KU State Relations

As Kansas' flagship university, the University of Kansas has a special responsibility to the people, communities and economy of the state. It awards more than 6,000 degrees each year, providing businesses and communities with educated workers. It also commercializes discoveries, creating jobs and businesses through its research. And it provides services that improve the health and well-being of Kansans.

State Relations communicates regularly with legislators and other state officials, answering questions and providing information on issues. It also provides policymakers with insights into how specific bills and policies affect the university.

State Relations also represents students, faculty, alumni and the Jayhawk community in the Statehouse, and strives to ensure they are informed about bills and policies of interest to them.

At this page you can learn more about KU's state agenda, how the university is funded, policymakers who are KU graduates and generally stay informed about issues of interest to Jayhawks. You can also find out how to join Jayhawks for Higher Education, a group of alumni and friends who advocate on behalf of the university.


Yesterday we introduced you to KU professor Rolfe Mandel and the discoveries he and his students are making. Watch this video to learn more. Tags: #KUdiscoveries #KUresearch #Archeology #Plains

KU ODYSSEY team digs for clues to ancient Pleistocene people Searching for evidence of early people living on the plains in the late Pleistocene age, (see http://bit.ly/1li6uYX) Rolfe Mandel, a KU distinguished professor of anthropology, led an excavation in July 2014 in the “Coffey Site” along the Big Blue River bank in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. Mandel says artifacts from Pleistocene period sediments could provide more clues about the Clovis and pre-Clovis people, who were the founding inhabitants of the Americas.


Internationally recognized programs
Millions in grants and contracts for research
Generous financial support for students
Research projects that stretch to Antarctica, Greenland, and numerous points in between
Birthplace and home of Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
A thriving field program that sends undergraduate and graduate students throughout the world
Industry recruiters who visit annually to hire KU Geology's graduating students