Changing for Excellence Town Hall Meeting on Sept 13

Jeffrey S. Vitter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Thursday, September 08, 2011 9:29 AM
KU Lawrence Staff, Faculty and Affiliates

Dear Faculty and Staff,

On Tuesday, September 13 we will host a Changing for Excellence Town Hall meeting from 9:30-11:00 am at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This will be the fifth of seven Town Hall meetings in the Changing for Excellence initiative and the second meeting as part of Phase II of the initiative. In contrast to previous Town Hall meetings, we are planning to dedicate most of the time set aside for questions and answers.

On behalf of the Chancellor, I want to encourage you to submit any questions you have about how Changing for Excellence is proceeding in advance of Tuesday’s meeting. We have established a new web form so you may, if you prefer, submit your questions or comments anonymously. You will find this new option for submitting questions or comments at the top of the Changing for Excellence website.

The Chancellor and I ask that you submit your questions or comments by noon on Monday, September 12. We have introduced a lot of information during our first four Town Hall meetings, and now is the time to dedicate a forum entirely to responding to your comments.

The meeting will be video-conferenced to the Edwards Campus in room RH 251; and we will also post a video version of the forum on the Changing for Excellence website.

Changing for Excellence is an intensive self-assessment on how we do business at KU. The goal is to identify ways we can more efficiently and effectively advance our teaching and research mission, with Huron Consulting Group commissioned to guide KU through its self-assessment process. Cost savings identified from the assessment will be carefully re-invested in the university priorities identified during the extensive strategic planning process.

I strongly encourage you to participate in these forums as we work to ensure KU’s future excellence. I also ask that supervisors allow time for staff who wish to attend. In addition to the web form for this meeting, you may continue to submit your thoughts and ideas by visiting and clicking on the "Feedback" link.

Rock Chalk!
  -- Jeff

Jeffrey S. Vitter

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor

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