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Vice Chancellor Message

I’m extremely honored to serve as vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Edwards Campus.
I have a long history with the campus, first attending classes as a graduate student and later teaching. I have served on a number of KU Edwards’ boards and committees over the years as well. I believe the Edwards Campus has a special place in the Kansas City community and consider it to have tremendous potential to extend KU’s education, research and community engagement mission to the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Thanks to strong support from the Johnson County community, the Edwards Campus has been able to respond to the workforce needs of the metropolitan area for over two decades. Since
1993, the campus has contributed more than $500 million to the Johnson County economy through education, research and service initiatives. As the needs of the workforce grow and change, KU Edwards is positioned to be a leader working with business, education and government achieve this vision, the campus is committed to being:

  • student-focused;
  • nimble and flexible to meet the needs of our students and community partners;
  • innovative, and not afraid to fail in our quest to find creative solutions to future challenges;
  • perhaps most importantly, a strong partner with community colleges, K-12, and industry leaders

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. Through the great support of Johnson County, we opened the new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Building and added eight new degree programs and graduate certificates that serve critical workforce needs for Kansas City.

One of our most significant achievements to date is the addition of KU’s Continuing Education division to the Edwards Campus. The integration of Continuing Education to the campus creates a regional hub for undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional development and training.

Centers and institutes on the Edwards Campus also partner with the community to develop innovative research and address pressing societal needs. These include our Confucius Institute, Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, Hartley Audiology Clinic, Center for STEM Learning and KU Public Management Center.

Please visit us anytime to learn more about our programs and to provide us with new strategies to best serve the community. We are always looking for new ideas.

Dr. David J. Cook
Vice Chancellor

No. 1 nationwide: KU’s special education graduate program.
—U.S. News & World Report
No. 1 nationwide: KU’s graduate program in city management & urban policy.
—U.S. News & World Report
28 graduate & undergraduate degree programs
In-state tuition for Missouri residents through the MetroKC program
Only full-service campus in Greater Kansas City dedicated to adult learners
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report