The Kansas Board of Regents shall pursue measurable continuous improvement in the quality and effectiveness of the public postsecondary educational system in Kansas, while expanding participation for all qualified Kansans. To achieve that mission, the Board will demand accountability, focus resources, and advocate powerfully.

State of Kansas Public University and College System
The Kansas Board of Regents governs six state universities and coordinates one municipal university, nineteen community colleges and six technical colleges. The Board of Regents’ purpose is to support this diverse group of public higher education institutions, each of which contributes to the social and economic well-being of Kansas and its citizens, and each of which seeks excellence. The Board fosters rigor, accountability and transparency, guards against unnecessary duplication in programming and operations, and brings unity and seamlessness to the system.

The mission of the Kansas public university and college system is to meet the educational needs of a diverse population and multifaceted society by providing teaching, research and service appropriate to the respective missions of its institutions. Those institutions provide education in liberal arts and the professions from the associate through the doctoral level, as well as a range of professional certifications. The system provides broad and affordable access to higher education, prepares students for the workforce and for life, and benefits the State as a whole through economic growth, research contributions, and advancing other aspirational goals of each institution.

Emporia State University
Emporia State University’s mission is preparing students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers and adaptive leadership.

Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University provides accessible quality education to Kansas, the nation, and the world through an innovative community of teacher-scholars and professionals to develop engaged global citizen-leaders.

Kansas State University
The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. The university embraces diversity, encourages engagement and is committed to the discovery of knowledge, the education of undergraduate and graduate students, and improvement in the quality of life and standard of living of those we serve. 

Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg State University, a comprehensive regional university, provides undergraduate and graduate programs and services to the people of southeast Kansas, but also to others who seek the benefits offered. This is accomplished by the unique combination of academic programs in the four colleges of the University Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Technology. The University is equally committed to fulfilling its statewide mission in technology and economic development by facilitating partnerships with secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, businesses and industries. 

University of Kansas and the University of Kansas Medical Center
The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship and creative endeavor. The University of Kansas is the only Kansas Regents university to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a select group of fifty-eight public and private research universities that represent excellence in graduate and professional education and the highest achievements in research internationally. 

The KU Medical Center trains professionals to meet a wide range of health needs in Kansas – from the critical need for primary care and prevention to the urgent need for highly innovative and specialized clinical care. Further, the Medical Center produces medical scientists who are essential for basic and translational research, supplying the state’s bioscience and biotech workforce and creating economic development. The KU Medical Center serves people throughout the State of Kansas and the region, in rural as well as urban areas. The programs of the KU Medical Center are comprehensive and maintain the high scholarship and academic excellence upon which the University’s reputation is based. 

Wichita State University
The mission of Wichita State University is to be an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good.

Community Colleges
The mission of Kansas community colleges is to provide access to quality education programs and services to those who may benefit from services of the institutions. The primary educational function of the community college sector is to help students achieve successful outcomes in such areas as: degree programs designed for transfer, technical education certificate and degree programs, adult education, developmental education, and customized training to assist business and industry.

Community colleges may offer noncredit courses, customized training, technical certificates, and the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies, and the Associate of Applied Science degrees.

Technical Colleges
The mission of the Kansas technical college sector is to prepare individuals for gainful employment in technical and professional careers supporting economic development and civic responsibility. Technical colleges meet this mission through provision of technical programs, adult basic education, developmental education supporting technical degrees and certificates, and customized training to assist business and industry.

Technical colleges may offer noncredit courses, customized training, technical certificates and the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Washburn University
Pursuant to K.S.A. 72-6525, the Board is to review the mission and goals statement that is developed by Washburn University as well as determine the effectiveness of the University in complying with its mission and goals statement. Washburn University’s mission statement may be found on the University’s website.

Washburn University Institute of Technology
Washburn Institute of Technology, a technical school affiliated with the University of Washburn, may offer noncredit courses, customized training, and technical certificates.