This week marks 100 days since I became NKU’s sixth president. During this time, I promised to listen and learn, explore everything that’s possible and share ideas to take advantage of the opportunities of tomorrow.
Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of:
And that’s just scratching the surface! Please take a look at this short video for a glimpse of a few highlights from the past 100 days.
This is a moment to reflect on what I have learned and anticipate all that lies ahead as we take the next step in our journey. We have just launched our Strategic Framework process and are gathering your input, which is essential to building the university’s strategy for the next three years and beyond. Here is where we are with the process:
With each conversation, I continue to be impressed with how deeply everyone cares about helping our students fulfill their dreams. We have tremendous opportunities to serve current and future NKU students by “managing the present,” “selectively forgetting the past” and “creating the future.” Learn more about Vijay Govindarajan’s 3 Box Solution, which is being used in building our framework.
Through the summer and the start of the fall semester, we witnessed an unanticipated decline in enrollment, largely due to a smaller-entering first-year class and a drop in retention of continuing students. This challenge needs immediate attention and action. After consulting with various campus constituents, I have authorized a one-time investment of $1.2 million for marketing, retention and recruitment efforts that will impact both current and new students enrolling in fall 2019. I have asked Vice Presidents Eric Gentry and Kim Scranage to take the lead in our marketing efforts; Provost Sue Ott Rowlands and Vice President Dan Nadler to co-lead the retention efforts; and Vice President Scranage and Assistant Vice President Leah Stewart to augment our recruitment efforts. They are soliciting and engaging faculty, chairs, deans, staff and students in this collaborative work to deliver results. Thank you in advance for all that you are doing to maintain our focus on stabilizing and growing our enrollment.
There is a lot of work to do over the coming months as we develop and implement the three-year strategic framework for NKU. As I mentioned in an earlier communication, it will not always be easy, but it will be rewarding. Thank you for your commitment to our university. I am deeply appreciative of your talents and am confident that together, we will build a stronger NKU.
Ashish K. Vaidya, Ph.D.
Northern Kentucky University
800 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099