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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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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