Office of Institutional Research and Planning

KU Information and Resources

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KU is a major public research and teaching institution that serves as a center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor in the state of Kansas, the nation, and the world.

This page includes a variety of key sources that provide insight into KU as an institution and as an academic community. The websites and documents are not intended to be comprehensive in scope, but to promote a greater understanding of what makes KU a truly distinctive place.

October 30, 2012


The KU Story

Essential KU Facts

KU's mission guides all University endeavors. Institutional rankings provide evidence of KU's reputation of academic excellence in the larger educational community. The university fact book, KU Profiles, is a comprehensive source of information about KU as an institution as well as the university community of students, faculty, and staff.

KU Academics and Organization

KU is a comprehensive public research institution with a complex array of teaching sites, research centers, and affiliated corporations. A minimalist administrative structure and a shared governance system enable the University to actively address the changing needs of students, faculty, staff and the people of the state of Kansas. The University of Kansas and the other five state universities are governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, a nine-member body appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

The Educational Experience

At KU, research and teaching are mutually reinforcing, with scholarly inquiry underlying and informing the educational experience at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels. A talented and dedicated faculty are actively engaged in fulfilling KU's research, teaching, and service missions. The KU Honors Program, one of the oldest in the country, provides enriched educational opportunities for intellectually talented undergraduate students. Student international experience is emphasized and KU is consistently cited for having excellent study abroad programs with high student participation. KU offers programs in approximately 70 countries.

KU's commitment to undergraduate academic achievement was nationally recognized by KU's inclusion in the book Student Success in College, which describes policies, programs, and practices from 20 exemplary institutions as part of the Documenting Effective Educational Practices (DEEP) project.

Students at KU

KU traditionally has attracted talented and ambitious students. KU's average 25.1 student ACT score for Fall 2012 was well above the national average of 22.3 (Fall 2010). KU students have a strong record of prestigious fellowships, including Fulbright Fellows and Rhodes Scholars. During the past decade, overall student retention rates have increased and the 2012 senior survey reported that 90 percent of students were satisfied with their overall education at KU.

Research at KU

Research at the University of Kansas is a thriving, dynamic enterprise. Total expenditures from all sources for research, development, and training exceeded $334.3 million in FY 2010. KU's recent research success has been built on traditional strengths in the biosciences, and by recognizing and taking advantage of research opportunities and trends at the national level. Research collaboration is promoted at KU through eleven multidisciplinary university research centers and institutes focused on common themes, as well as two state surveys, two affiliated centers, and three core service labs.

  • Research Overview

  • KU Research Centers & Units
  • KU Cancer Center
  • Research & Graduate Studies in Lawrence
  • Research at KU Med Center

Service and Outreach at KU

As a public research university, KU provides service and outreach in ways that stem directly from its research capacity and expertise, as well as its educational and cultural centers. Continuing education programs serve the professional and academic needs of individuals across the state of Kansas and throughout the nation. KU prides itself on a tradition of active and meaningful student involvement through both curricular and co-curricular activities.

NCA Accreditation

Every ten years KU undergoes an extensive self-study to prepare for a university-wide re-accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). KU was granted a full 10-year accreditation, without stipulations, on June 24, 2005. In addition to providing information essential for re-accreditation, the self-study report paints a comprehensive picture of KU's many accomplishments and provides rich details on what makes KU truly distinctive.

Planning at KU

Planning activities at KU typically include students, faculty, and staff. KU began working on a new strategic action, Bold Aspirations, in October 2010. Bold Aspirations was launched in September 2011 and will play a key role in guiding KU's development and focus in the 21st century.

During the strategic planning process for Bold Aspirations, one of the six goals identified was to responsibly steward fiscal and physical resources. Changing for Excellence is a key part of meeting this goal.

The Lawrence campus master plan provides a framework for the physical development needed to effectively support KU's academic mission. Over the past decade, more than $300 million in new building projects have been funded.

Tuition Compact

To provide more predictability in tuition and fees, students at KU proposed the concept of a guaranteed four-year tuition plan. On March 16, 2005, KU's Student Senate approved a resolution that supported the development and implementation of this tuition compact. The student-driven initiative, endorsed by the University administration, is the basis of KU's Four-Year Tuition Compact and was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on June 28, 2007.

  • Tuition @ KU

  • Information for prospective students and families
  • KU Tuition & Fee Schedule

  • Four-Year Tuition Compact

  • FY 2008, FY 2009, FY 2010, FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, and FY 2015 Tuition Proposals and Documentation submitted by KU to the Kansas Board of Regents

Financial Management

The overarching philosophy that guides planning and budgeting decisions at KU is to protect and enhance the academic core and mission. The budgeting process includes discussions among administrators and faculty that focus on the relationship between unit and institutional goals. KU Administration and Finance sustains and advances the University's mission to create, preserve and disseminate knowledge through leadership and innovation in business strategy and processes.

Administrative Support and Information Technology

Providing access to information through the innovative use of technology is crucial to support the teaching, research, and service mission of KU. A complex, integrated information system was recently implemented to more effectively serve student, faculty, and institutional data needs. Management information systems provide timely operational and managerial data allow campus leaders to make data-informed decisions.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).