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New Name for the School of Education

The School of Education has been serving students at the University of Kansas since 1909. We are proud of our long history. Over the years, changes have occurred in a number of our program areas which are leading us to consider 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.

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%

Given the positive response, the School of Education will work through the Spring 2019 semester to move our name change initiative through the appropriate university approval processes. Current information on the approval status, general 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 during the coming months.

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