This Wednesday we will welcome members of the Kansas Legislature to two of our campuses as part of their tour of the state’s higher education institutions. Members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees will attend, as will members of the leadership of both chambers.
At the request of the committees, the majority of the visit will be at the University of Kansas Medical Center, with a short stop in Lawrence in the afternoon. In advance of their visit, legislators submitted more than 80 questions, and you can read their questions and our responses here.
I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s visit because it gives us the opportunity to share the remarkable progress we’re making across the university. Kansans deserve a university that is on par with the leading universities in states like Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina, and Bold Aspirations is designed to elevate our performance relative to these peers.
Kansans also deserve a university that educates leaders who will contribute to their communities and our economy, and one that makes discoveries improving the health, well-being and prosperity of our state and society. We have much to be proud of in these areas, and I look forward to legislators having the opportunity to visit with students, stakeholders and business leaders about the university’s importance to Kansas.
In addition to Wednesday’s visit, members of the university leadership and I have been meeting legislators around the state during the past several months. We’ve spoken with them about the challenges their communities face, and how KU can be a partner in solving those challenges.
We’ve also met with alumni during these trips, and we are enhancing Jayhawks for Higher Education by engaging members well before the legislative session so they can be better advocates for the university.
These are challenging times for public universities nationwide. But by focusing on the aspirations we share with students, families, business leaders and policymakers, we can reaffirm the fact that public universities are central to the prosperity and vitality of our state and nation.