Preparing Educators as Leaders

Diversity Initiative Strategic Targets

School of Education Statement on Diversity and Equity:
The School of Education leadership believes that issues of diversity, equity and inclusion are vital to our success – specifically, our teaching, advising, mentoring, research, and service functions. As members of a university, we value diverse viewpoints and knowledge. To value diversity requires a respectful, inclusive, and caring culture. We recognize that growing numbers of our community represent minoritized populations whose voices and perspective enrich our community and our knowledge building endeavors. We assert that all faculty, staff and students must be treated with respect, feel safe in their classes, offices and other work spaces, and be supported in carrying out their studies and work.


10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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