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.

Bold Aspirations

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

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David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he works with KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, are important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.” Tags: #KUcommunities #CivilRights #History American Studies at KU
Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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