Improve Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


With the ever-changing landscape of our country, and world, it is important to the University of Kansas that we make changes that create an environment of fairness, respect, and belonging. All students, staff, and faculty should have the greatest opportunities to meet their academic and professional goals. KU will examine and expand programs in order to meet our aspirations.    

The following metrics have been identified as key ways we can contribute to this overall objective. This data lets us reflect on our historical trajectory, while also setting targets for future performance. 


Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty/Staff

KU works to adopt hiring and workplace practices that encourage and support members of under-represented minorities. It is our goal to have a population of diverse faculty and staff. It is also important that members of a URM feel they are respected and included members of the University.


Faculty Gender Ratio

The University of Kansas seeks to understand what the causes of faculty gender ratio variations are across campus and specific to departments. Once understood, we will adjust practices to ensure that ratios reflect the diverse community we work to create.


URM Student Enrollment

The University of Kansas works to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and inclusive to under-represented minority students. We also work to offer programs that make the transition to university life smoother, as well as offer guidance and resources that support their overall success as students at the University of Kansas. Used as a metric, the overall URM enrollment serves as an indication of KU’s inclusiveness and diversity.


First Generation Enrollment

The University of Kansas defines a first-generation college student as a student whose parents or guardians did not receive a bachelor’s degree. KU is committed to ensuring that first-generation students have access to a KU education and the support they need to successfully complete their education and earn their degree. The number of first-generation students enrolled may serve as an indicator of KU’s success in serving first-generation students.


Pell Grant Graduation Rate

To ensure we are best serving those who are attending the university with a low or moderate income, the graduation rate of Pell Grant students must be a focus. In addition to tracking the graduation rate of these students, the university will examine ways to assist Pell Grants in successfully completing their education.