Theme 4: Engagement, Extension, Outreach, and Service
Be a national leader and model for a re-invented and transformed public research land-grant university integrating research, education, and engagement.
Activities and Accomplishments in 2011-2016
- The Excellence in Engagement Awards were launched to recognize engaged scholarship and the university established an engagement seed grant program.
- The Global Food Systems Innovation Grants program was launched as part of the university’s Global Food Systems Initiative to support adopting multidisciplinary approaches to address some of the world’s global food systems challenges while helping create jobs and wealth for the state.
- K-State’s Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship delivered courses, research and mentorship to new ventures in Kansas through its Launch a Business (LAB) Program and introduced the Kansas Business Climate Index.
- Direct engagement with military, soldiers, veterans and military families expanded through partnerships with the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Institute for Health and Security of Military Families and 4-H Military Partnerships.
- Four fully online bachelor’s degrees were made available as record numbers of students received Kansas State University degrees through Global Campus, reinforcing the importance of distance education to growing numbers of students.
- Engagement with Australian partners expanded with the Oz-to-Oz program, active student exchange programs, inclusion as an international partner in the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Center, and sponsorship of two Fulbright scholarships for an Australian Fulbright Distinguished Chair and a Senior Scholar.
- K-State Olathe grew with new public and private sector partnerships advancing innovative research, education and outreach in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
- The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center, a one of a kind facility in North America, was opened in Salina by K-State Polytechnic in partnership with industry and local, state and federal agencies.
- The university entered into 25 master agreements with strategic industry partners.
- Kansas 4-H enrollment grew by 42 percent to more than 86,700 participants.
- The McCain Performance Series and the Beach Museum collaborated with university, corporate and community partners to offer expanded, unique, high-quality and diverse arts and cultural enrichment programming and learning opportunities.
- The Kansas State University Confucius Institute was launched in partnership with Jilin University, a leading national research university in northeast China.
- Kansas State University in Orvieto, Italy was established as an anchor for programs of study and other university activities within the region.
- Eleven reciprocal articulated agreements with Top 200 global universities were established, exceeding the 2015 goal for 10 agreements.
- International noncredit programs grew to include the Go Teacher program, the Korean Summer Institute and the Engineering Summer Institute.
- Alumni membership grew by nearly 10 percent as the K-State Alumni Association was ranked fifth in the nation in the Power Five Athletic Conference for percentage of graduates who are members.