Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Changing for Excellence

Being good stewards of scarce resources

We have a responsibility to our students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the taxpayers of Kansas and our donors, to ensure that we devote every dollar possible to teaching, discovery and public service. Additionally, if we hope to take advantage of the opportunities in front of us and raise KU’s stature as a world-class university, we must transform the way we operate.

To do that, we have undertaken an intensive review of how we do business at KU and identified ways we can be more effective. This site documents the process by which we arrived at a range of recommended efficiencies, which are outlined in the Phase I Report.

Thanks to input from across the university community, we are now in the process of implementing many of those recommendations. Two sites provide more information about the ongoing implementation process: one for the Lawrence Campus and one for the KU Medical Center.

Together, we can transform KU so that we are better able to achieve our shared mission of lifting students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

- Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little



Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.

This effort is supported by Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, as well as our initiative to reduce administrative costs, Changing for Excellence.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times