Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Meeting our responsibilities as a flagship university

Provost Vitter and Chancellor Gray-Little meet with student leadersAs Kansas' flagship university, the University of Kansas has special responsibilities. These are reflected in the university's mission: to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

A comprehensive effort enhances the university's ability to achieve its mission, and ensures the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities. Through Bold Aspirations, KU's strategic plan, the university has changed the way it prepares students for success. Research and scholarship is fostered across all disciplines. And KU is sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world. 

On this page, you can learn more about the background of Bold Aspirations, as well as initiatives that helped form the foundation for the effort. The plan itself is located at boldaspirations.ku.edu.

To reduce administrative costs and free up resources to invest in teaching and research, KU has also undergone a comprehensive review of our operations, called Changing for Excellence. This helped the university be good stewards of the scarce resources it receives from students and families, taxpayers, and donors. Following the execution of that plan, KU continues to seek out ways to streamline its operations and seek new efficiencies.

All of these efforts help the university better meet its responsibilities to our students and our society.

 


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.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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.