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Dear Colleagues:

I write to report the progress of our Strategic Planning Committee.  Thank you to the faculty, staff, and students who attended the series of open forums I held over the past two months.  We had over 500 participants at the 10 open forums.  At each forum, I posed a series of “clicker questions.”  The presentations and responses from the audience are available on the strategic planning website (  In addition, notes taken from the 15 hours of comments are available on the reading materials page.

Seven work groups composed of 112 faculty, staff, and students diligently worked on assigned topics for the past eight weeks.  The work groups completed their papers and made presentations of their findings to the Strategic Planning Committee on March 20.  These papers are informative and compelling for NKU’s future, and I encourage you to review the findings of the work groups.  The papers have been posted on the reading materials page under “work group materials.”

We had a remarkable response to the mission, vision, and values survey, and I thank everyone who participated and gave their thoughtful input.  There were 990 responses from faculty and staff, which was an overall response rate of 47%, and the response rate for full-time faculty and staff was 57%.  We received responses from 1,792 students.  These are excellent response rates, especially for a detailed and thought-provoking survey.  We are still in the process of analyzing the input and coding the open-ended responses.  When this work is completed, the information will be posted on the strategic planning website.

I have also begun meeting with external groups as a part of the planning process.  I had an excellent meeting last month with the leaders of the Alumni Association and the Young Alumni Association.  In the coming weeks, I will meet with the NKU Foundation, the NKU Research Foundation, the local chambers of commerce, CEOs of large regional employers, local economic development agencies, and city and county officials.  In addition, we have invited alumni and other external stakeholders to provide comments and feedback through a survey form that is available on the strategic planning website.

I encourage you to provide any comments you wish to make to the Strategic Planning Committee through either the electronic forum on the strategic planning website, or as an email that can be sent directly to the committee at  The committee is eager to hear from our colleagues, and we appreciate all the efforts and comments provided for the planning process.  

We are building a bright future for the University’s 50th anniversary.  Thank you for your engagement and commitment to our students and entire University community.



Geoffrey S. Mearns
Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
800 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Phone: 859-572-5123
Fax: 859-572-6696