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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

Regents to visit KU

September 16, 2001

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— State higher education officials will get a whirlwind look at Kansas University next week.

The Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to visit the Lawrence campus all day on Tuesday.

The visit is part of a new plan by the regents to spend a day on each public university campus to learn more about the institutions, regents spokesman Dick Carter said.

Mary Burg, executive assistant to KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, said KU has a schedule for the nine regents that is worthy of an honor student.

"We want to give them a better sense of what KU is doing," Burg said.

She said KU wants the regents to know how the university is helping and serving the state.

During the day, the regents members will attend a class, have lunch with students who are involved in community outreach and get an in-depth look at the schools' programs in special education, producing city managers and even firefighter training.

KU officials also will brief regents on efforts by KU to expand life sciences research, Burg said.

Carter said regents will visit two or three schools per year. Previously, the regents had one of its monthly meetings each year at a college campus. But they have abandoned that policy because it was so much trouble for the schools, Carter said.

Under the new plan, he said, the regents can visit the school, experience what is going on and not burden the school with having to make plans to be host to the regents' meeting.

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