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October 19, 2022

Help shape our future at Kansas State University

Submitted by Richard Linton

Dear K-State Community, 

I am excited to share a quick update about Next-Gen K-State, our universitywide strategic planning initiative to define our future as a Next-Generation Land-Grant University

We have made great progress since launching this effort last month. Our team and consulting partners have been busy conducting interviews, holding listening sessions, reviewing data and visiting with community partners as part of our regional community visits initiative. Our Next-Gen K-State Advisory Committee is also meeting regularly to review our progress and guide us in all phases of our work. 

As I mentioned when announcing this effort last month, we are focused on providing numerous inclusive opportunities for you to engage in this strategic planning process. We very much want your input, ideas and recommendations in thinking about how to best position K-State to be the most successful and impactful within our communities, our state, the nation and the world. 

One of the ways we are seeking your feedback is through a series of surveys we are launching today. All faculty, staff, and students should receive an email including a link to either the faculty and staff survey or the student survey. If you are both an employee and student, you should receive two emails with different links. 

These short surveys are designed to help us understand what's working at K-State, what can be improved, what we value as a university community, and how we should define our future vision and priorities. We are also asking for your feedback on our K-State brand and what about that brand resonates the most with you. 

I also want to emphasize that these surveys are completely anonymous. You may be asked to enter your eID to access your survey; this is only to protect access to the surveys and ensure our faculty, staff and students are the only ones with access to your respective surveys. Your responses will go directly to our consulting partners at Emergent Method, and in no way will your eID or any other personally identifiable information be associated with your response. As such, I am asking that you please be as candid and forthcoming as possible. Your input through these surveys will be integral in informing our future priorities and how we position ourselves as the Next-Generation Land-Grant University. 

To complete the survey, either click the link in the email you should receive today or visit our Next-Gen K-State website and click the appropriate survey link found under the Get Involved section of the website. 

We are also in the process of distributing surveys to request feedback from other stakeholders, including our K-State alumni, employers of K-State students and alumni, and parents and families of K-State students. These surveys are also anonymous and designed to gather similar perspectives on the future of our university. If you receive multiple surveys, please read the email carefully and consider completing them all, as we may be seeking your feedback from two or multiple vantage points. 

Thank you in advance for your time and participation in this process. As always, if you have any comments or questions about our strategic planning effort, please feel free to reach out to our strategic planning team at nextgen@k-state.edu. I look forward to your feedback and working with you in the months to come as we develop our new strategic plan and chart our future together. 

Go 'Cats! 

Richard Linton