Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little
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Message: Update on the budget

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Over the weekend, by the narrowest of majorities the Kansas Legislature passed the state budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015, which Governor Brownback is expected to sign into law.

Despite advocacy that included the work of Jayhawks for Higher Education, legislators cut the University of Kansas budget by $13.53 million over the next two years. The cut for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses is $5.26 million, while the reduction for the KU Medical Center is $8.27 million. These were made via across-the-board reductions, as well as sweeps of salary funds. Legislators also included restrictions on what kinds of cutbacks KUMC is allowed to make.

We are now evaluating the budget and its restrictions, and will work with deans, directors and other university leaders to implement the cutbacks that will be a consequence of this latest chapter in the state’s disinvestment in its universities.

Our goals will be to protect the university’s core mission and our areas of excellence. Just as we have used Bold Aspirations to guide our investments as we seek to elevate our position relative to national peers, it will also guide us as we make the necessary cutbacks.

These budget cuts will make our task more difficult, but we will continue our efforts to elevate the quality and stature of our university for the benefit of the students and state we serve.


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.

Task Force on Sexual Assault

Chancellor Gray-Little has formed a task force of students, faculty, and staff to recommend how the university can better prevent and respond to sexual assaults. You can learn more about the task force and submit your recommendations at

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.


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