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2025 Visionary Plan

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Phase 5: Overview of Visionary Goal, Key Benchmarks, Themes and Common Elements, and Proposed Thematic Goals

Visionary Goal

By 2025, Kansas State University will be recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 Public Research Universities.

Key Benchmarks for Visionary Goal

  1. Research and Development Expenditures
  2. Total Endowment
  3. # of National Academy Members
  4. # of Faculty Awards
  5. # of Doctorates Awarded
  6. Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Ratio
  7. Six-Year Graduation Rate
  8. % of Undergraduates Involved in Formalized Research Experience


  1. Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, Discovery
  2. Undergraduate Educational Experience
  3. Graduate Scholarly Experience
  4. Engagement, Extension, Outreach, and Service
  5. Faculty and Staff
  6. Facilities and Infrastructure
  7. Athletics

Common Elements

  • Diversity
  • International
  • Sustainability
  • Communications and Marketing
  • External Constituents
  • Culture
  • Funding
  • Technology

Proposed Thematic Goals

(proposed by K-State 2025 Theme Committees)

Review the proposed thematic goals and the thematic strategic action plans and provide your feedback.

  1. Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery
    Kansas State University will create a culture of excellence which results in flourishing, sustainable, and widely recognized research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery (RSCAD) in a variety of disciplines and endeavors.
  2. Undergraduate Educational Experience
    Kansas State University will build a connected, diverse, empowered, engaged, participatory culture of learning and excellence that prepares students for their professional, community, social, and personal lives.
  3. Graduate Scholarly Experience
    Kansas State University will create a culture of excellence that attracts highly talented, diverse graduate students and is recognized for producing graduates that are outstanding in their respective professions.
  4. Engagement, Extension, Outreach, and Service
    Kansas State University will be a national leader in and model for a re-invented and transformed public research land-grant university integrating research, education, and engagement.
  5. Faculty and Staff
    Our work environment encourages creativity and excellence in faculty and staff, responds to changing needs, embraces diversity, values communication and collaboration, and is respectful, trusting, fair, and collegial for all.
  6. Facilities and Infrastructure
    University facilities and infrastructure will meet the evolving needs of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders at a level that is competitive to our benchmark institutions and serve as an asset to recruit and retain quality students, faculty, researchers, and staff.
  7. Athletics
    The interconnectivity between athletics and the campus community will be strengthened for their mutual benefit and to prepare our student-athletes for success in school, in sport, and after graduation.