Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities

KU strives to identify obstacles to human rights and development and to find sustainable solutions to these problems. Already, we are researching migration patterns to be better informed of the dynamics behind the development of civic communities. We are studying the economic, educational, social, public health, and developmental problems facing America’s children. We are focusing on ways to strengthen our cities and build stronger leaders.

Opportunities

  • Identify specific areas of current and future focus where KU can build upon existing strengths, including
    • Addressing Disparities and Promoting Social Justice
    • Building Communities and Opportunities Through Education
    • Building Health Communities
    • Migration and Changing Communities
  • Focus on hiring in clusters, particularly team-leading researchers with the leadership to pull together multiple disciplines within the areas of focus.
  • Create formal and informal opportunities for the emergence of a strong research community addressing issues of inequality and social justice.

Bold Aspirations

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

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Travel to New York and perform on one of the greatest stages in the nation? KU's Wind Ensemble did just that. In March 2013, the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble made the trip of a lifetime to perform the world premiere of composer Mohammed Fairouz’s Symphony No. 4, In the Shadow of No Towers at Carnegie Hall. http://bit.ly/1nXMXr9 Tags: University of Kansas Wind Ensemble KU School of Music Carnegie Hall #KUdifference #music #symphony
Journey to Carnegie Hall
One of America’s most esteemed concert bands, the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, came to Carnegie Hall to introduce a commissioned work with the potential to resonate well beyond the usual college circuit... - New York Times review

Boy with autism benefits from KU student’s undergraduate research Two-year-old Mark’s first haircut in a salon was pretty traumatic. He screamed. He cried. His dad had to restrain him – Mark has autism and a haircut wasn’t part of his routine. But there’s a happy ending. The experience led KU senior Kristin Miller to seek an Undergraduate Research Award (see http://bit.ly/1xod9VT) to develop ways for children with developmental disabilities like Mark to learn how to accept routine health care treatment, such as going to the dentist — or even getting a buzz cut. Watch the video to see why it has been especially rewarding for Miller to help children like Mark.


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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