Goal 2 | Elevating Doctoral Education

Spring 2013 Updates | Fall 2012 Updates

Prepare doctoral students as innovators and leaders who are ready to meet the demands of the academy and our global society

Archived monthly updates are now available on the Implementation Progress page.

November 2013 Updates

The Dean of Graduate Studies commissioned an Implementation Committee which prepared an implementation plan for Goal 2 that will guide activities through spring 2016. The Implementation plan and updates on implementation activities are available at graduate.ku.edu/strategic plan.


Strategy 2-A: Develop sustainable funding for doctoral education

Strategy 2-B: Use comparative data to set academic program standards

Strategy 2-C: Develop a comprehensive doctoral student recruitment plan

Strategy 2-D: Size academic programs based upon merit, mentoring, placement

  • Graduate Studies has convened a Funding Innovations Committee as indicated in the implementation plan. At the first meeting Michael Roberts was chosen to chair the committee and the committee has been charged to examine the entire current structure and means of funding graduate (and in particular doctoral) students at the University of Kansas, and to make recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies for improvements to this current funding structure that would enhance the quality of graduate programs and graduate education at KU.
  • Graduate Studies provided a report to the implementation committee for goal 2 on progress through October. This report will be posted on the Graduate Studies website during the month of November.
  • GS has hired a coordinator of student programming and communications (Damon Talbott) as indicated under the implementation plan.
  • The Dean has completed all but the last of the visits to >7 years median time to degree departments
  • The GS Faculty Fellow (Bruce Hayes) led a mentoring workshop on November 6th.  Twenty-five faculty attended.
  • GS admissions staff, who are also responsible for the implementation of Prospect (the GS recruiting CRM tool), have, at this point, met with 34 departments so far this semester.
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