The Kansas Statehouse is home to the Kansas Legislature.

State Relations

The university's state relations team works with elected officials, policymakers and government agencies to advance KU's interests and connect university researchers with partners to serve Kansas.

Engaging with state officials

KU's state relations team serves a liaison between the university and policymakers in Topeka and across the state. Specifically, our team works to:

  • advocate for policies and resources that benefit KU and higher education
  • connect KU faculty and staff with Kansas elected officials, agencies and policymakers to help our university achieve its goals.

In fulfilling these functions, our team works closely with the Kansas Legislature, the Office of the Governor and various state agencies. Our team also works very closely with the Kansas Board of Regents and the other Regents universities to ensure that all Kansas higher education institutions are coordinated in their engagement with lawmakers.

We ask all KU faculty and staff to connect with our office before engaging with any Kansas governmental partners so we can provide you resources and advice while also ensuring the university speaks with a consistent voice. For additional information, view our longstanding guidelines on engagement with government officials.


Chancellor Girod visits with House, Senate committees to discuss higher education funding

The University of Kansas continues to be the state’s leading economic development engine and talent magnet, said Chancellor Douglas Girod in pair of presentations to Kansas legislators this month.

Governor proposes $108 million in new funding for public universities

Earlier this month, the Kansas Legislature convened its 2023 session. As lawmakers conclude their first month of work, Chancellor Girod provides an update on the latest happenings in the Statehouse and shares KU’s legislative priorities for the session.

2023 Legislative Session begins Monday, January 9

The 2023 Legislative Session begins Monday, January 9. Governor Kelly will release her Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal on Thursday, January 12. Traditionally, each year the budget proposal serves as the starting point for legislative debate in the months that follow.

KU secures best higher education budget in years

The 2022 legislative session has officially concluded, with lawmakers providing the best higher education budget in years, including essential operations funding, increased need-based scholarships, merit salary increases and other critical investments. As a result, KU will hold tuition flat for a…

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