Putting Bold Aspirations into Action

Implementation Progress

Visit this site often to get updates on the actions we are undertaking to implement the strategic plan. The full strategic plan includes six goals and 22 individual strategies to achieve those goals. A small, but representative, implementation steering committe is overseeing the overall implementation and progress of Bold Aspirations. The implementation steering committee meets once a quarter, but monthly updates across all actions are available below.

Last year, the implementation team focused on six key areas to move us forward in accomplishing the goals set forth in Bold Aspirations. You can read about the tremendous progress we, as a university community, made in 2011-2012 in the Bold Aspirations Annual Report. The second annual report will be available in early fall 2013.

Provost Jeffrey Vitter notes that the success of our transformation relies on the continued input and engagement of the entire community. With that spirit in mind we turn our attention to the third year of implementing the strategic plan. In Year 3 we will focus on:

  • Redesigning courses to bring new technologies to the classroom that encourage active learning
  • Attracting and recruiting the leaders and innovators of tomorrow through expanded use of Prospect, a software product that allows graduate programs to manage prospective graduate students and applicants
  • Continuing to invest in our strategic initiative themes through two strategic initiative theme research summits, the Research Investment Council, Foundation Professors, and Bold Aspirations Visitor and Lecture Series
  • Vetting and refining the post-tenure review policy, developed by a committee comprised of diverse faculty and governance representation, for submission to the Kansas Board of Regents in spring 2014
  • Creating and vetting a new campus master plan that will capitalize on our historical and geographic assets and develop new modern research facilities that will advance our mission
  • Sustaining our investment in Changing for Excellence as we implement the new faculty and staff recruitment module, Kenexa, and commence the second year of implementing shared service centers
Bold Aspirations

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

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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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