Northern Kentucky University is an institution firmly committed to talent development, research excellence, and public engagement that supports regional progress. The region and the citizens of the Commonwealth feel the positive impact of NKU everyday through the many efforts of our students, faculty, and staff. We want to be known as the place where dreamers are welcome, where ideas come to life, and where every student is provided every opportunity to succeed. We understand the importance and impact of programs and services that support and strengthen the collective talents of local businesses and community. One of the defining qualities of our faculty is their capacity to involve undergraduate students in their research, much of which involves local application of innovation to support regional progress. These are the qualities one would expect of a modern, metropolitan university. These are the qualities of NKU.
In order to meet and maintain such expectations, it is crucial that we think strategically and provide clear focus for the immediate future. The university has shown a strong commitment to planning since 1997 through three Vision, Values and Voices (VVV) processes that invoked meaningful conversation with the campus and the region. During that time, we revisited the institution's vision, mission and core values. These remain intact and provide a firm foundation for further focusing our efforts over the next planning horizon.
In 1997, the Kentucky General Assembly called for educational reform and continues to promote a public agenda focused on improving the lives of Kentuckians. While Kentucky has made tremendous progress over the last decade, additional improvement is necessary. The 2011-15 statewide strategic agenda outlines expectations of public institutions over the next few years. We must do our part to support the success of the public agenda by integrating the statewide objectives into the university's strategic plan.
Northern Kentucky's Vision 2015 regional agenda calls for common focus and regional collaboration. In keeping with our regional stewardship mission, NKU is committed to the goals of Vision 2015.
The Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education's Diversity Policy and Framework was adopted by the Council on Postsecondary Education in 2010. The CPE goals for NKU are supported through NKU's Diversity Plan.
The university is equally committed to being a good steward of public resources and providing evidence of assessment and accountability. The call for greater accountability and transparency from all stakeholder groups continues to intensify, and the NKU community is poised to respond. The downturn in the economy coupled with our tremendous growth over the last decade requires us to focus more closely on resource planning and organizational efficiencies. We cannot afford a "business as usual" mentality.
For these reasons, NKU will take a more focused approach to planning over this planning period. This plan integrates planning efforts across the university and sharpens our focus in six major areas or Points of Focus for 2012-14. This plan is a "call to action" - an expectation that our energies and resources will be fully aligned with these priorities.
NKU continues to be a strong force that is improving lives and helping shape the future of the region. We will sustain our momentum while adjusting to the "new normal". We'll go about business in a way that warrants public trust. And we'll execute the priorities outlined in the Points of Focus to further ensure that NKU is the place where dreamers want to be and where students of all ages will find opportunity, engagement, and success.
Highlights of Kentucky's Progress In Educational Reform over the Last Decade