Steering Committee & Programs Summary

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October 20th – First meeting of the steering committee. Beginning of a SWOT analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Appraisal by Provost Vitter of the urgency of the planning mission, indicators of the state of the university (1.2 MB PDF), and committee discussion on the weaknesses and threats to KU’s ability to be successful.

October 26th – Second meeting of the steering committee. Continuation of SWOT (actually WTSO) analysis (119 KB PDF). Faculty panel and response panel on the topic of how to build synergies at KU – discussing both where it happens and why it doesn’t happen. Steering committee examined strengths and opportunities for KU and preliminary elements of goals to be used to design the work group charges.

November 1st – Third meeting of the steering committee. Student panel discussion on their experiences at KU and what KU could do to engage students at a higher level. Steering committee discussion and refinement of the work group charges.

November 8th – Fourth meeting of the steering committee and first meeting of the work groups. Kick-off by Chancellor Gray-Little. Background by Provost Vitter on the urgency of the planning process. Perspectives and summary of steering committee work by co-chair Prof. Mabel Rice. Description of the key goals and characteristics (110 KB PDF) that form the charges to the work groups. The work groups initial meeting and planning of their efforts, due in early March.

December 14th – Fifth meeting of the steering committee. Working group chairs shared progress to date and plan for moving forward. Steering committee discussed issues relating to the overarching enabler of developing the KU workforce. Strategic initiatives were introduced. See the relevant discussion board for more details.

January 20th – Sixth meeting of the steering committee. Provost Vitter used a PowerPoint presentation (523 KB PDF) to show next steps in the strategic planning process. Vice Provost for Administration and Finance, Diane Goddard, presented issues pertinent to the overarching enabler of organizational and support infrastructure. Steering committee developed and ranked action steps for addressing organizational and support infrastructure issues. See the relevant discussion board for more details.

February 22nd – Seventh meeting of the steering committee. Provost Vitter used a PowerPoint presentation (270 KB PDF) to give a broad overview of KU’s resources. President of KU’s Endowment Association, Dale Seuferling, presented information about philanthropy and the capital campaign. Associate Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Julie Goonewardene, presented information about entrepreneurship’s role in a modern university. Steering committee developed and ranked action steps for addressing issues related to making KU more entrepreneurial. See the relevant discussion board for more details.

March 17th – Eighth meeting of the steering committee. Provost Vitter used a PowerPoint presentation (434 KB PDF) to highlight broad community participation and the overall progress in strategic planning. The four work groups presented their preliminary reports to and received feedback from the steering committee. See the relevant discussion board for more details.

April 18th – Ninth meeting of the steering committee. Provost Vitter discussed the strategic planning progress to date. The steering committee outlined synergies, linkages, and cross-pressures across the four work group reports to be considered while creating the final strategic plan. The steering committee also provided feedback on the enabler goals. See the relevant discussion board for more details.

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A researcher with the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark looks for ancient human remains in northern Greenland. Using genetic studies on findings in Greenland, the international research team, which included KU Anthropology Professor Michael Crawford discovered a new wave of migration from Siberia into the Arctic about 5,000 years ago. (Photo credit and copyright: Claus Andreasen) Tags: Centre for GeoGenetics #KUdiscoveries #Anthropology

Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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Why KU
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  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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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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