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Chancellor prepares for new strategic plan, expects enrollment decline

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Numbers are up but need to go higher was the theme for Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway's [convocation address][1] Thursday afternoon.Women and minority faculty are more numerous than ever before. Student enrollment is trending upward, though Hemenway said he expected a small decline this year. Research funding and national rankings have both climbed as well. But, overall, Hemenway challenged his colleagues to help move the numbers even higher."We are a good university now, an even better university in the future," he said. "A university emerging to an even better level in the future."Hemenway said that the university would soon launch into an effort to develop a cross-campus comprehensive plan to help guide the university's future growth and ambition. Hemenway said he hoped to have the plan completed by the spring.That plan comes on the heels of a comprehensive plan from the university's largest academic unit, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, released this summer and as other deans prepare their own schools' comprehensive plans. [1]: http://www.news.ku.edu/2007/september/6/chancellor.shtml

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