BOARD RESPONDS TO THE GOVERNOR'S FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2012


BOARD RESPONDS TO THE GOVERNOR’S FISCAL YEAR 2013 BUDGET

(TOPEKA) – Today, Board of Regents’ Chair Ed McKechnie, of Arcadia, issued the following statement in response to the release Governor Sam Brownback’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget recommendations:

“The thirty-two Kansas public higher education institutions are vital to the economic success of our state and our citizens. Governor Brownback’s budget includes funding for targeted improvements, program expansion, and research enhancements across the higher education system enabling institutions to remain competitive, while ensuring students receive a state-of-the-art education. The Governor also provides funding that will improve access to higher education through student financial assistance programs and promoting career technical education opportunities at the high school level. We extend our appreciation to the Governor in recognizing the importance of higher education, and look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature in the coming months.”

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents, founded in 1925 and established in the Kansas Constitution, is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, career and technical education programs, and the state university retirement plans. The Board also approves private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions to operate in Kansas, and administers the Kan-ed network, a statewide network that provides broadband Internet access and distance learning capabilities for schools, hospitals, and libraries.

For more information, contact Mary Jane Stankiewicz at (785) 296-3421 or at mjstankiewicz@ksbor.org.

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