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About 2025 Strategic Plan

The School of Family Studies and Human Services is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families. Through interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement, our nationally prominent faculty produce developmentally informed practitioners, researchers and educators, conducting leading edge research that serves Kansans.

The School moves forward in its efforts to realize the many worthwhile goals consistent with the university's 2025 Strategic Plan. This page will inform and direct viewers to the specific steps that are needed in order for the School to make the vision of 2025 a reality.

Dorothy B. Durband, Ph.D.
Professor and School Director
dottie@k-state.edu

The 2025 Strategic Plan within the School of Family Studies and Human Services identifies four main themes that are made possible through specific outcomes and action steps. The main themes are identified below and include a vision statement and an overarching goal that guides the School's outcomes and action steps.

THEME I - RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP, CREATIVE ACTIVITY, AND DISCOVERY

Vision: Conduct comprehensive research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on mental, physical, relational and financial health and well-being through multidisciplinary collaborations.

Goal: Each unit of the School will set and reach its bi-annual benchmarks for research, scholarship, creative activity and discovery in order to contribute to the School's research mission.

THEME II - TRANSFORMATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Vision: Provide transformational educational experiences to all undergraduate students. Students in the School will have access to rich, unique and diverse educational experiences that positively impact their careers and lives.

Goal: All units of the School will be supportive of transformational undergraduate education and will contribute as is appropriate to high quality teaching, mentoring and transformational experiences offered to FSHS undergraduate students in timely support of completion of their degrees.

THEME III - EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE EDUCATION

Vision: Provide excellent graduate education that equips PhD students for research-associated careers, and MS students for careers in practice, clinical or therapy settings. The faculty within the School will educate students that are highly coveted by private industry, public service agencies, governmental agencies, and academic institutions. 

Goal: All units of the School will be supportive of excellence in graduate education and will contribute as is appropriate to the high quality teaching, mentoring and professional, research experience offered to FSHS graduate students in timely support of completion of their degrees.

THEME IV - DISSEMINATION AND APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE (ENGAGEMENT)

Vision: To enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities at the local, national and international levels, FSHS is engaged in collaborative research, teaching and service to address human needs in order to improve societal conditions.

Goal: All units of the School will contribute to the dissemination and application of knowledge (i.e. the land-grant mission) through engaged teaching, research and service. 

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