The Dream & the Challenge

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Reach for National Prominence

Attract and Graduate Outstanding Students

Attract, Develop and Retain a Distinguished Faculty

Discover, Share and Apply New Knowledge

Nurture Diversity of Thought, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity

Elevate the Quality of Life for Kentuckians










n 1997 the Kentucky General Assembly passed the landmark Postsecondary Education Improvement Act, commonly referred to as "House Bill 1," which established goals that postsecondary education should achieve by the year 2020. Achieving these goals will enable Kentucky to develop a standard of living and quality of life that meets or exceeds the national average. House Bill 1 specifically calls for the University of Kentucky to become one of the nation's top 20 public research universities by the year 2020. The University welcomes that expectation and is committed to fulfilling it. Nevertheless, national recognition is not an end in itself; rather, it is a product of excellence in fulfilling our mission and serving the Commonwealth.

In response to House Bill 1, President Lee T. Todd, Jr. appointed a task force to recommend criteria and measures by which the University will regularly assess progress toward becoming a nationally preeminent public research university. The President's Top 20 Task Force issued its report in April 2002. The President also created a task force in July 2001 to recommend areas of research and creative endeavor in which investments of new or reallocated resources should be made. The Task Force on the University of Kentucky Futures: Faculty for the 21st Century issued its report in March 2002. In October 2002 President Todd initiated development of the University's next strategic plan -- The Dream and the Challenge. This plan will guide the actions of the University of Kentucky, including Lexington Community College, for the next three years, July 1, 2003 , through June 30, 2006 . The recommendations of the Top 20 Task Force provide the framework for the strategic plan, informed by input from other task forces and commissions. A three-year period was selected so that the University could be flexible and respond aggressively to the demands of a rapidly changing environment and a more diverse and interdependent global society.

An Executive Steering Committee and three subcommittees representing the academic, business and clinical enterprise communities of the University developed this plan, The Dream and the Challenge. Significant input was also obtained from many University constituents, including the Futures Committee, the President's Commission on Diversity, the President's Commission on Women, and other committees that have recommended University enhancements. As part of the planning process, the University's mission, vision and value statements were reviewed and revised. The Board of Trustees adopted the revised statements on April 1, 2003 .

The following goals, objectives and key indicators provide a blueprint for faculty, staff and administrators to follow as they build one of the nation's 20 best public research universities and a nationally recognized community college. Each goal emphasizes a single aspect of the University. Yet, as with a blueprint for a complex building with multiple subsystems, the goals and objectives must be integrated to form a complete picture of the University's plan for the future.

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Dream & Challenge * Vision * Goal I * Goal II * Goal III * Goal IV * Goal V * Goal VI * Top