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Our Vision

To be an exceptional learning community that lifts each member and advances society.

We Are Jayhawks Rising


As a member of the KU community, you are part of Jayhawks Rising.

Jayhawks Rising is our strategic plan, the result of a highly engaging, multi-year planning process involving many groups and individuals. It is now in the implementation phase and includes dozens of strategies designed to advance us toward our vision to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each member and advances society.

The three mission-based institutional priorities for Jayhawks Rising are Student Success, Healthy & Vibrant Communities, and Research & Discovery. Thirteen objectives were identified under the three priorities. Each objective has co-leaders – deans, vice provosts and governance leaders with responsibilities tied to the objective – who will guide our efforts, involve stakeholders and lead implementation of strategies and action steps and help ensure continuous progress and success. 


  • We educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. 

Institutional Priorities

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Student Success

Our students are central to everything we do at the University of Kansas. They come to learn, to develop and to participate in the classroom, on campus and across research projects.
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Healthy & Vibrant Communities

KU actively aligns resources and expertise with larger community partners to create healthy and vibrant communities that improve the quality of life of those on campus, within the state, and around the world.
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Research & Discovery

KU is committed to conducting broad and impactful research that addresses the key challenges faced by the state, nation and world.