The Plan identifies strategic themes that will guide the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ planning and priorities for the next seven years. Within each college theme, our strategic objectives and goals directly contribute to the University Plan 202. CGPS aims to elevate our profile and contribute to the significance and value of graduate education at the University of Saskatchewan.
Looking forward to 2025, the CGPS was guided by the University of Saskatchewan’s four principles of sustainability, diversity, connectivity and creativity, and we have challenged ourselves to think beyond the status quo. Our theme: Be Bold, Be Ambitious.
The CGPS plan speaks to the interconnectivity of the campus and its extended community; it speaks to the connections we share and the value and potential of future connections and partnerships. The network of graduate and postdoctoral studies at the University of Saskatchewan is critically woven throughout the fabric of our community.
The guiding principles in the CGPS plan are collegial, progressive, aspirational, and the plan prepares the college to respond to new generations of students.
Postdoctoral Fellows are our institution’s next generation of educators, scholars, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and societal leaders and drive the institution’s research intensity. As non-traditional career paths emerge, CGPS has invested in providing postdocs with opportunities to develop skills outside of the lab. One of these include providing a forum that fosters effective presentation and communication skills through friendly competition mirrored after the internationally recognized Three-minute Thesis competition. Concomitantly, through a collaboration with the Alumni Relations office, the CGPS now provides postdoctoral fellows with Associate Alumni status. This offers huge benefits for postdoctoral fellows who previously worked at USask. Previous postdoctoral fellows may now take advantage of career development services and an array of benefits that would otherwise be available to alumni while also maintaining their USask network access, among other on-campus services.