Kansas University's William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications can now officially move forward with plans for a Global Center for Marketing Communication and Journalism.
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday approved KU's request to establish the center, which will be administered by the school and funded through foundation and federal grants, not state money.
Responding to an increase in international research opportunities and in the demand for faculty expertise in that area, the center will provide on-campus classroom and workshop instruction, training for media professionals and curricular counseling for university administrators. The center will also facilitate international exchanges among faculty and students.
Journalism school administrators plan to link the center to KU's four international centers -- Russian and East European studies, Latin American studies, African and African-American studies, and East Asian studies.
Faculty salaries top
To remind state lawmakers and Gov. Bill Graves that they are serious about their aggressive three-year plan to bolster faculty salaries, members of the Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday decided to lump together separate requests for the first year of salary increases for the upcoming budget cycle.
The current plan calls for a 3.6 percent cost-of-living increase, as well as an additional 4 percent to begin making up ground on a 12 percent overall gap between salaries at regents institutions and those at designated peer institutions -- which vary from school to school.
Put together, the 7.6 percent increase adds up to $33.4 million for fiscal 2000.
``If we are serious about the faculty salary enhancements, we ought to be presenting them as one,'' regent Murray Lull said.
The faculty salary issue was one of several budget priorities for fiscal year 2000 established Thursday for the six schools the board oversees. The others are: maintaining base budgets; increasing non-enhancement budget items such as service for new buildings; increasing current services' budgets; enhancing operating expenses including for libraries, and enhancing specific projects at individual campuses.
to tuition plan
The co-chair of the Kansas Board of Regents' Budget Development & Tuition Committee told leaders of Kansas University, Kansas State University and Wichita State University that the committee was sensitive to some of the difficulties, administrative and fiscal, caused by the state's tuition accountability program.
Unveiled two years ago, the program allows a portion of tuition revenue increases at KU, KSU and WSU to remain on the campuses rather than flow to the state general fund. That new authority was coupled with consequences for failure to meet certain ``performance indicators,'' such as graduation rates and research expenditures.
While the program ``has merit and ought not be disturbed,'' regent Murray Lull noted that the future might bring ``significant and compelling reasons to address shortfalls.''
``We are sympathetic to (both) the pains and gains that this system creates,'' he said.
for new KU hall
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday authorized Kansas University to accept $1.5 million donated to the university by K.K. and Margaret Amini for construction of a new scholarship hall just north of the existing Amini Scholarship Hall, near 14th and Louisiana.
Total estimated cost of the project, not including furnishings, is $2.2 million. It will be funded through the Amini gift and other private funds on deposit with the KU Endowment Association. The design of the new building, a women's hall, will mimic that of the Amini men's hall next door.
The hall will have 12, four-person suites, a director's apartment, as well as a president and proctor two-person suite.
KUMC fitness center
The Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., was authorized on Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents to build a $360,000 addition to the Kirmayer Fitness Center on the KUMC campus.
The addition will be about 2,300 square feet, and will be situated on the southwest side of the current facility. It will house two racquetball courts, a group activity room and screened outdoor mechanical plazas.
The project will be funded entirely with private funds through the Kirmayer Trust endowment.