Letter from the President and Provost: K-State 2025 Update



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In September 2011, Kansas State University launched K-State 2025, a visionary plan for the university. This plan was the result of an ambitious planning initiative begun in 2010 with the visionary goal to be recognized as a Top 50 public research university by 2025. Building on our collective history as a public land-grant institution, we embarked on a planning process that was inclusive and exciting. With broad involvement, K-Staters worked together to craft our future. Today, we are pleased to share our inaugural K-State 2025 progress report. 

Our strategic plan and vision define us as a modern, student-centered land-grant university valuing and integrating research, education and engagement on behalf of our communities, state, nation and world. It expresses our desire to pursue a culture of excellence in all we do. K-State 2025 serves as a guide for our decision-making and priority-setting. 

Our faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and partners helped define our visionary plan, its directions and goals. Today, they are working hard to make those goals a reality and turn projected outcomes into achievements. 

As outlined in this report, the first year of plan implementation focused on laying a strong foundation for progress while undertaking key university initiatives to advance our goals. Planning expanded from the university-level focus to our colleges and similar units. Achieving our goals will not be easy. Many of our 2025 initiatives will take several years to accomplish and raise additional strategic questions and challenges along the way. Moving forward requires shared commitment at all levels, along with new ideas, plans, resources and ways of doing things. 

As we said when we released the plan, the dialogue around K-State 2025 is as important to the institution as the final plan itself. As we move together toward our 2025 goals, reporting our progress, measuring our success and recognizing our accomplishments is critical. In addition to progress reports, updates and other information about the university’s strategic plan are available on the K-State 2025 website at k-state.edu/2025

We promised at the outset that our university strategic plan would not just sit on a shelf, but that we would take action and work hard to achieve success. Ultimately, our success will be judged by how well we:

• Create flourishing, sustainable and widely recognized research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery
• Respond to the differing needs of our undergraduate and graduate students and prepare them for success in their lives
• Integrate research, education and engagement to benefit our communities, state, nation and the world
• Support our faculty and staff in an inclusive work environment encouraging creativity and excellence
• Provide facilities and infrastructure that match the needs of our students, faculty, researchers and staff
• Strengthen the bonds within the university community to benefit all

Kansas State University is embracing its future, and everyone has an important role to play. We invite your continued participation in helping us realize that future. 


   
Kirk Schulz 
    April Mason 
President     Provost and Senior Vice President


 For more information about K-State 2025 visionary plan, visit the K-State 2025 website.
 


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