KU Talking Points - November 2013
The report on the second year of Bold Aspirations has been completed and sent to academic leaders around the nation, as well as opinion leaders in Kansas.
The report highlights accomplishments of the past year, including the KU Core and collaborative research surrounding our strategic initiative themes. It also outlines priorities for the coming year, such as redesigning courses to incorporate technologies that improve student learning and the enhancement of graduate student recruitment.
You can download a copy of the full report at http://boldaspirations.ku.edu.
On October 30, Chancellor Gray-Little and university leaders welcomed members of the Kansas Legislature's two budget-writing committees, as well as House and Senate leadership, to KU and KUMC as legislators concluded their tour of the state's higher education institutions.
During the visit, Gray-Little and KU officials answered questions during several sessions totaling roughly four hours. This is in addition to providing answers to more than 80 questions prior to the visit. There was meaningful dialogue on topics like student debt, graduation rates and the ways KU drives economic growth and prosperity.
In particular, there was discussion of how KU is different than other universities in Kansas. As the state’s flagship university, we have unique obligations to serve Kansas, and we measure ourselves against a select group of national peers. Kansas students, families and communities deserve a university in their state that is on par with leading public research universities around the nation.
The discussions also provided a clearer picture of the challenges KU faces in the 2014 Legislative Session. While legislators expressed general support for KU, many of them made clear that higher education funding will again be closely examined. We will be calling on members of Jayhawks for Higher Education to be our advocates in Topeka, and will continue to seek your assistance in promoting stories that demonstrate the value and importance of the university to the people of Kansas and beyond.
The Accessibility Executive Advisory Council at KU will host its first-ever public forum on accessibility and disability issues November 14 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Centennial Room at the Kansas Union.
As communicators, it's important to remember that there are guidelines we should follow when describing and discussing disability issues. While there is no single universally agreed upon style guide, there are a number of widely used resources available to help us.
- The Research and Training Center on Independent Living at KU publishes a helpful style sheet titled Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities.
- The National Center on Disability and Journalism has Disability Style Guide and various other resources for educators and reporters.
- Finally, the AP Stylebook continues to publish a section on disability issues.
For more information, contact Jamie Lloyd Simpson, director of accessibility & ADA education.
From now through November 16, we are emphasizing the university's first mission: educating leaders who will be ready to succeed in life and in their careers. We'll promote the ways a KU education prepares students for success, as well as how the university is meeting vital workforce needs.
Starting November 17 and continuing through December 7, we'll highlight the ways KU builds healthy communities. This includes our work in health and medicine, as well as efforts to improve the vitality of communities, such as through the arts and humanities, and their prosperity, such as through the development of new companies.
And beginning December 8 and continuing through January 4, we'll look back on the year and promote the "Best of KU" from 2013.
These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU home page, through paid advertising and in other venues.
- A fact sheet on the importance of private giving and an updated fact sheet on KU and economic prosperity have been posted to KU's state relations page.
- Explore LinkedIn's opportunities for higher education, as discussed by John Hill during Monday's KU Communicators meeting, by visiting the platform's Higher Education Home.
- New video features produced by Marketing Communications include a profile of a KU undergraduate researching the health of rivers and a piece detailing the recent confirmation of Tyrannasaurus rex's predator status.
Please welcome the following individuals to KU Communicators:
- Genna Hurd, research associate, Institute for Policy & Social Research
- Allison Rose Lopez, public relations director & events manager, School of Journalism & Mass Communications
- Meredith Tack, user experience designer, Marketing Communications