Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

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Mon, 04/20/2015

Once embraced as a collective good, a public higher education is increasingly viewed — and paid for — as a private one. This has serious implications for students and families, and also for our economy and society, neither of which can prosper without the unique public benefits universities provide.

Mon, 04/06/2015

Last month, five new Foundation Distinguished Professors were announced, bringing the total number to eight. Victor Agadjanian, Beth Bailey, James Bever, Cecilia Menjivar, and Dennis O'Rourke represent a major step toward completing the initiative we began with our partners in Topeka three years ago.

Mon, 03/23/2015

At the start of each academic year, I have the privilege of welcoming new students and addressing our community at Convocation. And at the end of each academic year, it is my honor to preside over Commencement and confer more than 7,000 degrees upon new University of Kansas graduates.

Mon, 03/09/2015

During my tenure as chancellor, we have engaged in campus forums dedicated to specific topics ranging from our strategic plan to sexual assault on campus. I have always greatly appreciated the strong participation and open conversations of the KU community at these events.

Fri, 03/06/2015

Yesterday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee endorsed a recommendation taking $4.7 million from the Lawrence campus and redistributing it to KU Medical Center, most of which would go to the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, for each of the next two fiscal years. The Senate will revisit the proposal later in the session.

Mon, 03/02/2015

We’ve all seen the groups of prospective students and their families touring campus with a backwards-walking Student Ambassador leading the way. But what may appear to be simply a tour is in reality a vital part of a student’s decision on which college to attend.

Wed, 02/11/2015

We are committed to the University of Kansas being an inclusive community where all feel welcome and able to express themselves without fear of discrimination. This value is a foundational one for our university, and KU’s non-discrimination policy includes prohibitions against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression among its protections.

Fri, 01/23/2015

Yesterday was an historic day for the University of Kansas, as we had the honor of welcoming President Barack Obama to the university. I believe I can speak for everyone who had the chance to be part of the visit in saying it was a truly special moment for our university, and one we will not soon forget.

Thu, 01/22/2015

President Barack Obama visited the University of Kansas on January 22, 2015 to give a speech at the Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Prior to the President's remarks, Chancellor Gray-Little welcomed the crowd of more than 7,000 people.

Tue, 01/20/2015

As we start this new semester, I want to continue the discussions we were having toward the end of the fall semester on how to be a more inclusive community. This is all the more appropriate since we are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jrthrough events this week and next.

Thu, 12/18/2014

It’s the last week of the semester, and as students finish their last finals of 2014, I want to update you on some of the achievements of your fellow Jayhawks. But first I want to thank you and your fellow friends of KU who have made many of these achievements possible. Many of you serve on alumni advisory boards, while others help us recruit students, and still more are donors. Your support and generosity are vital to KU’s success.

Mon, 12/08/2014

A reporter from the University Daily Kansan recently asked me, “What is your favorite part about being chancellor?” I told her what I tell everyone who asks: Getting to celebrate the individual and collective accomplishments of our community—your accomplishments.

Mon, 11/24/2014

As you prepare for Thanksgiving Break, I want to express my gratitude to you for not just choosing to work at a university, but for choosing to work at a public university.

Mon, 11/10/2014

Graduate students are crucial to the University of Kansas’ mission as a research university. In many ways, they are the most distinctive members of the research university community. They expand our capacity to complete today’s research and scholarship while they also train to become tomorrow’s scholars and leaders. They are teachers as well as students and play myriad roles in the university. That’s why enhancing doctoral education is a key component of our strategic plan. And thanks to your efforts, we continue to make progress on this goal.

Mon, 10/27/2014

At the Board of Regents meeting earlier this month, I outlined the progress we’ve made toward achieving our bold aspirations.

The regents were impressed—by you and your accomplishments.

Wed, 10/15/2014

Chancellor Gray-Little updated the members of the Kansas Board of Regents on the progress of the Bold Aspirations strategic plan, as well as providing updates on enrollment and on projects to enhance the university's campuses. You can view her presentation slides here and read the full Year 3 report at boldaspirations.ku.edu.

Mon, 10/06/2014

Our first mission as a flagship research university is to educate leaders who will go on to contribute to our state and society after graduation. It’s at the heart of everything we do as an institution, and is central to our Bold Aspirations strategic plan. Thanks to you, we continue to make progress in this vital area, including in growing the number of students who choose to become Jayhawks, as this fall we saw enrollment rise for the first time since 2008’s record level.

Thu, 09/11/2014

During the past week, we have engaged as a community in an ongoing dialogue about sexual assault and how we can address this difficult issue together. Some of you have shared heartbreaking stories of your own sexual assault, while others have made recommendations about actions we can take to improve our prevention and response efforts.

Thu, 09/04/2014

Sexual assault on college campuses is a national problem, and one that has been highlighted this week here at the University of Kansas.

Tue, 09/02/2014

This is one of my favorite times of the year. The residence and scholarship halls are full of activity. Jayhawk Boulevard has reopened. And students on all five of our campuses are back in classrooms, laboratories, and libraries as we start a new academic year.

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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.