Goal 2 Strategic Map

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Doctoral education prepares future thinkers, researchers, and educators. The doctoral students of today will be the innovators of tomorrow. They will provide new solutions to old problems and in so doing sustain the development of our civilization.

The doctoral degree is by no means solely a degree for future college professors, although that role will also be an important one. Today, a doctorate in chemistry can lead to a job in a manufacturing company or in a hot new startup. A doctorate in the humanities or social sciences can lead to a career in local, state, or national government, or in a host of nonprofit agencies and foundations.

At KU, doctoral education is a distinguishing feature and a fundamental component of our mission. Success in doctoral education defines our national and international standing as an international public research institution, and much of our research is possible only because of our doctoral students. The required investment — in time, money, and effort — is enormous.

While we offer a variety of graduate degrees at KU, we are focusing our efforts in this goal on bolstering the strength and vitality of our most advanced degree — the doctoral degree. Imperative in that regard is elevating the profile of our doctoral programs; holding ourselves accountable in how well we educate and train researchers, scholars, and innovators; and helping students succeed as students and throughout their careers.

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Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the following:

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