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Goal 4 - Stewardship of the University's Infrastructure

Kutztown University will maintain and enhance physical, financial, and human resources necessary to fulfill its mission.


Objective 4.1

Fundraise $2,535,000 in private sponsorship through collaboration with the KU Foundation

The university did not meet the targeted amount for private support in 2012-13. The departure of the KU Foundation Executive Director during the year negatively impacted the achievement of fundraising goals. The university will work with the KU Foundation to identify a new Executive Director to support the achievement of fundraising goals in 2013-14.

2013-14 Actions
• Assist the KU Foundation with a national search for a new executive director.

Prior year results:
The KU Foundation raised a total of $1,999,676 in 2012-13, $535,324 short of the goal. Although this shortfall may be reflective of the lagging national economic environment, the university will continue to work with the KU Foundation to help support the achievement of future fundraising goals.


Objective 4.2

Increase the Sightlines Facilities Investment Score to 64.20%
The Facilities department at the university operates at a very high level compared to its PASSHE and national peers. Although this performance contributes significantly to the achievement of this objective, the university must continue to provide adequate funds for the renewal and replacement of the physical plant.

2013-14 Actions
• The university will identify and invest an appropriate level of funding in support of renewal and renovations projects to adequately maintain its facility infrastructure in support of student success.
• The Facilities department will perform a comprehensive review of its custodial operations to further improve the effectiveness of this unit.

Prior year results:
This goal was achieved as the university invested over $10 million in renewal and replacement projects in 2012-13. The Facilities organization outperformed its peers in the PASSHE by a significant margin, maintaining its position as a leader in operating effectiveness.


Objective 4.3

Continue to improve programs and services by performing annual assessments of key units and using the results in institutional planning, institutional renewal, and resource allocation.

A culture of assessment has been growing at the university for the past several years. Assessment of all units is a priority of the institution and will support the continued improvement of university operations.

2013-14 Actions
• The Implementation Team for Institutional Effectiveness will monitor the objectives and actions in the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan and recommend interventions to Cabinet as needed to support successful outcomes.

• The Implementation Team for Institutional Effectiveness, with support from Cabinet, will ensure 100% participation rate by all academic and non-academic units in the annual assessment cycle.

• The Cabinet will ensure that annual assessment data are used for planning, institutional renewal, and resource allocation.

Prior year results:
All key academic and non-academic units have participated in the annual assessment cycle with an estimated 85 to 90% of the units systematically assessing one or two outcomes each year. A majority of units are tracking their assessments with TracDat, our assessment management system. Assessment results have been used by the university to improve operations and programs as well as to influence resource allocation decisions and provide for institutional renewal. Promotion of larger grouping of units to more systematically and effectively engage in the assessment cycle is underway. All colleges have mission statements, and perhaps most significantly, the university created a Strategic Enrollment Plan in Spring 2013 that identifies goals, objectives, actions, and needed resources.