Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

Socrates

Student Success

Provide a supportive, student-centered educational environment that promotes academic success, global awareness, and timely graduation.

Student success is our paramount goal. It is at the core of our mission and is the focus of our strategic plan. We pledge to develop and enrich programs and activities that strengthen student success.

Objectives

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Communicate and assess clear educational goals and learning outcomes that promote academic and career success

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Academic Rigor

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Strengthen and integrate support services for an increasingly diverse student body

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Support Activities

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Promote inclusive excellence and global awareness

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Inclusive excellence

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Enhance the student experience

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Vibrant Campus

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Promote financial access and affordability for students

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Access & affordability

 
 
 

Talent Development

Increase educational attainment levels of the region by serving more students, producing superior graduates, and promoting lifelong learning.

The ability of our region and the Commonwealth to compete in an innovation-driven economy depends on student success. We will work closely with regional employers to ensure our graduates have the knowledge and abilities needed for the workforce of today and tomorrow. This goal focuses on nurturing, developing, attracting, and importing talent –preparing teachers; collaborating with early childhood and P-12 schools; enrolling and graduating more students; and inspiring a passion for lifelong learning across the region.

Objectives

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Enroll more students to increase educational attainment levels

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Educational attainment

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Recruit more transfer students into baccalaureate programs

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Transfer students

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Produce skilled graduates prepared for the workforce, advanced careers, and graduate education

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Skilled graduates

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Assist graduates in the transition from college to work and career advancement

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Career transition

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Inspire passion for lifelong learning across the region

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Lifelong learning

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Improve college readiness across the region and state

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College readiness

Talent Development: By The Numbers

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Academic Innovation

Advance academic programs that are innovative, distinctive, experiential, and transdisciplinary.

Quality academic programs are at the heart of student success. We will take transdisciplinary approaches and provide real-world learning opportunities so that our graduates are well prepared for life, work, and service. And we will have an academic program portfolio that is built upon NKU’s distinctive attributes and regional needs.

Objectives

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Develop and expand transdisciplinary programs, courses, and research

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Transdisciplinary Learning

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Expand applied and experiential learning opportunities across the curriculum and through co-curricular programs

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Experiential learning

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Develop programs and course delivery methods that meet the diverse needs of our student body

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Innovative delivery

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Enhance the quality, relevance, and sustainability of the academic program portfolio

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Academic portfolio

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Expand relevant programs in high-demand fields to meet regional workforce needs

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High-demand programs

 
 
 

Community Engagement

Engage with community partners to catalyze regional growth and vitality.

Active engagement with our community deepens the student experience and enhances regional growth and vitality. We will apply the talents of our faculty, staff, and students through research, outreach, partnerships, and other community engagement activities. Students will learn in a real-world environment and experience the fulfillment that comes from serving others.

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Expand partnerships with business, government, education, and nonprofit organizations

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Expanded partnerships

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Support regional economic growth and job creation

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Economic growth

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Provide leadership, coordination, and support for public engagement activities

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Public engagement

 
 
 

Institutional Excellence

Strengthen the capacity of the University to fulfill its mission and achieve its vision.

Institutional excellence lays the foundation for student success. Our ability to achieve our vision rests with faculty who are passionate about student-centered learning and staff and administrators who are dedicated to providing outstanding service and leadership. In order to sustain and nurture this valuable resource, we will take aggressive steps to secure our financial future, improve effectiveness across all dimensions of our work, and hold ourselves accountable to the public and others who invest in our future.

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Recruit, retain, and develop outstanding faculty and staff

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Outstanding faculty & staff

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Generate new resources from public funds, private giving, and other revenue streams

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New resources

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Secure our financial future through strategic and innovative investments, partnerships, and resource management

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Fiscal stewardship

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Improve organizational effectiveness

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Organizational effectiveness

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Increase public awareness of NKU’s strengths and contributions to the region and state

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Public awareness

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Provide technology that supports effectiveness and innovation across campus

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Effective technology

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Expand and maintain facilities to meet the growing needs of the campus

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Facilities & environment

 
 

Our university is a valuable community resource, so our plan for the future must reflect the needs and aspirations of the community we serve.
-Geoffrey S. Mearns, President, Northern Kentucky University

 
 

Fuel the Flame