In fall of 2011, KU launched Bold Aspirations — a five-year strategic plan to, “transform KU and earn recognition among the top tier of public international research universities." Bold Aspirations (BA) outlines six goals aimed at energizing the educational environment, elevating doctoral education, driving discovery and innovation, engaging scholarship for public impact, developing excellence in people and developing resource and infrastructure.
The project, which resulted in the Scanning and Document Workflow service, was launched in 2011 and is a direct result of Bold Aspirations. Prior to the project, a few units on campus had implemented the technology within their unit to manage heavy document workloads. Bold Aspirations created an opportunity for the university to take a big-picture approach to document imaging and workflow at KU.
KU contracted with Perceptive Software to purchase university-wide licenses and enterprise technical support. This expansion of licenses and support has allowed administrative units and academic departments to share workflows and improve student service. For example, prior to this implementation a student who wanted to apply to the Communications department would have to pick up their transcript at the Visitors Center and walk it to the department to be verified for admission. Now, the two departments share the information and save the student a trip.
|KU CIO Bob Lim accepting the award on behalf of the University of Kansas.|
Phase one participants included the Admissions Office, Financial Aid & Scholarships, the Office of the University Registrar, the Comptroller’s Office, Research and Graduate Studies, Human Resources and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more about the workflows that emerged from the phase one project, see Workflows.
In fall 2013, the University of Kansas received an ImpacT Award, which recognizes businesses and organizations in the Kansas City area that have successfully completed projects to deliver efficiency and environmental benefits.