John Ingalls arrived in Kansas in 1859, drawn by an advertisement calling settlers to a part of the continent that was still very much a frontier. He wrote of Kansas, "The aspiration of Kansas is to reach the unattainable; its dream is the realization of the impossible." Two years later, Ingalls enshrined this spirit of Kansas and its citizens in the motto, Ad Astra per Aspera - To the stars through difficulty.
More than 150 years later, the determination, tenacity and vision that John Ingalls recognized in Kansas and in Kansans are very much alive, particularly at the University of Kansas Medical Center. We celebrate a history of reaching that which seems unattainable, of realizing that which others believe is impossible, of achieving amazing firsts in the world of academic medicine. We continue to position ourselves to reach the stars.
Renewed Focus on Results
In 2013, the EVC leadership team convened to review the strategic plan, which was originally launched in 2011, to ensure that it was responsive to the changing environments of the campuses, of education and healthcare, of the community and state, and of the nation and the world. The result is a simplified strategic map that retains the medical center's goals but makes them more accessible and relevant to every member of the faculty and staff and the work they do. True to our heritage and the spirit captured by the phrase Ad Astra, the vision and goals to which we aspire challenge us to reach for the stars. We are up for the challenge.
Take a moment to review our strategic map and see what challenges and motivates us to reach for the stars each day.
 Goals E and F in the original plan / Innovate in the refined plan
 Innovate box 1 and Alignment competency in the refined plan
 Innovate boxes 3 and 4 in the refined plan
 Goal I in the original plan / Measures in the refined plan
 Goal F.II and H in the original plan / Innovate boxes 1 and 4 and Alignment competency in the refined plan