Big, Bold Ideas

February 28, 2011

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

In her Monday Message last week, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little emphasized: “Investing in higher education is an investment in the future of our students, state, and nation. We will continue to make the case in Topeka and Washington that the future prosperity of Kansas and the United States is tied to having skilled college graduates, as well as scholarly discoveries that create jobs and enhance the quality of life we all enjoy.”

In today’s issue of Provost eNews, I’d like to extend the chancellor’s message and talk about how we make our case for KU, not just to the state legislature and the Federal government, but also to our alumni and friends, community and corporate partners, and foundations. This topic is especially relevant as we prepare within a year for the public launch of KU’s comprehensive fundraising campaign.

In order for KU to excel in its core missions of educating students, groundbreaking research, and service to society, we increasingly need to draw upon the generosity of our donors, collaborations with industry, funding from grants, and entrepreneurial activities. We will be most successful in securing resources if we demonstrate clearly to all members of the greater KU community how those resources will enable big and bold contributions to tackling society’s most pressing problems.

Tonight is the deadline for nominations of strategic initiatives. Following the announcement of the rationale and process in the November 30 Provost eNews, the best minds at KU have been collaboratively brainstorming on big, bold ideas — to serve as building blocks for a handful of strategic themes in which KU will make a great positive difference. The visions put forward will make a clear case for why KU and its programs are the best investment you can make for a vibrant future.

The submitted ideas will be posted by next week on the internal strategic planning website. I look forward to the conversations that will take place around these big ideas in the coming months. The broad process for vetting the ideas is described on the strategic initiative web page. Please continue to provide your helpful feedback to me and to the planning process; it’s valuable and much appreciated.

Provost's Message Signature: 

Rock Chalk!
  -- Jeff

Jeffrey S. Vitter

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor

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