Strategic Planning Archive

September 2010–August 2011

Forming the Plan

During the 2010–2011 academic year, we developed a strategic action plan to lead KU to a vibrant future. Inclusion, transparency, and communication have been the basis for the entire planning process so that we bring forward the very best ideas and set the stage for a successful implementation. Over 160 individuals took part as members of (one or more of) the steering committee, the four work groups, and the four summit planning groups. In addition, we have gotten substantial direct input from the KU community.

During the summer of 2011 we are refining this plan to present to the chancellor. The diagram below gives an overview of the main elements of the strategic plan. You can click on “Goals and Actions” and “Strategic Initiatives” to get more information about each of those components. You can view work groups reports, steering committee meeting minutes, and town hall meeting videos below.

Refining the Plan

Input from the KU community as already helped us clarify several of the initial work group recommendations. Please refer to the May 23rd Provost eNews for a more in-depth discussion of some of these refinements and how we continue to strive to listen to the KU community as we form the strategic plan.

Changing for Excellence

An important aspect of our planning is a university-wide study, Changing for Excellence, that the Huron Consulting group is leading to recommend ways we can transform KU’s business and administrative processes. You will be hearing more about this study during the 2011-2012 academic year.

GoalsStrategic InitiativesThe Strategic Action Plan


Bold Aspirations

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the following:

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Jaclyn Carpenter, a junior studying American Studies, took a moment after finishing her finals to wander around Marvin Grove — know the feeling? But Jaclyn told us her semester was a good one. Her favorite class this year? Jewish American Literature, "because professor Cheryl Lester really knows how to engage with her classes." This made us want to know: What was your favorite class and why? Jaclyn added some advice: “You're only on this campus for four years, so take any free time you have to explore all the unique wonders it has." We love that idea, Jaclyn. #exploreKU

Curiosity sparks KU paleontologist Chris Beard’s quest for man’s ancient cousins When he’s not scrutinizing ancient primate fossils in his KU lab, world-renowned paleontologist Chris Beard (http://bit.ly/1w3TQSj) is out stalking human evolutionary ancestors in remote corners of Libya, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Egypt, Tunisia, or Kenya. Beard, who came to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, has a passion for being out in the middle of nowhere and making a discovery — “There’s nothing better than that. It’s fabulous.”


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Why KU
  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times