NKU STATEMENT ON INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE
Greetings NKU Community,
Thank you for your participation and commitment to developing NKU’s 2022 Inclusive Plan: Catalyzing Institutional and Educational Excellence. Sixty-five students, faculty and staff worked tirelessly from August 2016 through March 2017 to develop an integrated institutional Inclusive Excellence Plan. In November 2017, the Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) approved NKU’s Plan. The approved Plan can be located at the bottom of this page. Paralleling these efforts, the colleges and administrative units have developed their individual Inclusive Excellence Plans, which align with the institutional plan and offer an opportunity highlight their respective missions and disciplines.
NKU’s Statement on Inclusive Excellence:
NKU is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion that embraces individual uniqueness and creates a sense of belonging through respectful interactions and opportunities to fully participate in the life of the university. It is our aspiration that the 2022 Inclusive Excellence Plan will serve as NKU’s north star by providing us with a vision and a practice for embedding inclusive excellence into all aspects of the university by collaborating in the design and implementation of broad and specific diversity initiatives; leveraging the educational and institutional benefits of diversity; and creating a community that enables all students, faculty, and staff, whatever their identity, background, or institutional position to thrive, realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully in university life, and contribute to the well-being of others.
With great appreciation,
2022 Inclusive Excellence Plan: Catalyzing Institutional and Educational Excellence
The University’s Inclusive Excellence Plan is situated within the framework that emerged from the efforts of CPE (Council for Post-Secondary Education) to develop a new state-wide policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a process for setting educational opportunity goals and determining eligibility to offer new degree programs. This new policy is “grounded on the premise that to truly prepare students for life and work in an increasingly diverse society, Kentucky higher education institutions shall develop a plan to embrace diversity and equity…commit to improving academic achievement for all students, create an inclusive campus environment, and produce culturally competent graduates for the workforce.”
To view the Institutional Inclusive Excellence Plan, please click here.
 Kentucky Public Postsecondary Education Policy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. adopted by CPE: September 23, 2016 (PDF)