Strategic Planning Archive

September 2010–August 2011

Forming the Plan

During the 2010–2011 academic year, we developed a strategic action plan to lead KU to a vibrant future. Inclusion, transparency, and communication have been the basis for the entire planning process so that we bring forward the very best ideas and set the stage for a successful implementation. Over 160 individuals took part as members of (one or more of) the steering committee, the four work groups, and the four summit planning groups. In addition, we have gotten substantial direct input from the KU community.

During the summer of 2011 we are refining this plan to present to the chancellor. The diagram below gives an overview of the main elements of the strategic plan. You can click on “Goals and Actions” and “Strategic Initiatives” to get more information about each of those components. You can view work groups reports, steering committee meeting minutes, and town hall meeting videos below.

Refining the Plan

Input from the KU community as already helped us clarify several of the initial work group recommendations. Please refer to the May 23rd Provost eNews for a more in-depth discussion of some of these refinements and how we continue to strive to listen to the KU community as we form the strategic plan.

Changing for Excellence

An important aspect of our planning is a university-wide study, Changing for Excellence, that the Huron Consulting group is leading to recommend ways we can transform KU’s business and administrative processes. You will be hearing more about this study during the 2011-2012 academic year.

GoalsStrategic InitiativesThe Strategic Action Plan


Bold Aspirations

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

Policy Library Search

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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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