A Division of Campus Operations

Chancellor's Message

To Our University of Kansas Community:

Bold Aspirations, our 2012-2017 strategic plan, charts a transformation of the University of Kansas across every aspect of our institution. In January, 2013, the university community embarked on a year-long journey to create an updated campus master plan and to put our bold aspirations into physical form. The Lawrence and Overland Park campuses and surrounding communities have engaged in an open and transparent process including open forums, focus groups, and more than 150 consultations.

In the 150-year history of KU, this is the fifth comprehensive master plan. Like its predecessors, this plan lays out future growth for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. In addition, this plan has been designed to be a living document, one that will be revisited in the coming years to be adjusted as part of an ongoing process.

The plan is also our most comprehensive, including extensive analysis, space and classroom utilization, historic patterns and resources, land use, program accommodation, sustainability, and coordination with the local community.

I want to thank the members of the university team who have worked on crafting the plan, the members of the steering committee and executive committee who guided its development, and our partners with the architecture and planning firm Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company.

Our master plan aligns with our values, our principles, and our goals for the future. It sets forth an ideal for a modern research university that can advance our mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that will change the world.

Best regards,


Bernadette Gray-Little
Chancellor

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