Learning for Life: Thorneloe University launches Strategic Plan

September 21, 2017

The 2017-2018 academic year marks the launch of Thorneloe University’s new Strategic Plan. The five-year plan focuses on five priorities developed with input from current and former students, staff, faculty, alumni, Board members and community partners.

“Thorneloe University would like to thank everyone who contributed to the strategic planning process by participating in focus groups and online surveys,” said President Dr. Robert Derrenbacker. “The Strategic Plan is an important document that reflects our collective voice and vision. It will guide decision-making as we grow and prosper.”

Thorneloe University is committed to strengthen academic programs; enhance visibility and increase enrolment in academic programs; revitalize spaces for living, learning and working; foster well-being and honour diversity, inclusion and respect; and govern with excellence.

Students will continue to enjoy exceptional programs in quality facilities. Faculty and staff will continue to be supported in their delivery of higher learning.

Thorneloe will achieve its vision of inspiring transformation through education and its mission of fostering learning for life by nurturing critical thinkers and good citizens through the pursuit of the arts and humanities, with six core values – academic freedom, creativity, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, personal wellness, and the common good.

“Laurentian is one of the most dynamic universities in Ontario, and Thorneloe is an integral part of the Laurentian experience,“ says Dr. Derrenbacker. “At Thorneloe, students enjoy a smaller setting where professors and staff know them by name. Our graduates obtain a degree granted by Laurentian while experiencing a home-away-from-home learning environment.” He added: “Our Strategic Plan will provide focus as we build on our successes, while remaining responsive and relevant.”

Many sectors, from business to engineering, recognize the value of liberal arts in developing well-rounded individuals who can think creatively, work in a team, communicate effectively, and solve problems. Students are gaining essential skills for careers, for learning, and for life.

Thorneloe University has offered academic programming in the humanities for more than 50 years. As a founding member of the Laurentian University Federation, on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Thorneloe is home to the departments of Ancient Studies, Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, Religious Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well as the Thorneloe University School of Theology.

For more information about Thorneloe University and its Strategic Plan, visit


Media contact:
Dr. Robert Derrenbacker, President
705-673-1730 x101

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