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Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning at UNK: Realizing the Vision, Phase II

effective through 2012 and reaffirmed for 2013-2016 

During Phase I of our strategic planning process, the Strategic Planning Committee -- informed by broad campus input and dialogue -- developed a comprehensive, consensus statement of UNK’s mission, vision, goals, objectives, and high-value directions for program development. This foundational document (.pdf) then provided guidance to unit managers for Phase II budget and operating decisions, thus making the classic strategic link between broad goals and specific activity in day-to-day affairs.  

During Phase II, we emphasized that important institutional goals require units to “see” and collaborate across functional boundaries.  As Phase II "supporting" plans were developed, we sought to capture the best thinking of our specialists relative to aligning priorities and programs with Phase I guidance.  

In addition, parallel to and in association with development of our Phase I Plan we prepared a general blueprint to enhance the physical campus.  That document (.pdf), which the University’s Board of Regents reviewed, is now an important part of the family of implementing plans that describe the major ways we are attempting to realize our institutional vision. 

The Enrollment Management Council convened in 2008, and with the assistance of the Noel-Levitz enrollment consulting firm, developed a Strategic Enrollment plan (.pdf) [summarized in the Strategic Enrollment Plan Executive Summary (.pdf)]. The plan, completed in June 2009, addresses institutional objectives for student recruitment and success. In 2011, the Student Success Council built on this work and developed a Student Success plan (.pdf) to address retention activities and improvement of graduation rate.  

Seven implementation plans have been completed throughout Phase II:

Each of these Phase II supporting plans, like the Phase I document itself, provides guidelines for proceeding within the context of current or foreseeable circumstances.  While representing our best thinking on the matters they address, we recognize and anticipate the need to thoughtfully to adjust and add to them as our situation and goals may evolve.