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April 3, 2013

Dandaneau requests comments on undergraduate studies and student life plan

Submitted by Steven Dandaneau

Dear colleagues,

Vice President Bosco and I very much appreciate the feedback we are receiving as we engage with all of you in finding ways to enhance undergraduate student success. I also understand that there has been some confusion as to what the plan is and how it relates to the K-State 2025 visionary plan, as well as the college, major unit or departmental strategic action planning. There may have been technical difficulties with our effort to gather online feedback as well. To view the draft plan and link to an anonymous Axio survey, please see the undergraduate studies website.

As part of the effort to align college, major unit or departmental planning, President Schulz and Provost Mason requested that a joint strategic action plan be developed for undergraduate studies and student life focused on and aligned with the K-State 2025 key activities and outcomes for the Undergraduate Educational Experience. Just as colleges and departments are engaging in developing K-State 2025 strategic action and alignment plans, the proposed K-State 2025 Undergraduate Studies and Student Life Theme II Implementation Plan is our initial draft of such a plan.  

The university goal for the Undergraduate Educational Experience is to “build a connected, diverse, empowered, engaged, participatory culture of learning and excellence that promotes undergraduate student success and prepares students for their professional, community, social and personal lives.” During the next six weeks or so, we will be visiting with many of you to talk about our proposed directions to support K-State in reaching that goal. Also you may, of course, submit comments online through May 10.

In addition to submitting online comments anonymously, please feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions at studentsuccess@k-state.edu or at dandaneau@k-state.edu.  Vice President Bosco and I will submit a completed plan to the president and provost for their consideration at the end of May, which is consistent with the K-State 2025 planning timelines.  

It will take all of us — those in undergraduate studies and student life, faculty and academic advisers in the colleges and departments, and so forth — working together to provide the support our students deserve as they build their futures.  I look forward to engaging with all of you as we determine the best strategies to advance the success of our students. 

Steven Dandaneau,
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

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