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Board of Regents announces 2018 fall semester enrollment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 1, 2018

Board of Regents announces 2018 fall semester enrollment

Please note fall 2017 enrollment figures for have been revised since the initial announcement. The following news release has been updated to reflect this revision. Fall 2018 FTE student enrollment numbers remain unchanged.

(Topeka, Kan.) - Preliminary figures released today by the Kansas Board of Regents show a small decrease in systemwide enrollment of full-time equivalent (FTE) students.

“While enrollment results this year are mixed, the Board continues to look at ways we can help more Kansans advance their education beyond high school,” said Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. “Increasing the number of Kansans who earn a certificate or degree helps increase earnings for families and helps our businesses thrive.”

Please click here for preliminary fall enrollment figures for each institution.

The Board of Regents opted this summer to transition from the traditional 20th day headcount metric to a full-time equivalency metric for 2018. This change will provide uniform data across the system to the Board, to leaders from across the system, and to the public. The headcount model no longer provides the best analysis of current enrollment patterns. For example, in Academic Year 2017, 63 percent of students were enrolled on a part-time basis.

Full time equivalency is calculated by dividing the total number of undergraduate credit hours taken in a semester by 15 and graduate credit hours by 12.

For more information, 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.

KBOR approves unified appropriation request

KBOR approves unified appropriation request
Regents request restoration of funding

(Topeka, Kan.) -  The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) approved its unified appropriation request for the public higher education system for the next two fiscal years today. For the state universities, the request includes $50 million for Fiscal Year 2020 and an additional $35 million for Fiscal Year 2021. The total investment of $85 million would create more opportunities for individual Kansans and provide Kansas businesses with the talent they need to succeed in this competitive economy.

State universities have seen repeated cuts since Fiscal Year 2009. The requested restoration of funding aligns with the Regents’ strategic goals of increasing the number of Kansans with a certificate, degree, or other credential, and will help keep higher education affordable for students and their families.

“Education beyond high school offers Kansas families the best path to prosperity, trains the skilled workforce demanded by businesses, and is an engine of economic growth,” said KBOR Chair Regent Dennis Mullin. “We are asking the Legislature to restore state universities and make other strategic investments in our students that will benefit our state’s economy.”

The request for state appropriation also includes tuition assistance for National Guard Members, full funding for the Excel in Career Technical Education Initiative, funding for the postsecondary tiered and non-tiered technical state aid gap, state aid for Washburn University, and funding for additional need-based student financial aid with a private match. The complete request for the next two fiscal years can be viewed here.

The Unified State Appropriations Request will now be sent to the Governor’s budget office.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

 

Board of Regents approves state university tuition rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

Kansas Board of Regents announces Get AHEAD initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.