Our new name
School of Education & Human Sciences
The new name more closely reflects the broad range of work while keeping the word education prominent. The School has been serving students since 1909, and has experienced a number of changes in different program areas. The former name (School of Education) did not capture the broad range of academic programs that the faculty produce.
Over the years, changes have occurred in a number of the School's program areas which have led to the pursuit of a new name. For example, years ago the Department of Physical Education changed its name to the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences. Today, that department has thriving programs in exercise science, sport management, community health, and physical education. Currently, the programs offered through the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences account for over 60% of our undergraduate student credit hour production, though the former name (School of Education) did not capture that broader range of programs.
It is important to note that this name change does not reflect nor include any administrative nor organizational chart changes within the School.
Social Media Account Updates
We have updated the School's social media accounts to reflect the new name. Be sure to follow the School of Education and Human Sciences in your favorite social media platform to keep up with our latest research, events, and student success stories.
Mention in Email Signatures
In an effort to help build awareness of the new name, faculty, staff, and student staff within the School are encouraged to include mention of it in their KU email account signatures. The following example includes the standard language that can be used to ensure consistency. Please note, additional information regarding KU branded email signature templates is available.
Formal History & Approval
In anticipation of the new name for the School, a survey was administered in November 2018 to a variety of constituent groups including faculty, staff, students and alumni. With over 1900 responses, results indicated an overall positive response to the idea. After considering similar schools and colleges around the country, along with many discussions with multiple constituent groups, the new name was submitted for review and approval.