K-State 2025: A Visionary Plan for Kansas State University

Measuring Our Progress

As we move together toward K-State 2025, measuring our success and recognizing our accomplishments is critically important. We will monitor and report our progress annually. We will also review our plan each year and consider unanticipated challenges or unexpected opportunities that have arisen and we will adjust accordingly. Every fifth year, we will revise the full plan to reflect the current status in achieving our goals and outcomes as well as adding or revising them as appropriate.

Early in the planning process, eight key metrics were selected by the President’s cabinet to measure our progress toward our visionary goal. These metrics were chosen following examination of the data compiled by the Center for Measuring University Performance at Arizona State University.

Key University Metrics for Visionary Goal
  1. Total Research and Development Expenditures
  2. Total Endowment
  3. Number of National Academy Members
  4. Number of Faculty Awards
  5. Number of Doctorates Awarded
  6. Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Ratio
  7. Six-Year Graduation Rate
  8. Percentage of Undergraduates Involved in Formalized Research Experience

These key metrics will be important measures, but not the only measures, of our success. Additional university metrics to track progress toward each thematic goal and associated outcomes will be identified in coming months. As action plans are created by Colleges, Departments, Units, task forces, and others, new activities, outcomes, and metrics will become integral to implementing our vision for K-State 2025. Everyone at K-State has a role to play in moving K-State toward 2025.

In the end, the vision of K-State 2025 will not be achieved based solely on specific quantitative performance metrics. Our success will be judged by how well we:

  • created flourishing, sustainable, and widely recognized research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery;
  • responded to the differing needs of our undergraduate and graduate students and prepare them for success in their lives;
  • integrated research, education, and engagement to benefit our communities, state, nation, and the world;
  • supported our faculty and staff in an inclusive work environment encouraging creativity and excellence,
  • provided facilities and infrastructure that match the needs of our students, faculty, researchers, and staff, and
  • strengthened the bonds within the K-State community to benefit all.