Strategy 3-A

Pursue multidisciplinary strategic initiatives

Based on internal and external reviews of strategic initiative proposals submitted by KU faculty and researchers in February, 2011, Bold Aspirations adopted four strategic initiative themes that capitalize on KU’s multidisciplinary research strengths:

  • Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World
  • Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures
  • Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities
  • Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge

Each strategic initiative theme contains a number of exciting bold ideas and will be featured in one of four university-wide research summits during the 2011-2012 academic year. Faculty members representing schools and departments across the campus have been meeting since August to plan the summits.

Read More » Read about the strategic initiative themes,
the planning groups, and dates for the summits.

Bold Aspirations

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

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