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Source: Kirk Schulz
News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-2535, may@k-state.edu

Thursday, July 22, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The more input, the better. That's the idea behind Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz's efforts to encourage participation in deciding how to reach major new goals by 2025.

"Provost April Mason and I developed the first goal: for K-State to be a top 50 public research university by 2025," Schulz said. "To achieve this goal, we need everyone's help."

This week, Schulz launched a new website, http://www.k-state.edu/2025/ with a video, a timeline, and dialog boxes asking for input. It's all designed to develop an effective visionary plan for moving K-State forward.

In his monthly letter to campus, Schulz said, "One of my objectives during the summer was to kick off the second phase of the K-State 2025 visionary planning process. This part of the strategic plan involves benchmarking Kansas State University against our peers. For the last several weeks, we have been engaging with focus groups to examine where K-State is currently compared with our peers, and to discuss possible next steps to move us toward our goal."

Schulz said one of the keys to any planning process is to involve as wide a set of constituents as possible. That's why the website has three broad questions which focus on K-State's future:

  1. At K-State, what do we need to do to become a Top 50 institution?
  2. What are the assets in place in order to achieve Top 50 status?
  3. What are the barriers to overcome to achieve Top 50 status?

"With everyone working together, I know we can make K-State even better in 15 years than it is today," Schulz said.

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