FROM STRATEGIC PLANNING TO STRATEGIC DOING
As the University of Kansas ramped up efforts to develop strategic advantage that would carry the institution far into the future, the nation and the world were knocked back by a global pandemic that affected and continues to affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of human beings. While the pandemic forced the university to rapidly adjust instruction, it also presented an opportunity to seek new strength through rapid managment of complex change.
Crises the nature of COVID-19 are exceedingly rare. For all of us, the only way out is through. As Jayhawks we choose to not only make it through, but to also rise to the challenge and rise to the prominence that awaits those who are smart, those who are nimble, those who are collaborative, those who are able to marshal their resources in creative ways that are right for the future.
On May 22, 2020, Provost Bichelmeyer announced a blending of KU's strategic doing efforts, Jayhawks Rising, with a call to address the new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is opportunity to be found within the chaos. Innovation will help KU weather the hardship brought on by coronavirus and will allow the institution to emerge as a stronger leader in higher education.
A Message From Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer,
Change is hard. An institution like ours, which has existed for 155 years, has many long-held traditions and patterns of operation that are ingrained in our culture. And yet, we are faced with the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous disruptions to our way of doing things. As a result, we’ve had no choice other than to make sweeping changes, in record time, to keep our people safe.
These rapid adjustments have challenged us, and they are not yet over. Read more...
During the Feb. 28 Campus Conversation, members of the campus community met to review ideas and insight gathered during previous events and activities. They also took part in an exercise to help determine our master objectives and what needs to happen for KU to be successful.
The Strategic Planning Implementation Team continues to collect input from the task presented at the Campus Conversation. Small groups of faculty, staff, students and other community members are encouraged to view the presentation video and then complete the group assignment (described below) by March 20.
During the Feb. 28 Campus Conversation to launch Jayhawks Rising, participants in-person and online were invited to take part in an exercise on strategic doing. Results from the exercise helped guide formation of Design Challenge teams and their charges. To better understand the process, download the exercise materials.