June 9, 2021

Emporia State and Fort Scott Community College recognized in Data Quality Awards

(Topeka, Kan.) -  At this week’s Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) 2021 Data Quality and Planning Conference, Dr. Blake Flanders, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, presented Data Quality Awards to Emporia State University and Fort Scott Community College.

Now in its ninth year, the Data Quality Award serves 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 institutional data to the Board.

“Data is key for understanding the performance of today’s higher education system and how graduates fuel the state’s economic prosperity. Providing quality and meaningful data requires dedicated data teams,” said KBOR Director of Data, Research and Planning Cynthia Farrier. “This year’s awardees, JoLanna Kord (Emporia State University) and Jacob Reichard (Fort Scott Community College), have distinguished themselves through exemplary effort and commitment to the highest data standards.”

Data is submitted throughout the year to support a variety of purposes, including distribution formulas for state and federal funds, Board and legislative agendas, research initiatives, federal and state compliance, and consumer information such as the tools found on the Kansas Higher Education Statistics and the Kansas DegreeStats websites ( and

Included on the 2021 selection committee were representatives from last year’s recipients, the Butler Community College and Flint Hills Technical College. Other past recipients include Coffeyville Community College, Emporia State University, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Neosho County Community College, Pittsburg State University, Seward County Community College, the University of Kansas, Washburn University, Washburn Institute of Technology, and the Wichita State Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.

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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.