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:

Policy Library Search

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At KU, we don’t just do “the wave,” we “Wave the Wheat.” At crucial moments in Kansas athletic events, Jayhawks lift their arms above their heads, swaying them back and forth to look like a Kansas wheat field. Waving the wheat is a tradition that shows our Kansas pride. Rock Chalk! Tags: Kansas Jayhawks #KUexperience #KUstudents #KUtraditions #Kansas #Wheat #Athletics

KU Orientation: Making a home on the Hill See why you made the right choice in becoming a Jayhawk as you go through KU’s Orientation process (http://firstyear.ku.edu/orientation). You’ll discover what it means to make KU your home: trying new things, building friendships, getting involved, seeking out career path advice from faculty, studying abroad, or even conducting your own research as a freshman or a graduate student.


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Why KU
  • 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
  • 1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
    —ALA
  • $260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
  • 23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times