Topeka The state Board of Regents decided Thursday that an affiliation between Fort Hays State University and Pratt Community College should not be pursued in the near future.
Citing a need for more information, the regents said the two schools could not move forward with their intent to make the Pratt campus a satellite of Fort Hays State. Instead, the regents will create a state model to use for aligning community colleges with the six state universities.
"There's a long way to go," said Regent Fred Kerr.
Despite the decision, Fort Hays State President Ed Hammond said the talks have been beneficial for both institutions, which have been discussing an affiliation for several years.
Fort Hays State has begun offering more courses in the Pratt area, meeting a need for higher education opportunities in rural areas.
The proposal would have allowed junior- and senior-level undergraduate courses at the Pratt campus, which is about 80 miles west of Wichita.
Fort Hays State, about 110 miles northwest of Pratt, is the only public university in the western half of the state.