In Our Time to Lead, 14 values were established as being critical to propelling that plan and Ryerson forward. These values remain fundamental to the work of the Ryerson community, and are now expressed as seven core values in the 2020-25 Academic Plan.
Underpinning all seven values is academic freedom. At the heart of what it means to be a university, academic freedom provides us with the liberty to think critically, explore and exchange new ideas, and evaluate and challenge norms and preconceptions. It is a cornerstone of knowledge creation. We unequivocally embrace freedom of thought and expression in support of teaching, learning and SRC. Building a community where we can speak, write, critique and otherwise articulate ideas and perspectives provides a foundation for all that we do at Ryerson.
Woven throughout these values is a commitment to examine and challenge the status quo and identify where and how we can do things differently. Going forward, we remain committed to being bold in our thinking, actions and decisions as an academic institution, and in how we live our values every day.
Our values are not simply aspirational statements captured in a document; they are to be lived across all aspects of university life. Collectively, these values give shape to Ryerson’s identity and provide the foundation for scholarship that equips our students to succeed.
"[Ryerson] champions creativity, innovation and ingenuity, encouraging students, faculty and staff to think boldly, take initiative and demonstrate resourcefulness."