Chancellor Douglas A. Girod
Stories: 2015 Introduction
The Chancellor’s Message


Sparks become a flame. Rays of light become illumination.
The University of Kansas —
where learning becomes a legacy.

Here are some of our stories.


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Our strategic plan sets out the new, higher expectations we have for ourselves as a university.


From energy to office supplies, we’re transforming key functions and auditing resources to fulfill our responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer and tuition dollars.


The campaign seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery, and drive economic growth.


Jayhawks for Higher Education communicates the needs of the university and higher education to the Kansas Legislature.

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
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.