Areas of Emphasis: School of Journalism & Mass Communications

As part of our strategic plan for 2015, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications uses the following themes for guidance in decision-making:

  • Integrating research and teaching in a more visible way to students, faculty and peers
  • Building research teams for key projects on health communication, sports and media, media and the military, and international outreach
  • Serving the needs of Lawrence, Kansas, the region, the nation and the world as we meet current needs of the media industries and serve as a resource in planning the future of serving diverse audience
  • Creating an atmosphere of life-long learning for student, staff and faculty
  • While maintaining the School’s reputation for excellence in writing, we integrate visual communication, financial literacy and use of new media technologies into our teaching and research
  • Knowing that much of our research, theory and teaching draw from other disciplines, the School will seek out interdisciplinary opportunities on campus.
  • Expanding our reputation and expertise in the dissemination of information to multiple audiences
Bold Aspirations

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

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This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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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.
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  • 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