The University Engineering Initiative Act (UEIA) supports the increase of engineering graduates in Kansas with legislative appropriations totaling $105M over 10 years.
Recognizing the competitive need for an increase in the number of engineering graduates in Kansas, beginning in 2012 the legislature has provided support to the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Wichita State University to ensure engineering industry partners find the new talent, designs, and techniques needed to fuel economic growth and business success in Kansas. Each university is matching this legislative investment, dollar for dollar, resulting in over $200M in total being directed towards the education of engineers in Kansas.
Through increased enrollments, better connections for students at critical stages with Kansas companies, and increased opportunities for scholarships and internships, the three universities will increase undergraduate engineering degrees to 1,365 annually by 2021. Each university is measured bi-annually on progress benchmarked against specific metrics to ensure goals are met.
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Snapshot of Success
- In the Fall of 2015, there were a total of 8,220 engineering students enrolled at University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Wichita State University, up from 7,992 engineering students enrolled the year before, an increase of 38.5% since 2008.
- Following the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, there were a total of 1,285 engineering graduates; the previous year there were a total of 1,165 engineering graduates. [The initiative's baseline was 875 graduates in 2008.]
- In 2015, 530 recent engineering graduates remained in Kansas, up from 485 the year before.