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Engaging our Campus as We "see tomorrow." Together

Thursday, May 8

 

Throughout this semester, hundreds of people have been involved in the development of "see tomorrow." The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan. As part of an ongoing effort to engage the community and receive feedback about the plan, the "see tomorrow." team hosted a series of Town Hall events-- opportunities for the community to learn about the plan and to share ideas about our university’s future.

 

Each of the six Working Groups hosted Town Halls dedicated to their specific areas of focus. Please take a moment to watch the discussions, and send your feedback to seetomorrow@uky.edu

 

Click on the following links to view videos of the Town Halls:

 

As the working groups refine their portions of the plan, we have made drafts of their developing concepts available on the "see tomorrow." website.

 

Click here to view an overview of the eight goals and access the developing concepts for each.

 

The University of Kentucky is an institution with momentum. And as faculty, students, staff and supporters of UK, you are what make that progress and momentum possible. Thank you for your feedback as we work on behalf of this important process together.

 

Please send all feedback to seetomorrow@uky.edu

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A Week Full of "see tomorrow." Events

Friday, May 2, 2014

 

Next week will be filled with opportunities for the campus to engage with "see tomorrow." The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan.

 

On Monday, Working Group #6, "Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and Community" will host a Town Hall at 12 p.m. in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library, facilitated by Lisa Higgins-Hord.

 

On Tuesday, Working Group #4, "Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK" will host a Town Hall at 11 a.m. in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library, facilitated by Angie Martin and Michael Tick. 

 

Town Halls represent opportunities for the community to learn about the Strategic Plan and to share ideas about our university’s future. The campus is encouraged to attend, ask questions and provide feedback to the Working Groups.

 

On Thursday, Buck Goldstein, the University Entrepreneur in Residence and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present as the next speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.

 

Goldstein will speak on Thursday, May 8, at 9 a.m. in the Lexmark Public Room.

 

Buck Goldstein has been involved in entrepreneurship most of his professional life. After six years as a practicing attorney, in 1982 he co-founded Information America, an online information company that developed hundreds of products from databases of public records collected and compiled from courthouses throughout the United States. Over the next sixteen years he led the company from start-up through several stages of venture capital financing to an initial public offering.

 

Goldstein has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Information Industry Association and Information America appeared numerous times in the Inc 500 list of rapidly growing businesses. In 1998, Goldstein founded NetWorth Partners, a venture capital fund focusing on information based enterprises with Mellon Ventures as its largest investor. NetWorth combined with Mellon Ventures in 2000 and Goldstein became a Mellon Ventures Partner. He served on the Board of Directors of both private and public companies during his tenure at Mellon Ventures.

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Join Us This Morning for Two Town Hall Discussions

Thursday, May 1, 2014

 

Two "see tomorrow." Working Groups will host Town Halls today, in an ongoing effort to engage the campus community throughout the strategic planning process.

 

The campus is invited to join us in the UK Athletics Auditorium in the William T. Young Library for two discussions: the first about fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff, and the second about graduate and professional education.

 

Jeff Clymer and Randa Remer, co-chairs, will facilitate the Town Hall for Working Group # 5 "Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff." This event will take place at 9 a.m.

 

David Blackwell and Sharon Lock, co-chairs, will facilitate the Town Hall for Working Group #2 "Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs." This event will take place at 11 a.m.

 

Town Halls represent opportunities for the community to learn about the Strategic Plan and to share ideas about our university’s future. Each Strategic Plan Working Group will host an event dedicated to their specific areas of focus. These Working Groups include:

 

  • Working Group #1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community
  • Working Group #2: Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs
  • Working Group #3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment
  • Working Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK
  • Working Group #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff
  • Working Group #6: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and the Community

 

See the full schedule of "see tomorrow." Town Halls here.
 

Come join us and share your feedback! 

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Join us for a Panel on "Putting Students First"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

 

Join us for the next event in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series, which will focus on key issues related to the student population at UK.

 

The panel discussion titled, "Putting Students First" will take place on Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. in the UK Athletics Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.

Panelists include Robert Mock, Vice President for Student Affairs; Jake Karnes, Director, Disability Resource Center; Dana Walton-Macaulay, Director, Student Responsibility and Community Advocacy; and Melanie Matson, Director, Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.

 

The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is an ongoing effort to engage with the campus community about the Strategic Plan. Experts, both from UK and from other organizations in higher education, will speak on topics related to the process both leading up to and after President Capilouto presents the plan to the Board of Trustees in June.

 

Learn more about the Strategic Plan and view draft portions of the goals at www.uky.edu/strategic-plan

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Join us for a Town Hall Focused on Undergraduate Education

Monday, April 14, 2014

 

In an ongoing effort to engage the campus community throughout the strategic planning process, we will continue our series of "see tomorrow." Town Hall discussions throughout the months of April and May. The next event will focus on undergraduate education and will take place on Tuesday, April 15 at 9 a.m. in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.

 

Town Halls represent opportunities for the community to learn about the Strategic Plan and to share ideas about our university’s future. Each Strategic Plan Working Group will host an event dedicated to their specific areas of focus. These Working Groups include:

  • Working Group #1: Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community
  • Working Group #2: Advance a High-Quality Graduate and Professional Portfolio
  • Working Group #3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment
  • Working Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK
  • Working Group #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff
  • Working Group #6: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and the Community

 

Come join us for a discussion with the co-chairs of Working Group #1 "Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community," Kim Anderson and Jane Jenson. The event will focus on the work occurring in Working Group #1.

 

Check here for dates, times and locations of future Town Halls. 

 

We hope to see you there. 

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Welcoming Our Next "see tomorrow." Speaker: Janet Weiss

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

 

 

We are thrilled to welcome Janet Weiss, vice provost for academic affairs–graduate studies and dean of the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, to present as our next speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.

 

Weiss addressed the UK campus this morning about the changing role of graduate education. 

 

The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is an ongoing effort to engage with the campus community about the Strategic Plan. Experts, both from UK and from other organizations in higher education, will speak on topics related to the process.

 

As vice provost and dean, Weiss oversees all of the University of Michigan’s doctoral programs and many of the master’s programs. She serves as the Provost Office’s advocate for policies and practices benefitting all graduate and professional students at the university.

 

UKNow recently caught up with Weiss for a conversation about her upcoming talk and the state of graduate education.

 

What do you plan to talk about while at UK?

I will talk about the role of graduate education in public research universities, and how that is changing over time.  I have served on the Board of the Council of Graduate Schools and as President of the Association of Graduate Schools, so I've had  a chance to see how many different universities approach the challenges and opportunities of running graduate programs (professional, master's, and doctoral programs) alongside of their undergraduate programs.  I am convinced that graduate education is fundamental to the excellence of a research university.

 

How would you describe the current state of graduate education today?

The current state of graduate education is rapidly changing, just like higher education more generally.  The demands and expectations of society go up, as do the expectations of students.  As universities, we need to make the best choices to meet those expectations.

 

What are the biggest challenges?

Challenges abound.  Where will the money come from to support high quality graduate study (which is expensive!), and how do we align our academic priorities with the resources available?  How will changes in academic employment affect the future careers of our Ph.D. graduates?  How do students manage to pay for the cost of obtaining a master's degree, and when is that worthwhile for them?

 

What do you see as some opportunities?

Opportunities also abound.  Traditional disciplines are blurring and morphing into one another.  To keep up with cutting-edge research and scholarship, graduate education can morph and blur as well, to create much more innovative structures for degrees and for students to learn how to address big picture problems in society.

 

Are you optimistic about the future?

Yes, I am optimistic.  Universities are places for learning and building for the future.  Today's graduate students will be tomorrow's faculty members, professionals, political and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, writers, and innovators.

 

 

Weiss served as associate provost for academic affairs at the University of Michigan from 2002-2005, before assuming her current position. In that role, she was responsible for a range of academic issues, including faculty promotion and tenure; support for museums and libraries; facilities and space planning; and family-friendly policies. Weiss has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan since 1983, with a joint appointment between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

 

Weiss also founded and directed the Nonprofit and Public Management Center, creating a rich set of opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the realms of research and community engagement.

 

She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in psychology and social relations and her bachelor's from Yale University, where she was a member of Yale's first class of women.

 

This "see tomorrow." Speaker Series will continue throughout the spring semester and after UK President Eli Capilouto presents the plan to the Board of Trustees in June.

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Thanks for a Great "see tomorrow." Town Hall

Friday, March 28, 2014

 

On Wednesday afternoon, we had the pleasure of hosting the second "see tomorrow." Town Hall. It was a wonderful opportunity for members of the strategic planning team to engage with and hear from the UK community, and we appreciate the robust discussion and feedback that we received from the faculty, staff and students who attended.  

 

The conversation focused on the significant trends shaping higher education today. This discussion is critical to the development of the Strategic Plan; Dr. Capilouto and Provost Riordan believe that in order to develop a plan for our future, we need to fully understand the context of where we are now. Throughout the past months, members of the Strategic Plan Working Groups have examined these trends and identified nine that most significantly impact UK.  

 

Earlier this month, we released a Research Report on Trends in Higher Education, which examines the following trends:

 

1.    Changing Finances and Sustainability of Funding Sources

2.    Redefining the Purpose of Public Higher Education

3.    Greater Accountability

4.    Increased Use of Technology

5.    Increased Internationalization

6.    Changing Undergraduate Population and Curriculum

7.    Challenges in Graduate Education:  Ph.D., Master’s, and Professional Degrees

8.    Changes in Research Funding

9.    The Changing Professoriate

 

Susan Carvalho did a tremendous job in facilitating the Town Hall. Susan has been instrumental in the Strategic Planning process thus far; she has aided in compiling the Trends Report and refining the next document that we will submit for campus review in the coming weeks.  

 

Susan answered many audience members' questions at the Town Hall, while also noting additional data we can provide and concerns that we should address going forward. She has shared those items with the entire strategic planning team.

 

Because this process requires constant feedback from the community, were are grateful to those who were able to attend the event. For those who were unable to attend, several materials from the event are available: 

 

Click here to view a video of the Town Hall.

Click here to view the Town Hall PowerPoint presentation.

Click here to listen to a podcast of the Town Hall.

 

We value your input; please send any additional questions, concerns or ideas to us at seetomorrow@uky.edu.

 

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Join Us for the Second "see tomorrow." Town Hall

To have a discussion about the trends that are shaping the future of higher education as well as the University of Kentucky represents an important starting point for developing our Strategic Plan. President Capilouto and Provost Christine Riordan believe that, to develop a plan for our future, we need to fully understand the context of where we are now.

 

To that end, the second event in a series of Strategic Plan Town Halls will take place from 4-5 p.m. today in the Room 234 of the UK BioPharm Complex.

 

Town Hall events represent opportunities to learn about, engage with and provide feedback for "see tomorrow." The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan. The first event in this series took place on March 13 and focused on trends in higher education.

 

This Town Hall, which will also focus on trends in higher education, is designed to facilitate a robust discussion about these trends as the university develops its next Strategic Plan. 

 

Susan Carvalho, UK Associate Provost for Internationalization, will facilitate the discussion. Feedback will be compiled and shared with the Strategic Planning Committee.

 

The current trends that the strategic plan working groups have identified include:

1.    Changing Finances and Sustainability of Funding Sources

2.    Redefining the Purpose of Public Higher Education

3.    Greater Accountability

4.    Increased Use of Technology

5.    Increased Internationalization

6.    Changing Undergraduate Population and Curriculum

7.    Challenges in Graduate Education:  Ph.D., Master’s, and Professional Degrees

8.    Changes in Research Funding

9.    The Changing Professoriate

 

Please join us this afternoon. 

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Mayor Gray will Lead Next "see tomorrow." Speaker Series Event

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will lead the next event in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series at 4 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.

 

As one core tenant of the plan focuses on UK's community impact, Gray will discuss "town and gown" relations between the university and the city.

 

"UK President Eli Capilouto and I often quote the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan who said that 'to create a great city, you create a great university, and you wait 200 years.' UK is nearly 150 years, and we’re seeing the fruits of that growth and partnership between university and community."

 

The former CEO of international construction firm Gray Construction, Gray became Lexington's mayor in 2011. He will be the fourth speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series, which is sponsored by the UK Senate Council and Office of the Provost.

 

Past speakers have included John Thelin, a UK educational policy studies professor; David Attis, a practice manager with the Education Advisory Board; and Kathi Kern, director of the UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

 

"President Capilouto and I strongly believe that "see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" cannot be a document that simply sits on a shelf. It must inform what we value as an institution, how we bring those values to life and how we fund those aspirations," UK Provost Christine Riordan said. "An ongoing speaker series provides an avenue to continually remind us all that the strategic plan is never complete. It is an ongoing process of continuous improvement and aspiring to do more on behalf of the Commonwealth we serve."

 

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March: Understanding Tomorrow-- A Research Report on Trends in Higher Education and Their Impact on UK

President Capilouto and Provost Riordan issued the following email to the UK campus on Friday, March 7, 2014. 

 

 

Dear colleagues and students,  

 

For the last several weeks, six work groups -- comprised of more than 100 scholars, students and staff -- have been diligently working on the development of UK's new six-year strategic plan: "see tomorrow. The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan." 

 

An important first step in that process has been examining trends impacting both our university and all of higher education. An initial report -- titled, "Understanding Tomorrow: A Research Report on Trends in Higher Education and Their Impact on UK" -- is available for your review and, we hope, your thoughts and feedback. Please click here to view the report.

 

In addition to surveying a robust set of academic and popular literature, our strategic plan teams also conducted focus groups with Deans and faculty leaders in compiling this more than 100-page overview. After you review the report, we hope you will email us thoughts and questions at seetomorrow@uky.edu

 

It's important to note what this report is and, as importantly, what it is not. The review is not the strategic plan itself. A great deal of work has been done by these thoughtful and committed work groups. But there is much more work still to do between now and June when we take the plan to the Board of Trustees for its consideration. 

 

However, the report is a broad overview of some of the important trends -- including both daunting challenges and some compelling opportunities -- we are facing and that institutions like us across the country are grappling with as well. In summary, the report identifies nine broad themes or trends impacting our work together. They are: 

 

1.    Changing Finances and Sustainability of Funding Sources: as traditional sources of support at the state and federal levels have declined, other revenues -- from tuition, private giving, among others -- have taken on more importance.

 

2.    Redefining the Purpose of Public Higher Education: Against that backdrop of changing financial support, many in the academy -- and outside of it -- are asking tough questions about the purpose of higher education.

 

3.    Greater Accountability: All of us in higher education are being scrutinized more closely. Do we deliver on our promises? Are we doing enough to graduate students, while minimizing the debt they incur?

 

4.    Increased Use of Technology: Technology holds great promise -- in research, in teaching and outreach to students and those we serve. But how do we maximize its impact in a positive way, without compromising the level of quality we expect in all that we do?

 

5.    Increased Internationalization: We live -- and our students compete -- in an increasingly complex global and interdependent economy. The numbers of international students we serve and educate have grown significantly in recent years.

 

6.    Changing Undergraduate Population and Curriculum: Some populations of students are growing; others are declining in terms of the numbers who attend institutions of higher learning. What do those changing demographics mean for how we teach and serve and the access and affordability we offer?

 

7.    Challenges in Graduate EducationPh.D., Master’s, and Professional Degrees: The demand for some degree programs is growing at a rapid rate; for others it is declining. How should those changing dynamics influence our strategies in providing the highest-quality possible of graduate and professional programs on a campus that prides itself for its depth and breadth?

 

8.    Changes in Research Funding: The largest source of research funding for UK and other institutions -- federal dollars -- has been flat or declining in recent years. We hope that is stabilizing and poised once again to grow. But regardless, how do we ensure that we maximize research funding and create programs and research initiatives responsive to both that funding climate and the needs of our Commonwealth?

 

9.    The Changing Professoriate: As is true across higher education, our faculty population is aging. What strategies should we develop going forward to address the changing dynamics in ways that honor our mission of education, research and service as a flagship, land-grant institution? 

 

One thing you will notice as you review the report, concrete declarations of fact and paths forward are not offered, nor should they be. Any strategies for our future, though, should include a robust examination of where we've been and where we are today -- all in the context of how UK fits into the major trends, challenges and opportunities confronting all of higher education. 

 

That's what this report provides -- valuable context and background as we move forward with the process of determining how we see tomorrow for UK and all those we serve. In the coming weeks, we will be identifying and reporting back to you on areas of potential distinction for our institution as well as ways that we might fund our efforts and measure our progress. We want to thank these teams of committed UK scholars, students and staff, who have put so much of themselves already into the development of our new strategic plan. They are devoting countless hours to this critically important endeavor. We are confident their work -- and their collaboration with so many of you across this campus -- will yield a compelling roadmap for our next six years of work together. 

 

Thank you,

 

President Eli Capilouto          Provost Christine Riordan 

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