Goal 5 Strategic Map

goal 5 map

Quality higher education is people-intensive. Technology is important, but there's no replacement for an inspiring teacher, an innovative researcher, or an effective staff member. It thus makes sense to devote exceptional care and attention to the hiring, training, and recognition of these invaluable contributors. Seemingly well-intentioned personnel policies can slow the hiring process to a crawl, risking the loss of strong candidates to more-nimble universities. Retention can be equally challenging, especially if work and personal life get out of balance.

KU faculty members and staff must be held to high standards of performance. Faculty members are evaluated for promotion and tenure using measureable criteria. KU needs to capture the full spectrum of their activities in order for evaluations to be fair and productive. The new Professional Record Online (PRO) system will help accomplish that goal and save effort. In addition, KU should follow the lead of most peer universities by developing and implementing a meaningful policy of post-tenure review, ensuring that faculty members progress through the professorial ranks based upon demonstrated accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.

Finally, KU must place greater evidence on the diversity of the people it hires and enrolls, reflecting the society around us and recognizing more keenly the strengths of nontraditional candidates. The creation of a senior-level position for diversity leadership will prompt the development and implementation of a comprehensive campus vision for making progress in this key area.

Bold Aspirations

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

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  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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