Message from the Dean, Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore – April 2021

I trust this Dean’s Message and the April edition of SpeakingBiz finds you all well and safe. As I read through this edition of our community newsletter, and reflected on the last year, I was once again reminded of the strength, resilience and capability of our community.  

As has been shared during coffee chats, our PSB community meetings and in our newsletter, the past year has been filled with uncertainty, challenges and loss. It has also been filled with tremendous learning, re-learning, ingenuity and imagination.

Despite living, learning, responding and working through the shifting landscape of the pandemic, our PSB community has demonstrated that you have the capacity to shift and pivot where and when necessary while simultaneously remaining focused on operationalizing our academic plan. Henry Ford once said, “you can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Each day, colleagues, you continue to build our PSB reputation by demonstrating what we can do. 

In reviewing our key action items for year one of our academic plan, many of which were considered longitudinal in nature and to be carried forward into year two, we have managed to deliver on a majority of them. A few key milestones include (but are not limited to):

  • Remote conversion and facilitation of remote learning for all courses across all programs over three semesters. 
  • A new research partnership with the Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN) aimed to identify the needs of Black entrepreneurs and develop meaningful recommendations and resources to build their business capacity.
  • A new pathways partnership for learners to pursue a Master’s degree with Niagara University.
  • A new student exchange agreement with LaSalle-University Ramon Llull of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Building and fostering community engagement and learning via the 1 PSB virtual community and efforts of our conversion guides.
  • Successfully piloted a COIL (collaborative online international learning) project in one course, and identified several additional opportunities.
  • Identified and began exploration/development of several alternative credential opportunities.
  • Prepared and submitted several research grant applications, with recent news of a successful award of the Shock-Proofing the Future of Work research grant.
  • Successfully completed several program reviews, including the consent renewal of all five BBA programs.
  • In partnership with our Student Affairs colleagues, co-created a purposefully scaffolded and integrated virtual transition to post-secondary learning and first-year experience.
  • In partnership with FAAD and our colleagues with WIL, facilitated several unique and successful virtual internship projects.
  • And so many more…

Among the many success stories, some of the most rewarding and inspiring are those of our learners continuing to have transformative and exceptional learning experiences in their classes and as part of their co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (made possible by your commitment and dedication to our learners). This edition of SpeakingBiz highlights an excellent sample of such experiences in the Student Engagement section.

As the Winter term comes to a close and we prepare for Spring/Summer and continue to plan for Fall, I extend my deepest gratitude to all for your continued hard work, efforts and dedication.

Please continue to share your stories. We are committed to supporting our collective work, learning and community-building by providing up-to-date news and resources.

As always please feel free to reach out to me via email at anneliisa.longmore@sheridancollege, or one of your associate deans/managers, should you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.

Please stay safe and stay well. 

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