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Board of Regents approves state university tuition rates

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June 20, 2018

Board of Regents approves state university tuition rates

(Topeka, Kan.) -  Today, the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) approved tuition rates for each of the six state universities in Kansas for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tuition increases for resident and non-resident undergraduates ranged from 1.1 percent to 2.8 percent, apart from Kansas State University Polytechnic, which had no tuition increase. Tuition increases for resident and non-resident graduate students also ranged from 1.1 percent to 2.8 percent, excluding Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, which had no tuition increase.

“Raising tuition is always a difficult decision that the Regents deliberate carefully,” said KBOR Chair David Murfin. “We will continue to work with the Governor and the Legislature, as well our institutions, to keep higher education as affordable as possible for Kansans.”

In 2018, state universities received a partial restoration of the $31 million reduction in state funding that occurred in 2016. This allowed universities to propose tuition increases that were among the lowest in recent years.

One of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Regents, as defined in state law, is to set tuition and fees at state universities. Based on the tuition rates approved today, it is projected that approximately $743 million will be raised from tuition revenues this upcoming year.

The tuition proposals that were approved by the Board today may be accessed through the June 2018 agenda at https://kansasregents.org/about/regent_meetings_agendas_and_minutes.

For more information, please contact Matt Keith at (785) 430-4237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.

Washburn University and Kansas City Kansas Community College recognized in sixth annual Data Quality Awards

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June 6, 2018

Washburn University and Kansas City Kansas Community College recognized in sixth annual Data Quality Awards

(Topeka, Kan.) - During today's luncheon at the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) 2018 Data Quality and Planning Conference, Dr. Blake Flanders, president and CEO of KBOR, presented Washburn University and Kansas City Kansas Community College with Data Quality Awards.

“Accurate data is essential for the Regents, elected officials and leaders in the higher education system," Dr. Flanders said. “The superior quality and accessibility of higher education data in Kansas helps us implement policies that adapt to the present and plan for the future. I congratulate Washburn University and Kansas City Kansas Community College for leading the way in data quality this year."

Now in its sixth year, the award serves as a way to recognize institutions for excellence in the quality of data submitted and the timeliness of submissions. Awards are given each June to the two institutions with superior ratings, recognizing the outstanding team of professionals who provide each institutional data to the Board.

"A tremendous amount of hard work and dedication is required by the data teams at higher education institutions," said KBOR Director of Data, Research and Planning Cynthia Farrier. "The Data Quality Awards give us a great opportunity to recognize the outstanding effort, commitment to best practices, and attention to detail required for high quality data."

Data are submitted throughout the year to support a variety of purposes, which include state funding distribution formulas, Board and Legislative strategic agendas, research initiatives, federal and state compliance, and data transparency efforts such as the Kansas DegreeStats website (www.ksdegreestats.org).

Included on the 2018 selection committee were representatives from last year's winning institutions: Emporia State University and Coffeyville Community College. Other past winners include: Johnson County Community College, Seward County Community College, Washburn Institute of Technology, Butler Community College, Pittsburg State University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Washburn University, and Neosho County Community College.

For more information, please contact Matt Keith at (785) 430-4237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas. Visit the Kansas Board of Regents online at www.kansasregents.org.

 

Regents pass resolution in support of funding for higher education

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March 14, 2018

Regents pass resolution in support of funding for higher education

(Pittsburg, Kan.) - The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) passed a resolution today that the Board will support only those funding solutions for education that include higher education.

“Education beyond high school is increasingly important for the prosperity of Kansas families and Kansas employers,” said Dave Murfin, KBOR chairman. “We ask that if the Legislature decides additional funding for education is appropriate, it will include Kansas universities, community colleges and technical colleges in that solution.”

“Studies show that by 2020 more than two-thirds of jobs in Kansas will require education beyond high school,” said KBOR Vice-chair Dennis Mullin. “Past cuts to public higher education pose significant challenges in our state’s ability to meet the increasing skilled workforce demands of the Kansas economy.”

The resolution passed by the Board follows:

Kansas Challenge

Evidence-based research studies have documented the critical importance, impact, and economic necessity of an education that includes attainment beyond high school. The facts are clear: An education beyond high school gives Kansas families the best chance of future prosperity and Kansas business leaders the skilled workforce needed to compete in the national and global marketplace.

Particularly since the Great Recession, state and national job markets are sending a single, unambiguous message: a high school diploma no longer constitutes a “suitable education.” Today’s jobs require educational attainment consistent with the capabilities and mission of technical colleges, community colleges and universities.

Kansas Imperative 

To protect and advance the interests of Kansas families and businesses in the 21st century economy, Kansas policy must recognize that a suitable education now includes education beyond high school.

KBOR Policy Resolution

The Kansas Board of Regents resolves that any prospective education investment by the Legislature that includes the Kansas K-12 system of public schools must also include the state’s public technical colleges, community colleges and universities. The Kansas Board of Regents only supports new funding that is aligned with this policy resolution.

For more information, please contact Matt Keith at (785) 383-7190 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.

Kansas Board of Regents announces Get AHEAD initiative

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May 8, 2018

Kansas Board of Regents announces Get AHEAD initiative

(Topeka, Kan.) - The Kansas Board of Regents has launched the Get AHEAD (Adult Higher Education Accessible Degrees) initiative to encourage and assist the 300,000 Kansas adults who have some college credit, but did not graduate, earn a degree.

The Get AHEAD initiative features seven of the 90 online bachelor’s degree programs currently offered by Kansas public universities, a reverse transfer option for students who attended a community or technical college and who are eligible to receive an associate degree, credit for prior learning and military training, and information about sources of financial aid.

Kansans who have earned some college credit, but did not obtain a degree, should visit getaheadkansas.org to learn more about the options available to them.

Representatives from universities, community colleges, technical colleges, workforce centers, chambers of commerce, media outlets, public libraries, and other organizations have collaborated on the development and implementation of a communication plan to help Kansas adults discover that it is never too late to earn a degree. Support for the Get AHEAD initiative has been provided by a $50,000 technical assistance grant from the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs.

For more information, please contact Matt Keith at (785) 430-4237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.

Kansas Board of Regents accepting public comment on changes to Adult Education plan

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Feb. 13, 2018

Kansas Board of Regents accepting public comment on changes to Adult Education plan

(Topeka, Kan.) - The Kansas Board of Regents invites comments on the proposed amendments to the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act section of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan for Kansas.

Proposed changes may be viewed here.

Comments are due electronically by 5 p.m. on March 14, 2018, to Connie Beene, Sr. Director, Adult & Career Technical Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, please contact Matt Keith at (785) 430-4237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About the Kansas Board of Regents:

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, high school equivalency, and career and technical education programs. Private proprietary schools and out-of-state institutions are authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to operate in Kansas.