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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A researcher with the Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark looks for ancient human remains in northern Greenland. Using genetic studies on findings in Greenland, the international research team, which included KU Anthropology Professor Michael Crawford discovered a new wave of migration from Siberia into the Arctic about 5,000 years ago. (Photo credit and copyright: Claus Andreasen) Tags: Centre for GeoGenetics #KUdiscoveries #Anthropology

Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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