Goal 5 Strategic Map

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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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This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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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
  • 1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • $260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
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