Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz juggles reality of flat state funding to higher education, signs students are racking up huge college debt and missed opportunities created by upper-tier athletics programs.
All the while, the third-year president plows ahead with a daunting goal of lifting Kansas State into ranks of the top 50 public research universities by 2025. That will require the university to eclipse as many as 40 competitors nationwide.
Schulz said Kansas State would begin rising to a peer of Iowa State University, North Carolina State University or Colorado State University by making certain over the next year that faculty and staff were working from the same play book.
"I argue that Kansas State has never had a really effective plan for what they want to do in the future," Schulz said in an interview at The Topeka Capital-Journal. "We've kind of grown organically. If we saw an opportunity, we responded to it. But there wasn't a set of clear objectives that you said, 'Okay, here is what we want all employees working towards.'"