Jan. 18, 2024

Regents express enthusiasm for Governor Kelly’s higher education budget proposal

(Topeka, Kan.) – Following today’s Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) meeting, Board Chair Jon Rolph issued the following statement on Governor Laura Kelly’s budget recommendations:

"The Governor’s budget recommends more than $237 million in enhancements that will help leverage the power of higher education to grow our state. Kansas colleges and universities create life-changing opportunities for families, build a robust talent pipeline for businesses and produce research and innovation that grows our state’s economy and uplifts Kansas communities.

"These funding recommendations include important need-based student financial aid, investment in student success initiatives, support for the construction of a cancer research facility, and workforce development projects including nursing, apprenticeships and micro-internships. The Governor has also recommended additional support for the Board’s facilities initiative, which is reducing the cost of deferred maintenance on state university campuses.

"The Regents are grateful for our partnership with the Governor and Legislature and look forward to continuing to work with them this session to advance prosperity in Kansas."

In September 2023, the Regents submitted a unified appropriations request for the state’s public higher education system to Governor Kelly. The Governor included more than $237 million in investments in higher education in the Fiscal Year 2025 budget proposal.

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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.