About the Vice Provost

Karen Goos

Karen Goos began her tenure as Kansas State University's first vice provost for enrollment management in November 2019. Goos provides strategic leadership and vision to all aspects of enrollment management at K-State, including domestic and international student recruitment, financial aid, registration and transfer enrollment

Prior to joining the K-State team, Goos served as interim vice provost for enrollment management at the University of Central Missouri. In this role, Goos served as the school's chief enrollment management and student success officer. She oversaw undergraduate and graduate admissions, international student services, the registrar's office and student financial aid, as well as the university's advising center, academic support services, first-year experience program and other key student success programs. She also developed and managed the nearly $17 million budget for the enrollment management units and chaired the strategic enrollment management planning and implementation teams. Under her leadership, UCM achieved an increase of 6% in graduate enrollment and 16% in international enrollment.

Goos served as associate vice provost for enrollment management at UCM from April 2016 to December 2018. In this role, she was the chief student success officer and was responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive retention and student success plan. Her work resulted in a 4% increase in freshman student retention, a 2% increase in transfer student retention and a 6% increase in graduation rates. She also developed and initiated a summer bridge program for low-income, first-generation and historically underserved students.

Before joining UCM, Goos worked at several campuses of Metropolitan Community College in Missouri. She was dean of student development and enrollment management from October 2012-March 2016 at Metropolitan Community College-Longview in Lee's Summit; associate vice chancellor of student development and enrollment management at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City from July 2014-August 2015; associate dean of student development and enrollment management from August 2010-October 2012 and registrar from May 2009-August 2010 at Metropolitan Community College-Blue River in Independence; enrollment services manager at Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City from April 2008-May 2009; and college relations coordinator from February 2005-April 2008 at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, also in Kansas City.

Goos earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and middle school education from Doane College; a master's in exercise science-athletic administration from UCM; and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.