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A Message from President Benson

As our 2011-2015 Strategic Plan is nearing the end of its utility, it has sparked the formation of an EKU Strategic Planning Steering Committee to begin the process of creating a visionary five-year strategic plan to help guide Eastern’s course to 2020. Our new strategic plan will be a bold, forward thinking strategy focusing on academic and institutional excellence, student success, and service to our community and region.

The Steering Committee will conduct its work by honoring shared governance principles, all the while being aggressive and bold as to what we aspire. Specifically, the committee will seek ideas and guidance in establishing a vision, mission, values, goals, strategic initiatives, and key performance indicators. We will work within the EKU organizational structure to recognize the voice of every student, faculty, and staff member, as well as other EKU stakeholders. I have charged this committee to build a plan that is inclusive, equitable, and diverse, as these priorities are vital to our future’s success.

Update: August 13, 2014

When the need for an updated strategic plan for Eastern Kentucky University was realized, priorities were immediately outlined and they remain. 
They are: 

  • academic and institutional excellence;
  • a commitment to student success;
  • and service to our community and region.

It is with these priorities as its focus that the Strategic Planning Steering Committee has made tremendous strides towards creating a new plan to outline Eastern’s priorities for the next five years.  In addition to a Committee that my administration made every effort to ensure represented the broad range of University interests, our EKU Facilitation Center conducted 13 different Focus Group sessions attended by 215 people whereby the different constituencies Eastern represents each have had multiple opportunities for input.  Additionally, 410 individuals responded to the survey seeking your input.  I am so pleased with the amount of participation we have had in this very important process.

From these sessions, the Committee has arrived at the point where it is ready, with the input of campus, to create goals that will guide us from our mission to a bold vision.  To gather this input which is vital to the plan’s success, our Input Teams will be relied heavily upon.  These 101 individuals representing academic leadership, administrative leadership, faculty, staff, and students, have already met at least once and will be meeting again in August to provide feedback on the mission, vision, and draft goals.  Following the incorporation of the Input Team feedback, the entire campus community will be asked to provide feedback on the new mission, vision, and goals

Thank you
Michael Benson
President, Eastern Kentucky University

Update: June 24, 2015

Behind every successful institution is a strategic plan that accurately reflects its vision, mission and values; effectively appropriates its human, physical and financial resources; and undergirds its direction, its hopes and its dreams.

Eastern Kentucky University has such a plan.
As we continue to work together in moving the University forward, “Make No Little Plans: A Vision for 2020” focuses on six strategic goals: Academic Excellence, Commitment to Student Success, Institutional Distinction, Financial Strength, Campus Revitalization and Service to Communities and Region.
The best, most effective strategic plan is one driven by the aspirations of those who live and breathe it every day. Our new Strategic Plan is the result of the collaborative efforts of a cross-section of the campus community: a dedicated team of faculty, staff and students whose members are committed to the betterment of the University, its continued growth and, most of all, the success of our students. The final product validates our commitment at EKU to shared governance.
I want to thank the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the input and strategic initiative teams and all the members of our campus community who participated in the development of an outstanding plan that I am confident will guide us to even greater heights of excellence. The University is already stronger for their vision and their efforts, and I am truly excited to see where this leads us as we continue to “Make No Little Plans.”
It’s a great day to be a Colonel, and the best is yet to come!
Thank you, 
Michael T. Benson
President, Eastern Kentucky University
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