1. PROMOTE ACTIVE LEARNING
Building on the success and innovative work of the Course Redesign Task Force, we will fully integrate blended and active-learning courses and classrooms into the campus environment. We will foster a collaborative atmosphere in which faculty share successful strategies and course data within and across departments. The results will meet the evolving learning needs of our students.
2. STRENGTHEN RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
Strategic initiative themes will continue to energize our research and scholarship through Strategic Initiative Grants, workshops, summits, and faculty hires. We hired our first three Foundation Distinguished Professors during 2013-14, and we will continue to focus our efforts on recruiting prestigious faculty.
3. ENGAGE SCHOLARSHIP FOR PUBLIC IMPACT
In the same way we would celebrate laboratory discoveries or commissioned works of art, we will recognize community-engaged scholarship, entrepreneurship, and commercialization. We will explore opportunities to engage the Lawrence and Kansas City communities through the Edwards Campus and Continuing Education. And, a new Web-based tool will connect faculty with community, business, and industry partners to collaborate in research for the common good.
4. DEVELOP INFRASTRUCTURE AND RESOURCES
Our new HR Learning Management System (LMS) and Performance Management System (PMS) will provide easy access to campus learning and development opportunities and give supervisors tools to promote growth and performance. A proactive HR strategy focused on a nurturing, diverse environment will deliver hiring excellence, collaboration in the development of courses, curricula, and performance evaluation, new mentoring opportunities, and expansion of the campus diversity plan.
5. DEVELOP EXCELLENCE IN PEOPLE
Some call it “Kansas humility,” but too many of our faculty do not seek or receive respected national recognition. We will raise the visibility of their most influential research by coordinating nominations for awards at all levels, setting faculty on the path to earn a deserved place in national academies and as recipients of top honors. We must also enliven campus and develop more opportunities — both formal and informal — to recognize our top faculty and staff, celebrate our excellence, and take pride in being Jayhawks.
6. ENERGIZE THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
The next step is to implement a comprehensive Progression & Graduation plan to reach the chancellor’s goals of a 90 percent first-year retention rate and a 70 percent six-year graduation rate.