The Kansas Board of Regents is gathering information about Washburn University and the ramifications of bringing the Topeka university into the regents system.
The regents met Tuesday with members of the Kansas State Board of Education.
Washburn, the only municipal university in the United States, has been the subject of regents discussions for several years. Information is being gathered about the cost of making Washburn a state school. The study should be completed next spring.
There are now seven regents institutions in Kansas, including Kansas University. Opponents of the measure to include Washburn say the state already has difficulty supporting its existing regents institutions. Outgoing Gov. Mike Hayden strongly supported bringing Washburn into the state system. Gov.-elect Joan Finney has said she doesn't believe the state can afford to bring Washburn into the regents system at this time.