Aerial view of KU's Lawrence campus

Strategic Plan

The University of Kansas strategic plan serves as the blueprint for KU's important work as a leading public research institution.

The University of Kansas strategic plan serves as a roadmap for KU's work in education, service and research and will help us achieve our aspirations as a leading research institution. Additionally, our strategic plan ensures we are aligned with the strategies and requirements of various partners, accrediting boards and governance bodies.

The university's plan was officially launched in fall 2022 and established a university-wide vision, values and metrics. Under the umbrella of that overarching plan, there are separate campus strategic plans for the Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center.


"To educate leaders, build healthy communities, and make discoveries that change the world."


KU Lawrence-Edwards

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

KU Medical Center 

"To improve lives and communities in Kansas through innovation in education, research, and health care."



The acronym "IRISE" spells out the first letter of each of the university's five values:

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Stewardship
  • Excellence



  • Student enrollment
  • Retention rate
  • Graduation rate
  • Average student debt


  • Economic impact
  • Community perception
  • Service to the state
  • Workplace diversity

Research & Discovery

  • Research expenditures
  • Recognition of faculty excellence
  • Scholarly activity