Strategic Plan
Achieving NAIT 2021

NAIT's Vision

To be the most relevant and responsive post- secondary institution in Canada and a world leading polytechnic by 2021.

Our Values


We treat each other with respect, including behaviours of honesty, integrity, transparency, trust and an appreciation for diversity.


We work together to advance NAIT and its academic mission in fostering relationships and in building community.


We come together in fun and enjoyment to recognize accomplishments and successes and to show appreciation.


We support people through empowerment, providing a safe and caring workplace and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.


We are accountable, individually and collectively, to each other and to NAIT for our actions and for achieving our promises.

Developing the Plan

To develop NAIT’s vision and this Strategic Plan, over 3,200 students, staff, alumni, Board of Governors, government, industry partners, the NAIT Academic Staff Association, the NAIT Students’ Association, AUPE and other stakeholders were engaged. Each of these groups has a continued role to play in the successful implementation and achievement of this Plan, and each requires support from the institution.

The Strategic Plan builds on the four promises of NAIT 2021 – promises to Alberta, to students, to industry and to staff. These promises are interdependent and cannot be achieved in isolation of one another.

The strategies also work closely together. In fact, some strategies are intentionally designed to achieve more than one promise. It is this interdependence between promises and strategies that leads to the ultimate achievement of the vision.

The Promises

Promise to Alberta

NAIT meets the current and emerging needs for polytechnic education and applied research in Alberta. NAIT is relevant and responsive and provides outstanding technical education. While serving the needs of Alberta, NAIT is globally competitive and recognized.

Promise to Staff

NAIT will continue to be one of Canada’s outstanding places to work, which follows from a culture of how we work together. This culture reflects the values of respect, collaboration, celebration, support and accountability.

Promise to Students

NAIT provides a positive student experience that encompasses students’ mental, emotional and physical well-being and defines success broadly. We prepare students to succeed in meaningful careers, find employment in their chosen field and have the skills necessary to have an immediate impact.

Promise to Industry

NAIT produces an exceptional skilled workforce, aligned directly to industry needs. Our programs are developed with industry’s input and our research is industry-driven to create enterprises that compete worldwide.

Why a Strategic Plan?

This is NAIT’s long-term roadmap to achieve NAIT 2021. It identifies outcomes, the strategies to be implemented and the metrics to measure our progress. This Plan takes into account the external environment, NAIT’s internal resources and emerging opportunities within, and external to, the organization. The Plan aligns tightly to other institutional plans, including our Academic Plan and the Comprehensive Institutional Plan.

The Strategic Plan is a living document and will be reviewed as part of the institution’s annual planning processes.

  1. Vision, values and promises
  2. Institutional outcomes, strategies and performance measures
  3. Academic and applied research priorities
  4. Three-year business plan, including budget and forecasts
  5. Department plans and priorities aligning to NAIT 2021
  6. Aligns position descriptions, performance and personal development with the institution’s plans
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