Thompson Rivers University is in the midst of formulating its strategic five-year plan. But it can't accomplish that, says president Alan Shaver, without input from a crucial partner — Kamloops.
"There may be a part where the campus starts and the city ends, but there's no barrier to the people that want to cross that boundary," he said.
Shaver called a press conference on Tuesday to announce the launch of a new online survey attempting to gauge the public's aspirations for the university.
"We're really trying to be a modern university — being part of the community and leading the community in a generation of knowledge and new understanding that benefit the community," he said.
The questionnaire is being posted Wednesday. Participants are asked to choose a limited number of priorities from a list of 14.
This survey will present priorities taken from the existing TRU government mandate and mission statement as well as the last five-year plan and academic plan.
On Oct. 28, TRU will conduct a second survey asking participants to rank the top five priorities.
Despite the strong provincial sway over funding priorities such as the recent emphasis on trades programs, Shaver is confident that residents' input will go a long way to influencing resource allocation.
He also expects that strong citizen involvement will translate into more funding both from the public and private sector.
"The kinds of things that I expect are going to come out of this process are going to lead to interest across the board in investing in TRU."
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Find the survey here.