Notwithstanding the operational, program delivery and student learning related implications that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, growth and expansion of VPC’s international institutional presence and programming remain high priority objectives in its 5-year strategic plan. Accordingly, VPC’s leadership teams have taken up the challenge of envisioning the next 5-years through the development of four strategic directions that position VPC to flourish. These strategic directions create an opportunity for VPC to establish its unique academic program niche, reputation and identity and to ensure a sustainable and vibrant future amid numerous existing and emerging challenges in the higher education sector.
During the 2019–20 academic year, VPC invited its campus community to share its vision for VPC and to participate in the development of governance, academic and operational policies which included setting a new strategic direction and positioning of VPC given its institutional expansion and new academic programs. Participants included Registrar, operations, admissions, marketing, instructors and student services, budgeting and finance. The policies were developed during the 2019–20 academic year in consideration of its new direction and with extensive input from administrators, instructors, staff and students through a number of self-study workshops, small-group and one-on-one policy meetings. After incorporating the input received through the development process and in light of COVID-19, VPC’s Management Committee is reviewing its strategic directions and related policies for submission to VPC’s Board of Directors.
Vancouver Premier College is a group of affiliated colleges where arts, science, business, management, general studies, professional, industry training and vocational programs have been designed to complement each other. VPC prepares students for a lifetime of critical thinking and strong leadership enabled through personal awareness and integrity. VPC enables students to interact daily with instructors who exemplify a passion for learning and a dedication to teaching. VPC fosters a supportive, inclusive, multicultural environment in which students are encouraged to engage and interact with different cultures and diverse perspectives. VPC seeks to educate students to become ethical, successful and valued citizens in an increasingly complex and interconnected global society.
VPC 2025 identifies four strategic directions which embody its Vision and Mission outlined above. The first strategic Direction involves expanding and cultivating academic excellence across all program areas. The second strategic direction involves building and sustaining a diverse community in which all students, instructors and staff experience a sense of belonging supported by a foundation of inclusion, equity and access. The third strategic direction involves designing an unparalleled student experience for VPC students. The fourth strategic direction involves creating a sustainable future through the responsible stewardship of VPC’s resources. In order to operationalize VPC’s strategic directions post COVID-19, confirmation and prioritization of the proposed strategic directions based on the VPC’s new Vision and Mission will be undertaken by the VPC Board of Directors, employees and invited stakeholders in 2021.