Part 1: Lakehead University Mandate Statement
A Comprehensive and Research Intensive University Linked to a Regional Imperative
Established in 1965, Lakehead University offers a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programming in 10 faculties: SocialSciences and Humanities, Science and Environmental Studies, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Medicine, NaturalResources Management, Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Graduate Studies. The Faculty of Law will welcome its charter classto the Thunder Bay campus in the fall of 2013. Lakehead is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine(NOSM) – a joint initiative of Lakehead and Laurentian Universities, which graduated its ﬁrst cohort of 55 doctors in May 2009.Lakehead’s Orillia campus offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in arts and sciences, as well as programs in business,education, social work, and media studies.Lakehead has deliberately developed as a comprehensive university with two campuses in order to provide the necessary breadth,depth, and diversity of program offerings to address inequity in access to higher education in Northwestern Ontario, SimcoeCounty, and surrounding areas. Lakehead’s sustained development in research intensity is central to the creation and translationof knowledge in a comprehensive university and will enhance the capacity of the University to serve the needs of its communities,while contributing to society at large.
Student Access, Mobility, and Pathways
Lakehead is distinctive in the Ontario system with an emphasis on accessibility, commitment to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit(Aboriginal) learners, and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The University has a proven historyof responding to student demand and societal need and has ﬂourished by transforming challenges into rich student experienceslinking learners, programs, and communities.The University will increase participation rates in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County by developing new pathways and usingtechnology to increase access in rural and remote locations. Lakehead University is a provincial leader in college transfer initiativesand is widely known for having pioneered a successful post diploma program in engineering. Seamless and community-drivenhealth education and training programs meet the needs of public health care professionals. As well as increasing articulation withprograms across the college system, new partnerships with Georgian College and Confederation College will leverage existinginfrastructure so that students graduate with both the advanced theoretical education embedded in a university degree andthe applied knowledge and professional training of a high afﬁnity college diploma. Lakehead University is also leading the wayin enhancing educational opportunities for Aboriginal populations. Not only do Aboriginal students present Lakehead with anopportunity for growth, but Lakehead has a nationally-recognized commitment to these students, enshrined in the institution’smission and Academic Plan’s social justice priority. Transfer and collaborative degree completion agreements with partner institutions will broaden student pathways and provide regional, northern, and Aboriginal communities increased access tointegrated degree credentials. Initiatives, such as the newly launched Achievement Fund, are designed to raise the expectations of students, including children and adults who have previously faced barriers to pursuing postsecondary education. Plans for increasedschool outreach, early awareness programming, and the rural telepresence strategy are also under way.
Learner-Centred, Engaged Students and Faculty
Lakehead delivers excellence in teaching and learning, developing professional and technical expertise while continuing toprepare graduates to thrive in a competitive job market. Experiential learning opportunities delivered both on campus and in thecommunity augment student learning with authentic application. Academic and student support services for all learners are acornerstone of the Lakehead experience. With nine Canada Research Chairs, nine research centres, 36 graduate programs, anda doubling of external research funding within the last few years, the University is realizing its goal of becoming among the topresearch-intensive universities in Canada, as highlighted, for example, in Research InfoSource data and The Impact Group’s report(2012) on Canada’s most inventive universities (Appendix 1). Sustained development as a research-intensive university promoteshuman development and advances professional practice through the expansion of knowledge and its applications. The integrationof teaching and research will enhance the vibrancy and growth of the University, enrich both the undergraduate and graduatestudent experience, and drive economic development and community partnerships.
Economic Development and Community Partnerships
Lakehead has strong regional ties and operates as a major economic driver. During the past year, the direct economic impact of theUniversity’s operating budget on Thunder Bay was $327M making the University among the top economic drivers in the region
.The Orillia campus has played a dynamic role in the economic revitalization of North Simcoe County and, during the past year, hada direct economic impact of $21M on the City of Orillia. Lakehead is the founding partner in the Thunder Bay Regional Research
Lakehead University Mandate Submission - 1
Lakehead University Financial Statements 2012 - operating expenditures using a multiplier effect of 2.14%