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Sebelius signs legacy tuition bill

March 27, 2009

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Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday signed into law two bills sought by Kansas University.

Sebelius signed House Bill 2007, which will authorize the Kansas Board of Regents to consider and approve a broader range of tuition waivers as proposed by state universities.

KU officials have been discussing a plan to allow tuition breaks to students from out of state who are children or grandchildren of KU alumni.

The so-called legacy tuition plan would help bring top-quality students from other states who may be inclined to stay in Kansas after they graduate, KU officials have told lawmakers.

And Sebelius signed House Bill 2197, which would allow the Kansas Board of Regents to set admissions standards for the state’s public universities.

Currently in Kansas, students may be admitted to a regents university if they have graduated from an accredited high school and have an ACT composite score of 21, rank in the top third of their high school graduating class or earn at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a prescribed curriculum.

KU has been pushing for more stringent admission standards, saying the existing ones are too lenient and outdated.

The governor also signed a bill that will allow training in geriatric medicine to be included in the Medical Student Loan Program. That program requires one year of service in a rural or medically underserved area for each year of receiving loans or scholarships. “Expanding this program to include geriatric medicine is good news for older Kansans,” Sebelius said.

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topflight 5 years, 5 months ago

What about my daughter? I understand that we get in state tuition but I think this i jsut as ridiculous as letting non-citizens get a tuition break.

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Professczar 5 years, 5 months ago

Topflight,

What does this have to do with your daughter? And why, exactly, do you think this is just as ridiculous as letting non-citizens receive tuition breaks? As long as your daughter is capable of meeting the higher admission standards, she suffers no harm from either policy.

My wife and I are both fiercely proud KU grads. We have been members of the Alumni Association for many years and, in recognition of the opportunities that were opened to us during our years as KU undergraduates, we make annual donations specifically targeted to those departments from which we earned our degrees. [Something, BTW, that I would encourage anyone who donates to KU to do.] We would both very much like to return home to Kansas. Unfortunately, my job prevents us from doing so. Our daughter, who is now nearing the age when she must begin considering colleges, has repeatedly expressed her desire to attend KU. We would love to be able to send her there -- however, the prospect of having to pay out of state tuition means that she is far more likely to end up at a public university in the state in which we reside.

Higher standards for the state's flagship university is a concept that is long overdue in Kansas. Tuition breaks for those legacy admits who meet these higher standards would, in turn, enable KU to attract still more of the best and brightest to "come home." No doubt many would stay after graduation -- thus increasing the state's intellectual capital while contributing to another generation of devoted KU grads.

How anyone who knows and loves KU could think that either of these proposals is "ridiculous" is simply beyond me.

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scribe 5 years, 5 months ago

czar...you didn't stay in kansas.

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Shardwurm 5 years, 5 months ago

"The so-called legacy tuition plan would help bring top-quality students from other states who may be inclined to stay in Kansas after they graduate, KU officials have told lawmakers."

This is laughable. I mean really. Is the assumption that simply because these kids are decendants of KU grads that they're automatically 'top-quality'? Just a fallacy.

What this is really about is drawing more dollars to KU. Nothing more. Nothing less. The educational industry in the US continues to blow smoke and over-inflate their prices and importance.

I know someone with a Masters of Psychology working at a retail store. KU had no problem laughing all the way to bank on that one. They'll smile and tell you that BA in Sociology is worth $80,000. What they won't tell you is that the payback time on that education is about 60 years.

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