New app, website design will keep UK community updated on Strategic Plan

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UK President Eli Capilouto unveiled a new app and website designed to inform the UK community on the university’s progress on the five-year Strategic Plan on Tuesday.

The app cost about $15,000 to produce, which came from the university’s marketing budget, and the website was produced in-house with staff resources, according to an email from university spokesman Jay Blanton.

Blanton said that Capilouto’s evaluation by the UK Board of Trustees encouraged an address to the university about its endeavors and the achievements of its students, but Capilouto didn’t feel an evolving status could be captured in a single speech.

“The idea is that the university is not static,” Blanton wrote in the email. “Its story can best be told through the stories of our people — the faculty, students, staff and alums whose hard work and incredible accomplishments make UK such a special place.”

The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan includes major renovations to campus, like the new $201 million student center, the promotion of inclusivity and diversity in the community, and the fostering of UK’s research projects.

In addition to providing updates of the Strategic Plan, the app and website will feature stories of student and faculty successes.

“As for what is chosen, we are always looking for people — faculty, students, staff and alums — who tell the UK story: the academic achievement of students, incredible research by our faculty and staff that is changing and saving lives, and service that is transforming communities,” Blanton wrote in the email.