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New Name for the School of Education

View the press release here (5/23/19)

On April 17, 2019, the Council of Chief Academic Officers and the Kansas Board of Regents approved the request from the University of Kansas to change the name of the School of Education (SOE) to the School of Education and Human Sciences (SOEHS). The School of Education has been serving students at the University of Kansas since 1909. Over the years, changes have occurred in a number of our program areas which have led us to pursue a name change for the School. Years ago, for example, the Department of Physical Education changed its name to the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Today, that department has thriving programs in exercise science, sport management, community health, and physical education. The athletic training program is being phased out for an eventual move to the KU Medical Center. Currently, the programs offered through the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences account for over 60% of our undergraduate student credit hour production, though our name (School of Education) does not capture the broad range of programs we house. The difficulty for us is identifying a name that reflects what we do while still keeping the name “education” prominent. It is also important to note that this name change does not reflect nor include any administrative nor organizational chart changes within the School of Education.

After considering what other schools and colleges like us around the country have done, along with many discussions with multiple constituents, we are proposing to change our name to the School of Education and Human Sciences. In anticipation of the new name for the School, a survey was administered in November 2018. Results indicated an overall positive response to the idea:

Audience N Count Agree/Strongly Agree Disagree/Strongly Disagree
Staff 15 80.0% 20.0%
Faculty 51 78.4% 21.6%
Students 218 66.6% 34.4%
Alumni 1640 69.8% 30.2%
Overall 1924 73.7% 26.6%

Anticipated Timeline of Transition

The School of Education will transition to the School of Education and Human Sciences beginning during the summer 2019. The change will be implemented in a phased approach, completed during the fall 2020 semester. Current information on timelines to support the transition and overall next steps in the process will continue to be posted to this web page. Please check back often as needed. Thank you for your support and patience between now and the fall 2020 semester.

Name Change Committee

To ensure the name change transition occurs successfully (and with as little stress as possible), the School of Education has established a name change committee comprised of representatives across the institution. The charge of the committe members is to provide their perspectives and expertise in the transition planning and implementation processes. The full list of committee members can be viewed here (pdf). 

Mention in Email Signatures

In an effort to help build awareness of the name change transition, the faculty, staff, and student staff within the School of Education are encouraged to include mention of it in their KU email account signatures. The following example includes the standard language that can (and should) be used to ensure consistency. Please note, additional information regarding KU branded email signature templates can be found here.


Jay Hawk
Assistant Director
Name of Unit
The University of Kansas
You know our name. Move forward with us:

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