
- To build mutually beneficial relationships with other public and private organizations.
- To communicate with our graduates and the people of the Province, and to be open and receptive to their ideas.
- To preserve our university's heritage and to maintain the beauty of our campus.
- To advance employment and education equity through our policies and practices, and, in particular, to address the needs of Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women.
- To ensure that our activities are consistent with environmental responsibility.
- To include a global perspective in our endeavours.
- In fulfilling our mission, we commit ourselves to three independent scholarly activities:
- To practice scholarship in teaching so we can contribute to the expansion of knowledge as one of Canada's respected institutions of education and research.
- To practice scholarship in the integration of knowledge so we can encourage innovative thinking which combines and connects various disciplines.
- To practice scholarship in the application of knowledge so we can serve society through our creativity and expertise.