Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor Gray-Little's response to Admissions Task Force report

Friday, June 25, 2010

I appreciate the work of the Admissions Task Force as it prepared this report. The recruitment of talented students is a deciding factor in the success of the University of Kansas, so we must always be seeking new ways to ensure that qualified students - especially from Kansas - choose to attend KU.

As is discussed in the report, our admission standards should reflect the true skills and preparation needed not just to enroll at KU, but to earn a degree here. Earning admission to the university is not the end of a student's educational journey, but the beginning. The true goal must be graduation.

Ultimately, admission standards are set by the Board of Regents, so any changes to the requirements for admission to KU must be approved by the board. This is also the case for the setting of the Regents' recommended curriculum that high school students should follow in order to prepare for college.

As we consult with the Regents and others, it is important for us to clearly articulate to potential students, their families and all Kansans the reasons for a change in admission standards. Our goal is not to admit fewer students to KU - it is to admit more prepared students. We want to challenge students to lift their ambitions in high school so that they can be ready to succeed in college.

At the same time, the university itself must lift its ambitions when it comes to recruitment. I am encouraged by the metrics suggested by the task force to measure our success, but also know that some measures of success - such as the perception of Kansans that KU does all it can to recruit students - are not as easily quantified.

Admissions plays an integral role in our efforts to improve retention and graduation of students, as well enhancing the scholarly work performed at KU, such as through the recruitment of graduate students. I will work with the provost, other administrators and faculty members, and our colleagues at the Regents to advance our goals in this area.

Bernadette Gray-Little

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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.