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:

Policy Library Search

Visit the Policy Office for more information.

What international senior Zunwu Zhou finds appealing about BMX—the feeling he gets when he nearly defies the laws of physics—is the same appeal he found in chemistry, his major. “When I’m in the lab, I push past the limits of what I think I can do. Sure, there are scientific principles, and chemicals have reactions, but research is about testing those boundaries.” Growing up in Wuhan, China, Zhou tried BMX after first watching it on ESPN. “No one else in my city was riding BMX, and I wanted to be the first,” Zhou says. Now Zhou spends what time he has between classes on a bike at KU’s Wescoe Beach because the smooth surface makes it easy for him to “spin and fix.” To be the first BMX rider in your city, travel 7,200 miles for college, and spend your life breaking chemical bonds, a person must be daring. Not fearless – just willing to accept a worthy dare. Zhou is as daring as they come.
Explore KU: International student, BMX rider knows no bounds To be the first BMX rider in your city, travel 7,200 miles for college, and spend your life breaking chemical bonds, a person must be daring. Meet Zunwu Zhou: a senior international student and chemistry major from Wuhan, China. His favorite things are rock chalk and sick tricks.


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