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    Comprehensive Institutional Plan 2011-14 M a y 2 0 1 1

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    Table of Contents 1. Executive Summary 1 2. Accountability Statement 2 3. Institutional Context 3 Mandate 3 Vision Statement 3 Mission Statement 3 Core Values 3 Institutional Ends 4 4. Plan Development 5 5. Environmental Scan 6 Significant Challenges and Opportunities 6 Alberta Policy Environment 8 Alignment with Advanced Education and Technology's Business Plan 9 6. Goals, Priority Initiatives, and Expected Outcomes 9 Goal 1 - Build Enrolment 9 Goal 2 - Enhance Student Experience 10 Goal 3 - Develop Institutional Resources 11 Access 13 Research 15 7. Financial and Budget Information 16 Revenues 17 Expenses 18 Advancement Initiatives 19 Cash Flow Budget For 2012 20 Tuition Projections 20 8. Resource Implications 21 Access and Quality 21 Information Technology 21 Capital Projects 21 9. Appendix 22 Explanation of Performance Measures 22

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    List of Tables and Figures Tables Table 1: Full-Time Undergraduate Retention Rates, 2006-10 6 Table 2: New Student Enrolment, 2006-10 6 Table 3: Enrolment Goals to 2014-15 14 Table 4: 2010 Budget and Two Year Budget Forecasts 16 Table 5: Budgeted Cash Flows, 2012 20 Table 6: Tuition and Fees, 2011 - 2014 20 Figures Figure 1: Revenue Sources 17 Figure 2: Uses of Funds 18

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    1. Executive Summary Institutional Context Ambrose University College came into being in 2007 as an affiliation of Alliance University College and Nazarene University College. This collaboration, which led to full integration, has resulted in a stronger institution with greater potential for service to the province and to our constituency. The move to a new campus in 2008 and the completion of our initial program platform in the fall of 2010, positions Ambrose for a new era of enrolment growth. The key challenge addressed in this Comprehensive Institutional Plan will be achieving the recruitment and retention goals the new campus and new program platform make possible. A challenge related to enrolment goals is the need to increase recognition of Ambrose as a quality advanced education option in our primary market in southern Alberta and our national constituency. Both wider recognition and recruitment success will be based on careful attention to program quality and student engagement. Goals, Strategies, and Expected Outcomes To maximize the opportunities and to address the challenges identified in this plan the following three goals will be the focus of institutional energies over the next four years. 1. Build Enrolment - Facility and program capacity is in place, the opportunity is now to fill it. 2. Enhance Student Experience - New campus and new programs present the opportunity to enhance student learning and enrich student life. 3. Develop Institutional Resources - Institutional resources further developed to ensure organizational quality and effectiveness. Financial / Budget Information Ambrose presents a small surplus in the 2011-12 budget and this holds true for the next two years. accessibility: Enrolment Plan The Ambrose Master Academic Plan will increase access in key programs by 320 FLE between 2008-09 and 2014-15. Capital Project A new Residence and Education Center will open in August 2011. This building will provide residence space for 96 students, as well as additional recreation and lounge space. The Education program will be located here along with three additional classrooms and three seminar rooms. Tuition Projections Tuition fees and residence costs are projected to increase by 3-4% annually over the next three years. The meal plan will increase by 2% annually. Other mandatory fees are frozen and will remain unchanged through this period. 1

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    2 2. Accountability Statement May 30, 2011 Minister This Comprehensive Institutional Plan was prepared under the Board's direction in accordance with legislation and associated ministerial guidelines, and in consideration of all policy decisions and material, economic, or fiscal implications of which the Board is aware. Original Signed By Alex Baum Chair Board of Governors

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    3. Institutional Context Ambrose University College is an independent university college affiliated with The Christian and Missionary Alliance and the Church of the Nazarene denominations. Ambrose provides 3- and 4-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees and a two-year Bachelor of Education (after degree) Elementary approved by the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. Ambrose also offers a range of professional divinity degrees and diplomas through its Faculty of Theology. Located in Calgary, Alberta, the Ambrose campus is in the heart of an ethnically diverse city of more than one million people. Despite recent economic challenges, southern Alberta continues to grow and offers a promising future to current residents and newcomers alike. Ambrose is the result of the 2007 integration of Alliance University College and Nazarene University College. This brought together two institutions with long records of educational service to their denominational constituencies to provide new and stronger academic programming to a broader public. In August 2008, Ambrose moved to its new 40 acre campus in southwest Calgary with capacity to accommodate 1,000 students in its growing program offerings. This Comprehensive Institutional Plan builds on the achievements of the last several years to maximize the value of the new campus for program delivery and student experience. Ambrose seeks to provide Albertans and a national and international constituency with quality Christian post-secondary education that complements and supports other institutions of higher education in the province. Further, Ambrose endeavours to support the directions and initiatives set out by the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. Mandate As an independent academic institution, Ambrose does not have a mandate statement approved by the Minister. Ambrose functions within the Roles and Mandates Policy Framework (2007) defined as follows: Independent Academic Institutions will provide primarily liberal arts, science, and education baccalaureate programs. They may offer graduate programming in niche areas where demand warrants, and in areas that do not duplicate existing graduate program offerings. Applied research and scholarly research activity may be conducted as a basis to enhance the instructional mandate of these institutions within degree program disciplines. Vision Statement Ambrose University College will be a vibrant institution of exemplary quality, committed to the integration of Christian faith and principles, and widely recognized and acclaimed for its pursuit of truth and its redemptive impact on Church and society. Mission Statement Ambrose seeks to glorify God as a Christian learning community committed to the education and formation of men and women for service. Core Values Ambrose subscribes to Biblical values as evidenced by our emphasis on the following: Faith in action: Seek to live lives devoted to serving Christ and pursuing His will with bold confidence in His sovereign power and purposes. Holiness: Committed to the pursuit of a personal and corporate lifestyle that is worthy of the holiness of God and made possible by His indwelling Spirit who supernaturally empowers and gifts His people. 3

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    4 Community: Believe spiritual, personal, and academic development is best accomplished within the context of an hospitable, Biblically based, Christian community that together worships and glorifies God. Service: Provide humble and compassionate service to people in Christ's name. In response to the love of God, our commitment to serve is the orienting principle of our institution, and is reflected in our service to our founding denominations in keeping with the high value we place on our heritage and connectedness. Excellence: Pursue and demonstrate best practices and act with excellence in all that we do. Our efforts will evidence love, wisdom, thoughtfulness, knowledge, scholarship and skill. accountability: Embrace the Biblical stewardship of life and resources. This keeps us focused on our mission celebrating the competence, contributions, and accomplishments of the students who work, study, and live with integrity. Institutional Ends Ambrose University College integrates Christ-centered living, dynamic learning, and vibrant faith by embracing the following specific institutional ends: 1. affordability and Quality Ambrose provides affordable and accredited student learning. 2. academic achievement Ambrose is recognized as a leader in Christian higher education whose graduates demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for competent and sustained service to church and society. 3. Spiritual Development Ambrose is a vibrant Christian community whose governors, faculty, staff, and students demonstrate growing spiritual maturity. 4. Constituency Partnership Ambrose serves the missional aspirations of its founding denominations and partners/stakeholders. 5. Stewardship Ambrose is a trustworthy steward of its resources. 6. Integration of Core Values The Ambrose community is known for and characterized by its embodiment and integration of its core values

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    4. Plan Development This Comprehensive Institutional Plan integrates a number of internal planning processes and external consultations. Internal planning begins with administrative units evaluating current performance and strategizing for ongoing improvement. This plan is informed by the Master Academic Plan and planning processes in Information Technology, Enrolment Management, Advancement, and Student Development. These plans are subject to consideration in the Budget Planning process at the cabinet level. The Academic Planning Committee, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Faculty of Theology and the General Faculties Council have considered key elements of the plan. Externally, the plan is informed by ongoing consultation and discussions with the Presidents and Vice President Academics of the other Independent Academic Institutions, and participation of the President and Board Chair with the Campus Alberta Strategic Directions Committee. All planning conforms to the policies and procedures of the Campus Alberta Quality Council, the Association of Theological Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Development of this plan was greatly assisted by an onsite visit and consultation with officials of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology on December 9, 2010. 5

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    6 5. Environmental Scan Significant Challenges and Opportunities Investment in Capacity A number of the current challenges and opportunities that face Ambrose arise from our investment in program and facility capacity over the last five years. In 2008, we moved into a new campus with facilities to accommodate 1,000 students allowing for enrolment growth and an enriched student experience. This has been necessary at the early stage of our development to provide the range of programs required for a quality university college. The challenge now is to fully utilize this infrastructure that is able to accommodate about 400 more students before substantial new investment is required. A strategic opportunity is that as enrolment increases toward 1,000, the operational cost per FLE will decrease as operational efficiencies are realized. Our investment in program development has positioned us to begin offering some of the high demand programs necessary for long term financial sustainability. The Bachelor of Science (Biology) program was launched in 2008 and the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor Music, and the Bachelor of Education in fall 2010. Enrolment Achieving optimal enrolments will require more than the addition of these new programs. While retention rates have increased over the last number of years, they remain below industry benchmarks reflecting a need to continue to enhance student life and learning opportunities. Table 1: Full-Time Undergraduate Retention Rates, 2006-10 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Undergraduate Retention Rate 57.5 64.7 62.1 74.1 66.5 Retention Rate - 3 year average 59.6 62.2 61.4 67.0 67.6 Growing enrolment to effective capacity is challenging in the context of declining numbers of traditional post-secondary students and new choices with Mount Royal University adding programs and the University of Calgary increasing enrolment in programs similar to those at Ambrose. This challenge is amplified by the higher tuition at Ambrose as compared to the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and St. Mary's University College. Table 2: New Student Enrolment, 2006-10 Total New Students 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 arts & Science 82 98 97 167 145 Undergraduate Ministry 63 43 41 40 30 Seminary 14 35 31 30 36 Total New Students Enrolled 159 176 169 237 211 Difference - 3 year average -2% 7% 4% 41% 9%

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