Initiative 2015

The University of Kansas stands for many things, but it never stands still. From time to time, we step back to assess how we’re doing and where we’re going. What we learn drives what we do, so that an already great university can become even stronger.

In January 2008, then-Chancellor Robert Hemenway convened three task forces to address topics that are central to our life together. Each task force included KU faculty, staff and students. After completing their deliberations, they submitted a number of recommendations. The Initiative 2015 report reflects their input and those recommendations.

The three topics are at the core of our mission: teaching and learning, discovering and innovating, and working for Kansas. The charge to the task forces was to provide a sense of where KU needs to be in each area by the year 2015 — the date of KU’s next overall accreditation review.

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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  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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