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Strategic Plan

Central to the identity of the School of Kinesiology and Recreation is the quality and effectiveness of its academic programs. Building on this premise, this Strategic Plan represents a five-year roadmap that aims to take the School of Kinesiology and Recreation from its currently strong and stable state to an even brighter future. The Strategic Plan utilizes past history and meaningful engagement with relevant stakeholders to create a shared vision and framework to effectively move toward that future.

  • Our Values

    • Excellence
    • Applied learning and individualized attention
    • Collaboration
    • Discovery and innovation
    • Shared governance
    • Balanced approach to teaching and research
    • Civic engagement and community outreach
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Respect and integrity
    • Healthy lifestyles
    • Lifelong learning
    • Transparency
    • Responsible use of resources
  • Mission

    Our nationally acclaimed programs equip future leaders, practitioners, and scholars in kinesiology and recreation to contribute to a diverse society through student-centered instruction, campus and community involvement, and experiential learning and discovery.

  • Vision

    To be the place where students want to learn, faculty and staff want to work, and employers want to hire.

Goals, Strategies, and Action Items

  • 1

    Provide a positive School culture that promotes recognition, collaboration, and collegiality.

    • Celebrate and promote our collegial School culture.
    • Provide School-level awards that recognize faculty and staff achievements.
    • Foster collaboration and communication across our undergraduate and graduate programs among faculty, staff and students.
    • Provide a welcoming environment for a diverse and changing population.
  • 2

    Cultivate innovation and excellence in teaching and scholarship.

    • Design educational opportunities that promote hands-on, applied, and service-learning experiences within and beyond the classroom.
    • Deliver creative and innovative courses that meet the needs of the diverse student population and enrollment challenges.
    • Design learning experiences that are cutting edge and responsive to evolving workplaces and professional standards.
    • Increase student engagement in scholarly activities.
    • Promote cross- and inter-disciplinary research and learning opportunities within and beyond the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
    • Increase visibility, funding, and impact of research and other scholarly activities.
    • Provide support for new and diverse research and teaching methods, technologies, and skills.
  • 3

    Foster a culture of engagement and collaboration with external agencies, entities, and organizations.

    • Develop and maintain a strategic communications plan to raise visibility and celebrate the achievements of programs, professional services, and external partnerships.
    • Maintain, promote, and expand service and civic engagement efforts through the sharing of knowledge and resources within and beyond the campus community.
    • Engage with external partners and constituencies to build and expand the human and structural capacity of the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
    • Work with external partners and constituencies to seek and obtain new funding and revenue sources to support scholarships, graduate assistantships, and resources for programs and initiatives.
    • Promote collaboration, engagement, and partnerships with external agencies to develop educational, service, and research opportunities.
  • 4

    Provide an open, diverse, and inclusive work environment built upon respect, communication, integrity, and collaborative work for the KNR community.

    • Recruit and retain a diverse student, faculty and staff population to foster a more creative and innovative workplace.
    • Incorporate diversity into learning experiences that prepare students to work and lead in a diverse society.
    • Provide ongoing professional development toward cultural competency and inclusion.
    • Embrace diverse talents and perspectives to cultivate respect and promote success.
    • Create and invest in opportunities that value and capitalize on diversity (e.g., guest speakers, international collaboration and experiences, newsletter, social media, etc.).