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K-State Today

June 22, 2012

Letter to campus from President Schulz and Provost Mason: K-State 2025

Submitted by Kirk Schulz and April Mason

Dear Campus Community,

June is here and it's time to update you once again on K-State 2025 and invite your feedback over the summer. During the summer of 2010, we held campuswide focus groups and invited your suggestions and comments as we embarked on our university planning process to craft our future. Last summer, you were asked to provide feedback on the strategic action plans recommended by our seven theme committees to move us forward to achieving our goal to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. This summer, we invite you to comment on the university 2025 strategic action plans recommended by our Internationalization and K-State Olathe Planning Committees, which were appointed in March.

We want to thank the 34 members of these two committees for their time and effort during the last several months of a very busy spring semester. Using the same facilitated process and 2025 strategic action plan template, each committee produced a broad, directional action plan with an overall goal; assumptions; outcomes for the next five, 10 and 15 years; and suggested activities aligned with the university visionary plan. As evidenced by the overall goals, both plans recognize the critical importance of Internationalization and K-State Olathe to our vision for K-State 2025.

  • Infuse internationalization in all we do in order to ensure that K-State students, faculty, and staff are prepared to live, learn, and work in the global community.
  • K-State Olathe evolves as a model and leader advancing the vision of K-State 2025 with strong academic/industry/governmental partnerships integrating graduate education, research, and engagement to address the needs of a rapidly changing world.

We encourage you to read and provide feedback on the recommended university plans for Internationalization and K-State Olathe. Online comments will be collected through Aug. 31 and the plans will be finalized in September.

Additionally, over the summer we will be working with the deans and vice presidents to share their initial college/unit strategic alignment plans looking for areas of synergy that cross unit boundaries and begin the development of key university quantitative metrics for the 2025 thematic goals. This will set the stage for working together next year to complete a set of linked 2025 departmental, college and similar unit strategic action plans aligned with the university visionary plan and to implement a methodology for measuring and reporting our progress. If you have suggestions you would like considered for key metrics to measure progress toward our thematic goals and outcomes, please send them to 2025@k-state.edu.

You can continue to follow K-State 2025 by visiting the 2025 website. Thank you for your continued work and support to advance our 2025 vision. Enjoy your summer!

Go Cats!               Thanks for all you do!

Kirk Schulz           April Mason