News in brief

Strategic planning steering committee begins work

The strategic action plan steering committee led by Provost Jeff Vitter and Mabel Rice, the Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies, has begun its work. The committee recently met, and Vitter presented a table of performance indicators including how KU compares to fellow American Association of Universities institutions in several key categories.

The presentation was the first stage of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis for the university. The provostís full presentation (PDF) is available online, and a list of committee members is available on the strategic planning website.

Program seeks Thanksgiving hosts for international students

International Student and Scholar Services is seeking interested families to participate in the 56th Annual Betty Grimwood Thanksgiving Homestay Program. Area families are needed to host one or more international students from Nov. 23 to 28. Families are also needed on Nov. 25 only to provide Thanksgiving dinner to one or more international students.

Families interested in hosting a student and sharing holiday traditions should contact International Student and Scholar Services at 864-3617 or e-mail the program coordinator at for more information. Families will be connected with students soon, so participants are encouraged to send their information as soon as possible.

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Kevin Liu, associate director, Confucius Institute


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