K-State Announces Its NextGen Strategic Plan

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Posted September 11, 2023

Kansas State University unveiled the new K-State NextGen Strategic Plan after experiencing more than a year in development.

In development since July 2022, the NextGen strategic plan conducted 10,000 surveys, interviews, focus groups and listening sessions to get a wide range of perspectives focusing on K-State’s new next-generation land-grant university strategy.

Kansas State University president Richard Linton spoke about the plan on Thursday and said the plan will be the next step in the university and its campuses’ future.

“Being a next-generation land-grant university requires us to renew our commitment to the land-grant mission, which is all about access and opportunity,” Linton said. “But access and opportunity today means something different than it did in 1863 — we must evolve to meet the needs of today’s learners who are seeking different kinds of training and education, and we must embrace our responsibility to serve the state, nation and world through research and engagement in new and exciting ways.”

Key goals of the plan include getting the university’s enrollment to 30,000 learners across all of its campuses by steadily increasing our degree-seeking and credit-bearing student populations and expanding alternative credential-seeking learner populations.

This would include 23,000 to 25,000 degree-seeking and credit-bearing undergraduate and graduate students studying on campus or online, and 5,000 to 7,000 alternative credential-seeking students, including those completing continuing education courses, and earning micro-credentials, according to the university.