Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Message: Our marketplace of ideas

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Colleagues,

Our nation currently is grappling with challenging topics around race, diversity and inclusion. We also are engaging in these difficult conversations at the University of Kansas. As Jayhawks, we are united in saying that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated here.

As a university and a public institution, we must support the right of the members of our KU community to express their individually held beliefs. Free speech and free expression are core tenets of why universities are the center of debate, thought and discourse in our world.

I encourage each of you to engage respectfully with your fellow students, faculty and staff. These conversations often are uncomfortable, but they are important to our university and our society.

Sincerely,

Bernadette Gray-Little
Chancellor

Neeli Bendapudi
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Lawrence Campus

Doug Girod, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor, KU Medical Center



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