Strategy 1-A

Establish a new KU curriculum for all undergraduate students

Based on extensive input from the KU community and research into educational outcomes for undergraduate students, Bold Aspirations adopted six educational goals that will serve as the foundation for our new KU Core curriculum:

  1. Build core skills of critical thinking and quantitative literacy
  2. Strengthen written and oral communication
  3. Develop a background of knowledge across fundamental areas of study
  4. Gain the ability to integrate knowledge and think creatively
  5. Respect human diversity and expand cultural understanding and global awareness
  6. Practice social responsibility and demonstrate ethical behavior

For each learning goal, a committee of faculty and students is specifying learning outcomes that will inform the KU Core.

Read about the progress we are making in building the KU Core Read More »

Bold Aspirations

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

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What international senior Zunwu Zhou finds appealing about BMX—the feeling he gets when he nearly defies the laws of physics—is the same appeal he found in chemistry, his major. “When I’m in the lab, I push past the limits of what I think I can do. Sure, there are scientific principles, and chemicals have reactions, but research is about testing those boundaries.” Growing up in Wuhan, China, Zhou tried BMX after first watching it on ESPN. “No one else in my city was riding BMX, and I wanted to be the first,” Zhou says. Now Zhou spends what time he has between classes on a bike at KU’s Wescoe Beach because the smooth surface makes it easy for him to “spin and fix.” To be the first BMX rider in your city, travel 7,200 miles for college, and spend your life breaking chemical bonds, a person must be daring. Not fearless – just willing to accept a worthy dare. Zhou is as daring as they come.
Explore KU: International student, BMX rider knows no bounds To be the first BMX rider in your city, travel 7,200 miles for college, and spend your life breaking chemical bonds, a person must be daring. Meet Zunwu Zhou: a senior international student and chemistry major from Wuhan, China. His favorite things are rock chalk and sick tricks.


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