The Kansas Board of Regents today is scheduled to discuss separating the state's six public universities from the legislative budgeting process.
A favorite idea of Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the plan would, among other things, give the universities far more control over tuition rates and tuition waivers than currently is available to them.
The regents, meeting this week in Emporia, would have to approve any changes in tuition and tuition waivers, which could be granted to any student or group of students.
The proposal also would need support of Gov. Bill Graves and the Kansas Legislature.
In other action, the board is scheduled to approve fund-raising and improvement projects on the university campuses, including at KU.
KU is asking approval for the Kansas University Endowment Association to begin raising $22 million to carry out a master landscape plan for the Lawrence campus.
The university also seeks approval to begin construction on a $2.8-million brain imaging building on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The one-story building will house magnetic imaging equipment. The KU Endowment Association would pay for the cost of construction.
KU also wants authority to repair and expand the Lawrence campus tennis courts at a cost of $70,000, also paid for by KUEA.
The board also was scheduled to recognize the university fraternity systems for reducing alcohol use by members.
And Board Chairman Clay Blair III has gifts for all those in attendance when the board approves a slogan for the regents system.
Blair has had 200 bumper stickers printed bearing the new slogan "Advancing Knowledge Expecting Excellence." All those attending the meeting will be given stickers. Blair plans to send stickers to state legislators as well.
The regents meeting begins at 9 a.m. today in Visser Hall on the Emporia State University campus.