Over the last 11 months, the campus community has engaged in an extensive and thorough strategic planning process. Hundreds of faculty, staff, and students attended open forums in the Spring and Fall semesters to contribute their ideas on what should be included in our five-year strategic plan. Nearly 2,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff completed a comprehensive survey online that asked what is important to NKU and what should be important. In addition, more than 100 faculty, staff, students, and community members served on work groups to provide detailed analyses on trends and issues impacting the university. We also conducted more than 20 meetings with external constituents to recognize the needs of our community and regional employers. This participatory process has been transparent. The end result is something of which we should all be proud.
The Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents approved the 2013-18 Strategic Plan on November 13, 2013. Our strategic plan identifies a clear, succinct mission with a vision for 2018 that will guide our work over the next five years. The strategic plan includes the goals and directions to enable us to achieve that ambitious vision.
As I have said before, though, our work does not end with the writing of this plan. Today the hard work really begins, because the implementation of the plan is the most important part of this entire process. Indeed, the implementation is what will make our university distinctive and what will bring us success when we celebrate our achievements in 2018. This Fall and Spring semester, the campus will begin forming teams to work on implementation plans, and metrics and targets will be presented to the Board at the March meeting.
The committee has invested an extraordinary amount of time into this project. I thank each of them for their dedication, time, and thoughtful input. I also thank our hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and community members who invested their time, attention, and ideas to the process. Our strategic plan is stronger and more meaningful because of the broad, participatory input we received.
During the next two months, we will be working on production, publication, and distribution of the final document. Please check our website in 2014 to access the document and a new website about our strategic plan.
Geoffrey S. Mearns