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

Visit the Policy Office for more information.

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.


Green Office

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.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • $260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times