Vice Chancellor Message
The KU Edwards Campus has a special place in the Kansas City community. I’ve heard this during the many conversations I’ve had with business and community leaders as well as KU alumni and donors. It’s an honor for me to serve as vice chancellor knowing the remarkable potential we have to extend KU’s education, research and community engagement mission to the Kansas City metropolitan area.
With the Johnson County community’s ongoing support, the Edwards Campus has been responding to area workforce needs for more than two decades. Since 1993, contributions to
the county’s economy surpass $500 million – through education, research and service initiatives.
The presence of our undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, design and planning, business, education, engineering, liberal arts, journalism and social welfare have contributed to more than 8,500 graduates. With the opening of our Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Building we added nine new degree programs and graduate certificates that serve critical workforce needs for Kansas City.
We all know those needs grow and change, especially in our region. KU Edwards is uniquely positioned to meet them by working with business, education and government to achieve a shared vision. A recent example is the addition of KU’s Continuing Education division to the Edwards Campus, which creates a regional hub for undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional development and training.
Centers and institutes on this campus – including the Confucius Institute, Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, Hartley Audiology Clinic, Center for STEM Learning and KU Public Management Center – also partner with the community to develop innovative research and address pressing societal needs.
If you think about it, KU Edwards Campus is home to an entire continuum of education – from high school to undergrad to graduate to professional development and continuing education, even extending further to the Osher Institute for lifelong learning.
Whoever comes into contact with the Edwards Campus, in whatever capacity, should know we are committed to being:
- nimble and flexible in meeting the needs of our students and community partners
- innovative, and not afraid to fail in our quest to find creative solutions to future challenges
- most importantly, a strong partner with community colleges, K-12 schools, and industry leaders
Please visit us anytime to learn more about our programs and provide us with new strategies to best serve the community. Like all the constituencies we serve, we are always looking for new ideas and ways to improve.
Dr. David J. Cook