The University of Kansas is charting a path toward recognition as a top-tier public international research university.

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and for the medical center.

The strategic plan sets out the new, higher expectations we have for ourselves as a university and the priorities that we will pursue. It guides our decisions on everything from the creation of a vibrant new general education curriculum to engaging more faculty members in scholarship and research. Our university's strategic plan shapes our budget priorities and guides us as we focus on our primary mission: educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

Lawrence/Edwards Strategic Plan (pdf)
Medical Center Strategic Plan (pdf)

Updates on the actions we are undertaking to implement the strategic plan are being tracked.

2015-2016 Annual Progress Report (pdf)
2014-2015 Annual Report (pdf)
2013-2014 Annual Report (pdf)
2012-2013 Annual Report (pdf)
2011-2012 Annual Report (pdf)

We are using specific metrics to measure our progress on each of the six goals.

You can learn more about the Strategic Planning process here and view work groups reports, steering committee meeting minutes, and town hall meeting videos.

An important aspect of our planning was a university-wide study, Changing for Excellence, that the Huron Consulting group is leading to recommend ways we can transform KU's business and administrative processes.

Bold Aspirations builds on the strategic initiative planning that began in November, 2009 when Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little created three task forces to identify strategies for advancing the University of Kansas in the areas of research engagement and student recruitment, retention and success. The planning process was called "Charting the Future".

During Spring 2008, KU undertook a focused planning effort, Initiative 2015, that addressed three key areas of KU's mission: Teaching and Learning, Discovering and Innovating, and Working for Kansas.Task forces were formed to address each of the three areas and were asked to develop specific recommendations for the future direction of the University. Below are links to the reports of the task forces and a narrative summary report by themes.

The 2014-2024 University of Kansas Campus Master Plan is KU's fifth and most comprehensive master plan. You can learn more about the Campus Master Plan and how it was developed.

In September 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a 10-year strategic agenda for the state’s public higher education system. Entitled Foresight 2020, the plan sets long-range achievement goals that are measurable, reportable, and ensures the state’s higher education system meets Kansans’ expectations.

Older planning documents:

KU and Kansas City: Partnership for Excellence (Civic Council Report, June 2000) (pdf)

Quick Links
Survey Calendar

February 19 - March 19, 2019
All KU students

Gathers information about students' experiences and campus sexual misconduct prevalence and responses.

  • UCelebrate Survey

March 25 - April 25, 2019
Sample of KU undergraduate students

Assesses the saturation and effectiveness of our social norms campaign, Jayhawk Buddy System while also gauging drinking behaviors, protective behaviors students use and negative consequences experienced while drinking.

  • National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

April 2019
Sample of KU students

Surveys students on their habits, behaviors, and perceptions of a broad range of health topics. These data provide essential information for the creation and evaluation of campus programs that promote health and student success. 

  • PhD Career Pathways Survey

Spring 2019
PhD students from select departments

Fall 2019

Collect data regarding the career pathways of PhDs that can be used to improve the educational experiences and career preparation of students.

  • KU Graduate Student Survey

Spring 2020
All graduate students

Collect information from graduate students about their experience at KU.

  • KU Senior Survey

Spring 2020
All seniors

Collect information about the student experience at KU from seniors.