Areas of Emphasis: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Themes with KU strength that could be maintained/expanded

  • Mapping, sensing, planning, modeling
    1. GIS
    2. digital humanities
    3. genome
    4. populations
    5. placemaking and wayfinding
  • International, globalization, cross-cultural aptitude/inter-cultural awareness
    1. Heartland, Homeland—bringing the world to Kansas; KU brings the world to you
    2. Social and cultural literacy; foreign languages, area studies, and transnational studies
    3. Systems of belief
      1. Roots and traditions
      2. In conflict
      3. In flux: Religions, fundamentalisms, and twenty-first century spiritualities
    4. Geo-political boundaries, cultural frontiers, transnationalism, and diasporas
    5. Peace and conflict
    6. Land use patterns
    7. Tourism, eco-tourism, ecology, deforestation, effects of modernization
  • Drug Development
 

Themes poised to coalesce/become more active

  • The “global university”—cross-national research and learning
  • Social change
    1. Entrepreneurship, social innovation, leadership
    2. Citizen philanthropy, the non-profit sector, and NGOs
  • Inequality
    1. Self-determination and “the good life”
    2. Education
    3. Poverty
    4. Health
    5. Stereotyping, oppression
  • Well-being, health—local, national, international
    1. Drug development
    2. Public health and epidemiology
    3. Ethnicities, identities, sexualities
    4. Measures of well-being
    5. HIV/AIDS
  • Energy and environment
    1. Alternative energy sources
    2. GEOL and Petroleum-Chemical Engineering: carbon sequestration
    3. Biogeochemistry—the effects of living things on the structure of the earth
    4. Water
    5. Climate change
      1. Social dimensions
      2. Cultural and biological effects, changes, adaptations, and challenges
  • Sustainability—Resources, Communities, Financial Models, Culture
  • Migration, movement, displacement, assimilation/acculturation
    1. Immigration trends
    2. Human rights
    3. Human trafficking
    4. Biological and genetic aspects of migration as well as social and cultural
    5. Political and social resistance/responses to migration
  • Information, technology, security, privacy
    1. GIS
    2. digital humanities
    3. social networking
  • Aging
    1. Biological and cultural dimensions
    2. Neuroscience
  • Memory
    1. History and narrative
    2. Neuroscience
    3. Aging
  • Terrorism—international and domestic
Bold Aspirations

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

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