Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Chancellor's Report 2013

Flagship university

It’s a mark of distinction for the University of Kansas that carries with it special responsibilities. These are reflected in our mission: to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

In this report and in the State of the University video, we’re sharing our progress and our plans.

We’re in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure that KU is recognized 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 research university with our state and world.

We have just begun the second year of implementing this plan, and already we’re seeing results. Our 2012 freshman class is the most talented and diverse in our history. We’re recruiting distinguished professors from around the world, and our multidisciplinary strategic initiatives will enhance our ability to meet global challenges.

All of this will raise our stature in relation to our Association of American Universities peers. But more importantly, it helps us better meet our responsibilities to our students and our society.


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Bold Aspirations strategic initiatives

  • Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World
  • Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures
  • Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities
  • Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge
KU by the numbers
  • 1 of 34 U.S. public institutions in the Association of American universities
  • 50, 105, 101 states, Kansas counties, and countries represented by KU students
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.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times