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We all see things differently.

Some see with their eyes, while others with their hearts, minds and spirits. At TRU we celebrate this. We strive toward being a university where everyone views the world respectfully and holistically. We believe that our differences, when brought together in a purposeful, empowering, collaborative and open way, can create a shared vision that is more powerful than the sum of its parts.

This idea is depicted in the symbolic medicine wheel of many diverse Indigenous nations. While the wheel has four quadrants, each is equal and aligns with the others and a greater purpose. Locally, this concept is reflected in the four values of the Secwepemc nation Kweseltnews: the value of relationships; Knuwetsut.s: the value of individual strength and responsibility; Etsxe: the value of knowing your gifts; and Mellelc: the value of renewal. The quadrants powerfully interact with balance and harmony to create transformation.

Bringing a new vision into focus at TRU means valuing our individual strengths and sense of responsibility as well as valuing our relationships with each other and the communities we serve. It means recognizing the unique gifts TRU offers, and honouring this process of renewal so that together, we can advance toward 2030, better prepared than ever, to achieve our greatest potential — students, faculty and staff alike.

Join the journey and be a part of creating TRU’s priorities and vision for the next 10 years. There are several ways to participate and be heard.


The process started March 1, 2019 and will wrap up by April 30, 2020. It includes five partially overlapping phases:

Input on broad topics

March 1 to July 1, 2019

Input on focused topics

May 1 to Sept. 30, 2019

Input on top themes

Aug. 1 to Dec. 16, 2019

Input on draft priorities and key elements of vision

Jan. 15 to Feb. 17, 2020

Launch of final priorities and new vision

March 27 to April 30, 2020

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A new vision will set priorities for the next 10 years.

TRU’s current strategic priorities were developed to guide the university’s operations from 2014 to 2019. With these priorities coming to a close at the end of 2019, a new set of priorities is needed but, in addition—as President Brett Fairbairn heard from many faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters and Board members—a new vision is needed for TRU. In response, President Fairbairn is leading a process to develop an inspiring and aspirational new vision for TRU that reflects the university’s unique value propositions and that will be the “north star” for new priorities set for the next 10 years.

The process is open and transparent

At the start, we will ask our community to weigh in on broader topics. Based on their responses, we will extract themes that surface, and invite them to respond to and discuss deeper and more focused questions—both individually and in groups, in-person and online, in small groups and in larger gatherings.

The medicine wheel symbol supports the guiding principles of inclusion and balance

It has four quadrants, each is equal and aligns with the others and a greater purpose. Locally, this concept is reflected in the four values of the Secwépemc nation Kweseltnews: the value of relationships; Knuwetsut.s: the value of individual strength and responsibility; Etsxe: the value of knowing your gifts; and Mellelc: the value of renewal. The quadrants powerfully interact with balance and harmony to create transformation.

This symbol was chosen in consultation with TRU's Indigenous leadership and is a familiar concept in many Indigenous cultures. Since TRU serves individuals and communities within our region and far beyond, its integration supports the guiding principle of inclusion. We integrated the four specific values of the Secwépemc Nation in our introduction, supporting the guiding principle of balance.

TRU is not changing its mission

TRU’s mission articulates our inherent purpose as a university that will remain in place despite the internal and external changes that make it necessary to revisit our priorities and vision from time to time. However, the new vision will reinforce and enhance TRU’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

We want a lot of people to take part

It’s important to have as much input into this process as possible, from the broader community and from our students, faculty and staff to ensure the vision we arrive at reflects our hopes and aspirations for TRU.

Topics are set according to emerging themes

Major themes that emerge from each Envision TRU question will influence subsequent questions as well as small group discussions that provide an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic.

You can take part in a small group discussion

Check the Envision TRU site and watch for Participant Callouts in upcoming small group discussions, which will be scheduled on an ongoing basis throughout the Envision TRU consultation period. You can sign up as soon as the Participant Callout is issued.

The Envision TRU Advisors Network

The Advisors Network is a community where each person represents a unique area of interest, experience or ability. For example, faculty or staff members could join the Advisors Network to provide insight related to their specialized areas of scholarship, research or professional knowledge. Similarly, members of various diversity groups, such as international, local or Indigenous students and faculty, staff or community members, could also offer insights based on their particular lived experiences. Setting up an ever-expanding Advisors Network gives President Fairbairn the opportunity to contact individuals or groups within the network from time to time, to seek out their advice and insight on major themes that emerge during the visioning process. Unlike an advisory committee, where the same group of individuals is consulted on all topics, different individuals or groups may be called upon for different topics, as needed.

The Envision TRU Learning Experience for students

As part of the Envision TRU process, we will seek to create and offer opportunities for learning that are relevant to students’ study areas. This may look like participation in or observation of small discussion groups on specific themes, "shadowing" members of TRU departments involved in designing, co-ordinating or analyzing results from the Envision TRU consultation process, or speaking directly with members of the president’s resource group about their areas of expertise. As they arise, we will communicate opportunities to students.

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Our Legislated Mandate | Thompson Rivers University Act

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2014-2019 TRU Strategic Priorities

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NWCCU Accreditation documents

Institutional accreditation provides a framework for ongoing evaluation and self-analysis that ensures that the policies, procedures and practices of an institution are consistent with its claims and with accepted standards of quality. It serves as an important means of assuring the quality of higher education through rigorous peer-review and evaluation.

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Campus Master Plan

The role of the Campus Master Plan is is to provide the coordinating strategy and context for learning and teaching. It represents a framework for the process of change so that the whole will always be more than the sum of its parts

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Mission Statement

"TRU is a comprehensive, learner-centred, environmentally responsible institution that serves its regional, national, and international learners and their communities through high quality and flexible education, training, research and scholarship."

Brand Model

The TRU brand is a collective effort to better reflect who we are and all that we stand for. It consists of the characteristics that those who know us well—and those who don't—use to describe us. Our brand is an expression of TRU’s unique personality. Our history. Our identity, in the minds and hearts of all those we serve and the world at large.

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Strategic Research Plan

Our official Strategic Research Plan serves as a blueprint for research at TRU. It identifies the five key areas of collaborative excellence and emerging strength, all of which reflect the university's overall research strengths:

  • Education, health and diversity
  • Community and cultural engagement
  • Sustainability, environment and the physical world
  • Aboriginal understanding
  • Technology and optimization
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Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan

This plan includes more than 130 recommended strategies across four key focus areas: Operations and Planning, Advocacy and Engagement, Learning, and Administration. It is intended to provide a framework for each TRU department and operational unit to incorporate sustainability initiatives into their own planning processes.

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Guiding Principles

The Envision TRU process aims to be:

  • Transparent

    All comments posted on Thoughtexchange are accessible to anyone visiting the public Envision TRU website. Therefore, we ask that comments are always respectful, whether positive, negative or neutral. Website visitors can also read the results of each Thoughtexchange session, small group discussion or large group gathering within 3 working days.

  • Inclusive

    From our home in BC’s Interior TRU serves students on campus and online across BC, Canada, and the planet—and we want to hear from all of these regions. We’ll provide different ways to participate so people can pick whatever they’re most comfortable with. To maximize the diversity of each participant group we’ll also invite you to share information about who you are, from details of your connection to TRU to whether you represent one or more of Canada’s diversity groups.

  • Shared Learning

    To learn what people think and imagine about TRU we will start by asking broader questions. Based on the key themes within the responses, we’ll then move to deeper and more focused questions. We’ll also act on opportunities to foster student learning, whenever and wherever possible.

  • Authentic

    To build an inspiring vision of where TRU needs to go, we’ll first need honest input on what we do well (and could do better) from anyone connected to or curious about TRU. Whether you participate online, in person or both, we’re committed to making your experience easy, interactive, and meaningful.

  • Balanced

    Throughout this process we will focus inward as well as outward. We will seek input and insights from our own students, faculty and staff but also look at data and external views—and identify directions that have practical, positive impact in the lives of students as well as external communities.

  • Efficient

    The Envision TRU website is the digital hub to learn about and sign up for upcoming discussions, read past results, review reference materials and check timelines. In keeping with our sustainability commitments this will minimize printing as well aa the need for multiple in-person meetings. Within 3 days of every online or in-person consultation, results will be posted to the site. The entire process will be completed within 12-14 months.