The strategic plan for KU

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Bold Aspirations has made us a BETTER university.


We’re stronger.

We’re providing more support right out of the gate.

First- and second-year students receive

  • immersive learning opportunities
  • personalized academic advising
  • more tutoring options

374 unique courses used early intervention systems to decrease drop, fail, and withdrawal rates.

13% increase in tutoring services from 2015 to 2016.

1,300 students participated in weekly peer-led study sessions in 2015-16.


We’re reaching out.

KU’s growing diversity is reason to celebrate —but the work isn’t finished. We’re providing more support services for low-income and first-generation students, boosting professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and continuing to ask the question, “How can we do even better?”

22% increase in the number of minority students (not including international students) between 2011 and 2015.

22% increase in the number of minority faculty between 2011 and 2015.

37,000 Jayhawks were asked to participate in a climate survey about the living and working environment at KU.


We’re expanding.

With our Central District redevelopment and infrastructure updates, KU is investing in our largest expansion project in almost 100 years.

280,000 square feet of interdisciplinary research space — including 5 new core labs and 220 fume hoods — in the Integrated Science Building

700 seats in the conference space of the new student union.

1,250 students in new residence hall and apartment complexes.


Our research goes further.

Through support for KU’s research mission, our faculty secure external funding and move the needle on research and innovation.

52% increase in scholarly citations in the past three years (95,073 citations in 2015 alone).

291% increase in material transfer agreements in the past five years.

38th among public institutions for federal R&D expenditures.


We’re worldwide.

Through new online degree and certificate programs and enhanced international student recruitment efforts, more Jayhawks are coming to KU from near and far.

11.2% growth in international student enrollment from 2011 to 2015.

336% increase in number of online business graduate students.

88.9% increase in number of online education graduate students.

Current and Previous years of Bold Aspirations

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Bold Aspirations
Six goals,
22 individual strategies