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Dealing with the current Legislature is like the old saying that to get the attention of a mule, you have to hit him in the head with a two by four
An interim committee, with adequate lead time to prepare briefing papers and make plans for meaningful campus visits, is a good next step. However, do read the full July 22 Wichita Eagle article at http://www.kansas.com/2013/07/22/2900434/legislators-university-leaders.html. This editorial quotes from it very selectively, implying that the Regents and others on the campuses were not forthcoming with data or didn't want to meet with legislators, etc. Based on news reports and the universities' own statements, that was not at all the case. Sen. Wagle says “My senators didn’t feel like they got the information from universities that they wanted.” More likely, her senators didn't like the information they did receive, or couldn't handle the truth about higher education funding in Kansas. The "family fight" she refers to was one-sided.
The Universities have made meaningful cuts. Positions are not being filled creating a staffing issue with work not being able to get completed, a salary cap which allows good faculty to be lured away to other institutions, reducing the number of students admitted or cutting programs. The various colleges have made meaningful cuts. You get what you pay for. Go ahead, keep cutting education and remember that when you need a doctor to perform surgery, or an engineer to fix your broken bridge.
Susie-Q -- Ever consider that the "family" is completely dysfunctional and you're one of the reasons? There's always one "touched" family member who shows up at the reunion and the rest of the family is polite but they keep their distance.
“It’s like we’re all a big family, and we’ve had this family fight,” Wagle told the Wichita Eagle. “Now we need to talk.”
Maybe because the legislature required some unwanted, unasked for, and unfunded programs? http://www.khi.org/news/2013/apr/22/governor-signs-law-stem-cell-center-bill/
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