Community input shapes UBC vision

Several hundred members of the university community gathered at the Chan Centre May 22 to voice their opinions on the draft green paper that outlines UBC's vision for the 21st century.

This was the second forum held at the Chan Centre this year to collect comments on the green paper.

Issues raised at the forum ranged from wages and class size to staffing levels, transportation and the need to value the contributions of staff members and sessional lecturers.

"This vision is not my vision, it has to be our vision," said UBC President Martha Piper. "The problems you've raised today are real, but they also offer incredible opportunities. I challenge us to get it right, and I'm certain we will."

The green paper, which lists strategies for meeting five major goals, was developed following extensive consultation with members of the university community, UBC alumni and the public.

Input has also been received from the Community Advisory Council, comprising representatives of government, business, labor and cultural groups.

As well, Piper traveled throughout the province seeking input from representatives of the provincial and municipal governments, the presidents of post-secondary institutions, business leaders, high school students and UBC alumni.

Last-minute comments and suggestions on the green paper are still welcome until mid-June. At that time work will begin on the final draft of the vision statement, which will go to the university Senate and Board of Governors for approval in September and October.

Copies of the green paper are available at the President's Office and on the World Wide Web at