Mission, Vision & Goals

International excellence in research and education in Information.

The Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto is a research-led Faculty, educating the next generation of professional and academic leaders in Information, who join us in transforming society through collaboration, innovation, and knowledge creation.

Vision

International excellence in research and education in Information.

Mission

The Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto is a research-led Faculty, educating the next generation of professional and academic leaders in Information, who join us in transforming society through collaboration, innovation, and knowledge creation.

Goals

  1. To maintain world leadership in innovative scholarship
    • By establishing and executing a research agenda that reflects coherent and collaborative iSchool leadership in Information research
    • By acquiring external funding for iSchool research and international research partnerships
    • By managing effective knowledge transfer of iSchool research
  2. To gain international renown for life-long, enquiry-centred education
    • By observing that the iSchool’s teaching, in all its forms, is affecting teaching and learning practices in Information education generally
    • By producing graduates who have knowledge and values appropriate to their future exercise of economic, cultural, and/or social leadership
    • By creating a life-long educational continuum that incorporates programs at the undergraduate, professional master’s, academic master’s, and doctoral levels, with associated professional and executive development capabilities
    • By exploring distributed education program opportunities in Information
  3. To contribute to shaping the social space of Information in Toronto, in Ontario, in Canada, and internationally
    • By being catalyst, conduit, and advocate, linking leading research in Information and innovations in professional and institutional practice, to practice changes in Information institutions and in the shaping of public policy
    • By raising public awareness of Information and advocating for Information issues
    • By enabling the life-long intellectual growth of our graduates, supporting them as they participate in shaping the Information society
  4. To foster initiatives that support sustainable social and economic development at local, regional, provincial and national levels
    • By promoting awareness and recognition of the sectors in which the iSchool’s graduates work and how their actions support prosperity development
    • By educating graduates capable of facilitating innovation in the Information economy and society
    • By fostering, where appropriate, the take-up of research (e.g. new Information methods and processes) that generate wealth
    • By creating consultancy, partnership, and service initiatives to enable iSchool outreach
  5. To nurture an enriching environment in which to study, research, and work
    • By fostering an environment that encourages and supports innovation, creativity, and opportunity at all iSchool levels, from students to leading researchers
    • By providing superior support for faculty, staff, and students alike
    • By creating teaching, learning, research, and communication spaces appropriate to our mission and goals

 

Strategic plan 2012-17