Phase 1- Research/Benchmarking

During this phase, the Planning Committee explored the history, context, and background surrounding the Six Key Initiatives, and developed a strong understanding of trends that are currently impacting the landscape of higher education.

The Committee collected existing data and information about the University and its environment, obtained additional benchmarking data, conducted surveys and focus groups with various stakeholders, discovered issues which need to be addressed, identified opportunities, and analyzed UK's competitive market.


Phase 2- Input/Planning

The planning committee utilized the data collected in Phase 1 to publish a Research Report on Trends in Higher Education. This report provided a starting point for the team to engage with and receive feedback from the University community regarding these key trends. Using that input, the Integration Committee began bringing together the work of the entire Planning Committee by merging the six strategic areas and identifying additional areas that have emerged throughout the planning process. The team explored:

  • How to position the University to succeed going forward
  • How to operationalize plans associated with the strategic areas

The team is also revisiting and refining the University's vision, making sure that it is consonant with the conclusions that are being reached. There will be numerous conversations and reviews during this phase.  Community members are encouraged to get involved by attending Town Halls and Speaker Series events. This process will culminate in a final "piñata" document, a document that will be distributed to the community for suggestions and feedback: everyone will have the opportunity to "take a whack" at the piñata. 


Phase 3- Feedback

In mid-April, the Planning Committee will release the piñata to campus for a broad discussion about the plan. Working Groups will hold Town Hall discussions to engage the community. 

Town Hall dates include:

  • April 15: "Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community"  
  • April 29:  "Create a Robust Research and Creative Environment" 
  • May 1: "Create a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff" and "Stabilize and Strengthen our Portfolio of Graduate and Professional Programs"
  • May 5: "Have a Meaningful Impact on the Community and Commonwealth"
  • May 6  "Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK" 

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Phase 4- Revise

This phase involves incorporating the community feedback from the town halls, forums, meetings with academic leadership, as well as input submitted through the "seetomorrow." email, into the piñata. The Integration Committee will use this information to finalize the Strategic Plan.


Phase 5- Review and Comment

President Capilouto will present the plan to the Board of Trustees for review. Throughout this phase, the Board will provide feedback on the plan as a whole.  


Phase 6- Implement

After the Board of Trustees approves the plan, the Planning Committee will appoint an Implementation Committee to oversee its adoption and progress. This committee will monitor the strategies, tactics and metrics within the plan to ensure a smooth implementation.


Phase 7- Monitor/Adjust

Moving forward, “see tomorrow.” doesn’t stop with the ratification of the plan. It just begins. Scorecards for each initiative will be developed to measure UK's progress – short-term and long-term. Three years into the plan, a mid-course evaluation will take place to mark progress and gaps. A speaker series and other communications will be ongoing throughout the implementation process.