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New Name for the School of Education

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

Anticipated Timeline of Transition

The School will make a public transition to the School of Education and Human Sciences beginning during the summer 2019 semester. The change will be implemented in a phased approach, with most of the changes visible to the public occuring during the summer 2020 semester and completed during the fall 2020 semester. Thank you for your support and patience between now and the fall 2020 semester.

Celebratory Events: Cancelled

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Aug. 28: Joseph R. Pearson Building Signage Unveiling | Cancelled  
No RSVP required. Intended for current School of Education faculty, staff, and students but also open to the public. Join us for short ceremoney at 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments & small prizes will be provided to all.

Sept. 18: Sayers & Pollard Golf Classic | Cancelled
Registration required & open to the public. Join us on Friday, Sept. 18 for the annual Gale Sayers & Scot Pollard Golf Classic. More information on the golf classic can be found here.

Sept. 18: Name Change Gala | Cancelled
Ticketed event & open to the public. Join us on Friday, Sept. 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the DeBruce Center in Lawrence, Kansas. More information to be provided.

Sept. 19: Party on The Oread Terrace | Cancelled 
RSVP required & open to the public. Join us on Saturday, Sept. 19 (two hours before game time) at The Oread in Lawrence, Kansas to help us celebrate the School's name change. More information on the Party on The Oread Terrace can be found here.

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
School of Education & Human Sciences
The University of Kansas
Celebrating our next chapter with a new name:

Formal Approval, History & Rationale

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.

Survey to Constituents

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%

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