Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Join us for strategic planning kickoff November 8

Friday, October 11, 2019

Dear Jayhawks,

Essential to the progress of a major public research university is a strategic plan that establishes a vision, goals and objectives to guide future decisions.

With this in mind, I am excited to launch the next strategic planning process for the University of Kansas and to solicit your assistance in this important effort to shape the future of our university.

The strategic planning process begins with the Visioning Day kickoff event on Friday, November 8, from 3-5 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. I will open Visioning Day by sharing my thoughts on the higher education landscape, opportunities and challenges, and my vision for KU. After that, we will break into groups for facilitated discussions in the Ballroom, and the ideas that emerge from these discussions will be collected and incorporated into the next phase of our planning process.

For those of you unable to attend Visioning Day, a livestream will be provided on our Strategic Planning 2020 page, and a video recording of the event will be posted there afterward. I encourage you to organize group watch events, facilitate group discussions and use our online form to report the ideas that emerge from your discussions throughout the week of November 8.

Following Visioning Day, there will be ample opportunity in the coming months for you to participate in the process through campus events, online feedback forms, and surveys. We anticipate this process culminating with a new strategic plan by June 1, 2020.

One final thought: Strategic planning is more than developing “wish lists” of our favorite initiatives. Rather, it requires us to make choices, set priorities, and listen to each other. This process offers responsibility and opportunity — and with your help, I know it will position us to advance our mission and aspirations as a top national research university.

I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts at Visioning Day.



Douglas A. Girod
University of Kansas

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.