The strategic plan for KU


It’s a feature that has served the world’s universities well. Governments and national boundaries change, but universities have endured — many trace their origins back several centuries.

This stability is the bedrock of academic freedom and expression but also may lead a university community to disregard looming challenges and the urgent need for significant change.

At the University of Kansas — old KU, as our Alma Mater says — almost every aspect of our university is undergoing sweeping change. These changes are happening not through top-down directives, but thanks to the engaged effort of the full university community.

Bold Aspirations, the strategic plan for the University of Kansas, is the template for this transformation. The plan itself was the result of engaged, comprehensive campus dialog that continues to flourish during our third year of implementation.

We have enhanced our interactions with undergraduate and graduate students, funded innovative multidisciplinary projects poised to create major innovations, transformed our operations, reimagined our historic campus, and worked together to establish regular faculty reviews.

Our Year 3 Annual Report reviews these accomplishments through stories of faculty and staff and illustrates how the 150-year history of our flagship university — the stability of our past — has laid the foundation for an even brighter future.

See the sample of
Bold Aspirations
Introduction from the
and the Provost
Year 4
Areas of Focus
Six goals,
22 individual strategies

Snapshot of the Bold Aspirations plan

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
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