KU nabs distinction from Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Kansas University is one of 18 institutions named this year to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities 2015 class of Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities, KU announced Wednesday.

The designation, which KU called a “prestigious distinction,” is valid for 10 years. It follows an extensive self-study, application and review process.

“The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development and community development,” according to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

“This is a significant national recognition for the University of Kansas,” KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a news release, “especially for the researchers whose discoveries and new technologies have such a profound economic impact. This designation confirms once again that KU’s economic development mission is strong, active and growing for the benefit of Kansas and the world.”