Integrated Planning

Integrated Planning Calendar

See the attachment Integrated Planning Calendar below

Athabasca University entered its first full cycle of integrated planning in April 2018. Integrated planning has introduced a strong element of openness to the AU’s resource planning process and is central to the successful implementation of Athabasca University’s strategic plan: Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities.

Why integrated planning?

Integrated planning:

  • aligns our institutional priorities with our institutional resources through the establishment of annual institutional planning priorities to ensure resource allocation across the university is consistent with the objectives of Imagine.
  • sets the foundation for assessing and understanding the current and future needs of faculties and administrative units across the institution by providing a comprehensive view of resources and commitments to ensure the alignment of resources with academic priorities.
  • supports Athabasca University’s execution, assessment, and accountability cycle.
  • enables AU leaders, teams and individuals rapidly respond to opportunities and challenges with a lens to continuous improvement through enhanced coordination and use of resources.

Several important documents set the stage for integrated planning at AU.

The Provost’s Paper on Integrated Planning provides an overview of integrated planning and sets the foundation for the first integrated planning cycle.

The Integrated Planning Framework provides a visual representation of AU’s integrated planning framework.

AU’s fiscal planning cycle is outlined in the Integrated Planning Calendar.

AU’s Foundational Plans

In addition to Imagine: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities, the university has identified several Foundational Plans that inform university-wide planning. Guided by the strategic directions within Imagine, these plans cut across university structures and influence annual operational planning at the unit level.

Some of the Foundational Plans listed below will be finalized over the course of the next few months and will be made available accordingly.

AU's 2020-2021 Priorities Portfolio

AU’s foundational plans contribute to a “priorities portfolio” – institutional-level academic and operational priorities that contribute to the manifestation of Imagine. The priorities are responsive to the strategic, academic, and research goals of our institution. Developed annually, the Priorities Portfolio impacts AU’s rolling operational and financial plans as well as performance planning as it is linked to our capital and resource planning. To view AU’s FY 2020-2021 Priorities Portfolio click here.


Assessment is a key pillar of Integrated Planning as it helps us determine whether we are on track or need to make adjustments and course corrections in our planning efforts, both at the strategic and operational levels. The university is currently aligning measurement and assessment activities through a project focused on developing institution‐level KPIs that are central to the objectives of the Imagine Plan. The KPI’s will be used as benchmarks to guide institutional planning through 2022.

Stewardship of Integrated Planning

Administrative Council is the senior academic administrative advisory body responsible for integrated planning and the development of the annual integrated resource plan for approval by Executive Team. The Council is a principal vehicle for communication among the President, Provost, Vice-Presidents, and senior administrators responsible for leadership and stewardship over university operations and affairs.

The Provost’s Integrated Resource Planning Working Team supports the structure of the integrated resource planning process; this includes assisting in the process of resource allocation and reallocation by working closely with Administrative Council. The Working Team advises members of Executive Team and Administrative Council on resource allocation and reallocation matters.

Planning Templates

To assist the integrated resource planning process for FY 2020-2021, please refer to the documents below.


The first year of this planning cycle, 2019-2020, is a transition year. To obtain assistance in the development of unit operational plans, integrated resource plans, or business cases, please contact the Integrated Resource Planning Working Team at