President's Priorities

The University of Kentucky is an institution with momentum. And as faculty, students, staff and supporters of UK, you make that progress and momentum possible.

With new high-tech residence halls, concrete plans to construct vibrant learning and research spaces, an undergraduate core curriculum that is drawing national praise and researchers recognized around the globe for the work they do that changes lives and communities, the University of Kentucky has a vision to be a nationally recognized public institution with global reach and a commitment to our Commonwealth.

To make that ambitious vision a reality, throughout the past year, students, faculty and staff across our campus, working on several committees, have devoted countless hours to developing the University of Kentucky Strategic Plan.We are very grateful for these outstanding efforts on behalf of our institution. The work they have done thus far has yielded rich data and tremendous ideas for how we can move forward as institution boldly and thoughtfully.

Now, we are ready to take the next step in completing the Strategic Plan, with the goal of presenting it to the Board of Trustees for its consideration in June. Led by Provost Tracy and the co-chairs of the Strategic Plan committees, efforts over the next several weeks will focus on refining the important work done in five areas:

  1. Undergraduate student success
  2. Diversity and inclusivity
  3. Community engagement and impact
  4. Graduate education (we will address professional education initiatives separately once this process is completed)
  5. Research

To keep updated on the process and to provide feedback, visit the Strategic Plan website. 

To support our institutional planning, the University recently adopted guiding principles for our capital priorities. UK’s Master Plan is a community concept for the campus and was developed with the understanding that our campus, in its entirety, is more than a mere functional arrangement of buildings, roads, walkways, parking lots and landscapes. It has the potential to define a collective experience of place and community, which is an essential part of the teaching, research, and learning experience for faculty, staff and students.

We realize that while our campus is the Commonwealth, the University is in and of Lexington. We underwent this planning process with a community concept in mind and held several meetings with community constituents. Their input brought forth an impressive plan and guiding principles for our growth.

At the October 2013 Board of Trustees retreat, the Board adopted the following guiding principles:

  • Academic environment: creating a 21st century learning environment that supports the needs of today’s students
  • Campus life: enhancing the student life experience
  • Community: forging partnerships that strengthen neighborhoods and downtown
  • Growth: establishing a long-term plan for growth consistent with UK’s mission
  • Mobility: facilitating safer and more efficient mobility
  • Landscape structure: establishing legible open space and landscaping that improves campus quality
  • Sustainability: integrating sustainability in every aspect of planning

For more information on both planning processes, supporting materials and community input, please visit the dedicated Strategic Plan website and Master Plan website