Western Kentucky University releases updated draft of strategic plan

On Tuesday afternoon, Western Kentucky University revealed its latest draft of their strategic plan for 2018-2028.

"The strategic plan is the university’s road map for the next ten years," said WKU Media Relations Director Bob Skipper. "This is where we as a collective community want to see the direction of the university take and how we want to grow so that we can better serve our communities. 

It’s a road map that university officials are hoping leads to success. The map, though, is still missing some of its final details, with the finished strategic plan set to be announced later in August.

This is a draft," Skipper said. "It will be discussed by the Board of Regents at their retreat on [Thursday, August 2]."

The new draft is an updated version of the strategic plan released by WKU back in April.

Skipper also said that they’ve proceeded through the entire drafting process using an idea of inclusiveness, involving as many parties at WKU as possible to provide their input on the plan and its goals.

"It started with a committee that gathered information from across the various constituencies of the university," he added. "From faculty, staff, students to alumni, corporate and community members. What this is is our collective vision." 

The latest vision of this plan has been broken down in three distinct sections – the students, the university, and the community. Each section has specific details on goals its aiming to reach, and how to go about reaching them within the ten year time frame that this plan encompasses.

"This falls hand-in-hand with our vision of being a student-centered, applied-research university," said Skipper. "It also recognizes that we need to be intentional partners with members of our community. We have a responsibility to make sure that our communities, that we’re good partners with them and that we help elevate these communities and the people within them."

The full details of the new strategic plan can be found here.