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KU Medical Center Strategic Plan


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


"To improve lives and communities in Kansas and beyond through partnership and 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


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Pillar 1: Education

Improve the learner experience and outcomes


  • Improve satisfaction and engagement for learners
  • Improve well-being and reduce burnout for learners
  • Enhance diversity, equity and inclusion for all learners
  • Develop a continuous quality improvement program to proactively address accreditation standards

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Pillar 2: Healthy Communities

Align our efforts as an institution to create partnerships and initiatives that will improve health outcomes in Kansas


  • Build a reputation among key stakeholders for improving the health of Kansans, especially those in underserved communities
  • Grow healthy, mutually beneficial external partnerships that improve access to care and resources
  • Respond to state, community, stakeholder and partner needs
  • Optimize coordination of internal activities, communication and resources

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Pillar 3: Research and Discovery

Grow the research enterprise


  • Double NIH funding (by date) to help assure continued AAU membership
  • Increase overall scholarly activity

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Pillar 4: Employees

Improve the employee experience


  • Improve well-being and reduce burnout for employees
  • Improve satisfaction and engagement for employees
  • Enhance diversity, equity and inclusion for all employees
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University of Kansas Strategic Plan

Launched in fall 2022, the KU strategic plan created alignment between the Lawrence campus and KU Medical Center and established a university-wide vision, values and metrics.