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Our Vision

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

Strategic Plan: Jayhawks Rising

Our Mission: We educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world. 


Who we are shapes and affects everything we do. As we work to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world, we honor the values that we hold in common and that infuse greater meaning to our mission.

Our values not only drive and inform our activities, they also make KU a better place to learn, work and discover. They are hallmarks of a research institution of distinction, now and in the years to come.


Our Values

  • We are a community of learners

  • We strive for excellence

  • We respect and support one another

  • We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging

  • We are innovators

  • We are transparent, engaging in open and free speech

  • We embrace our Jayhawk Heritage

  • We are good stewards of our resources


Strategic Doing: Jayhawks Rising in action

This website monitors KU's progress towards our Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan. Jayhawks Rising is organized around three Institutional Priorities, creating a clear and ambitious direction to fulfill our mission to educate leaders, build healthy communities and make discoveries that change the world. This site provides an "at-a-glance" view of these priorities and objectives and the measures we use to assess our progress.
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Our 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. Their success is tightly interwoven with KU’s priorities to build healthy and vibrant communities and to pursue research that makes the world a better place. We aim to provide an environment where all students can reach their potential so that they are prepared to lead productive and fulfilled lives.

Student Success
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Healthy & Vibrant Communities

At the University of Kansas, we strive to build and support a community that fosters the well-being of all Jayhawks – students, staff, faculty, affiliates, and guests. 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.

Healthy & Vibrant Communities
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Research & Discovery

As the flagship university in the State of Kansas, KU is committed to conducting broad and impactful research that addresses the key challenges faced by the state, nation and world. Such an ambition requires a research enterprise that can attract exceptional researchers, build collaborations across the university and beyond, and respond to the questions of our time - all of which is made possible by building robust support structures and attracting funding from a wide range of sources including from government, private enterprise and foundations. By tracking key metrics in these areas, KU research will continually grow and contribute discoveries that make the world a better place.

Research & Discovery