York University has an established history of partnership and collaboration with local, regional and international communities and a broad range of engagement activities that include knowledge mobilization, community-based research, initiatives to support access to post-secondary education, inter-institutional academic partnerships, and more. The release of the University’s White Paper, Building a More Engaged University: Strategic Directions for York University 2010-2020 re-affirmed York’s strengths by positioning engagement as a unifying theme for the University and set forth a bold vision for York as a leading engaged university. With a strong foundation in liberal arts and professional studies education and unparalleled capacity for fostering interdisciplinary research and learning, York has been at the forefront of educating students who bring creativity, innovation and a deep sense of social/civic responsibility to tackling the social, cultural, scientific and economic challenges of an ever-changing world.
The long-term aspirations of York as an engaged university include the integration of community engagement across all areas of scholarship – teaching, research and service. We envision and define the University’s success in this endeavor by its ability to develop accessible and flexible lifelong learning pathways for a diverse student body; deliver high quality academic programs incorporating innovative approaches to teaching and learning; provide a student experience that equips our students for successful careers and active participation in civic society; and mobilize knowledge to address complex social problems and support strong, vibrant communities.