Vision, Mission and Mandate

Vision, mission and mandate

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

Purpose

We empower a better Saskatchewan.

This is why we exist, and the foundation upon which everything we do is built. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the driving force that empowers and strengthens our province in everything we do. We encourage an economically and socially stronger, more informed and better-prepared Saskatchewan. We realize opportunities for individuals (learners, staff, faculty, employers) and the collective—Saskatchewan at large. And through our leadership position in Saskatchewan, we establish our reputation nationally and around the world. We have an ultimate reason for being, which inspires not only our vision and mission, but hopefully everyone that connects with Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

Vision

To lead the rise of polytechnic education. 

Our vision defines where we want the strategic plan to take us. As we look forward to this new decade, applied education has never been more critical to our collective success, at home and around the world. Our leadership position comes from a drive to define the reputation of polytechnic education in Canada and establish its role in building a better future.

Mission

Inspire success in every learning journey. 

Our mission establishes how we will achieve our vision. Saskatchewan Polytechnic is passionate about creating an environment where lifelong learners gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve and succeed at work, in their communities and in life. We know that by empowering learners to realize their aspirations throughout their learning journey, we are building a better Saskatchewan and a better world.

Values

Respect

We support every learning journey, whether for our students, colleagues or industry partners. And so we show our care for one another and our workplace. We foster an open and inclusive environment that embraces diverse cultures, heritages and opinions. We honour, learn from, work with and support each other as one team.

Integrity

We are leaders in the global polytechnic community, and as such we are honest and fair in all we do. We are committed to being accountable and transparent. We are truthful with one another. We hold ourselves to high standards of ethical behaviour and take responsibility for our actions.

Sustainability

We aim to empower a better future by leading the rise of polytechnic education. Therefore, we work, live and learn in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We support the health, safety and overall well-being of our learners, employees and partners. We are conscientious stewards of our resources and continuously look for entrepreneurial and creative ways to strengthen and improve our institution.

Excellence

We aim to inspire success in every learning journey, which in turn inspires each of us to go above and beyond expectations to achieve the highest levels of quality—in our teaching, our programming, our learning and our services. We are able to do this by maintaining high standards, strong competencies, committed partnerships and by being responsive and accessible.

Mandate

As stated in Section 4 of The Saskatchewan Polytechnic Act (pdf), Saskatchewan Polytechnic may provide:

  1. courses and programs of study, instruction or training, and related services, in academic, scientific, trade, technical, technological and vocational fields of education;
  2. subject to The Degree Authorization Act, university programs, by agreement and on the basis agreed to with any university within or outside Saskatchewan; 
  3. courses or programs of instruction or training that have been determined to be required with respect to a trade pursuant to The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Act, 1999
  4. courses, programs and seminars of a continuing education nature; 
  5. credit programs through a regional college as defined in The Regional Colleges Act
  6. student services, career counselling, adult basic education, language training, literacy programming, and newcomer integration services; 
  7. training  and  services,  including  applied  research,  to  governments, corporations, persons or other bodies with respect to courses, programs and related services that the  polytechnic provides or expertise or facilities it possesses, on any terms that the polytechnic considers appropriate; 
  8. services to encourage and support scholarly activity related to programs of study provided by the polytechnic; 
  9. any other post-secondary education and training-related functions or activities that may be prescribed in the regulations (pdf).