Chancellor Robert Hemenway outlined his vision Monday for making Kansas University a better university by the end of the decade.
Goals articulated in a speech to KU faculty and staff were:
- Increase the number of minority freshmen next year to 10 percent of the incoming class. Eight percent of freshmen are currently minorities.
- Raise the number of minority faculty from 124 to 200.
- Generate $120 million in research funds. KU now raises $92 million annually.
- Increase the number of National Merit Scholars in the freshman class to 100.
- Expand degree programs at KU's Regents Center in Overland Park. KU offers 11 graduate degrees.
- Raise the number of students studying abroad from 750 to 2,000.
- Boost from 35 to 100 the number of faculty teaching abroad.
- Increase from 2,000 to 2,500 enrollment of international students.
- Enable any KU full-time employee to take at least one course each semester tuition-free.
- Reallocate funds to begin meeting the building, equipment and library needs. Estimated cost: $30 million.
- Restructure the administration and re-engineer university processes to save money.