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Higher ed leaders push hard for end to budget cuts

April 30, 2010

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— State higher education leaders have embarked on an unprecedented effort to try to stop the Legislature from making more budget cuts to schools and lobby for a tax increase.

The message was delivered by the Kansas Board of Regents, the leaders of all 32 institutions, and public university alumni associations that represent more than 400,000 graduates.

“Additional cuts would inflict serious damage to our colleges and universities; new revenue is needed,” said Jill Docking, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said, “What we’re joining together to say to policymakers is that the future prosperity of Kansas depends on making needed investments in higher education now.”

Gray-Little and Docking were among 10 higher education leaders who sent an opinion column to media outlets.

The leaders of seven university alumni associations sent a letter to lawmakers.

Sue Shields of Wichita, chair of the KU Alumni Association Board of Directors, was one of those.

“We understand these are challenging times, but only by investing in our state’s universities can we ensure Kansas is ready for the economic recovery. If that requires new revenue, we know our members would support such a move because they believe in the power of higher education to improve lives and grow the economy,” the alumni leaders wrote.

Over the past year, Kansas’ public universities, community colleges and technical colleges have been cut 13 percent, or $106 million. That has resulted in more than 1,000 employees and positions laid off, held vacant or eliminated, and more than 450 academic programs and classes eliminated.

At KU, this has meant $37.3 million in cuts and unfunded mandates, officials said. This has led to reduced course offerings, larger classes and limits on enrollment. This fall, the School of Nursing will have its smallest incoming class in decades because of limits imposed by faculty cuts, school officials said.

Comments

KU_cynic 4 years, 7 months ago

For crying out loud, KU -- cut back some less impactful programs (e.g., American Studies, Sports Management), reallocate the resources, and hire some nursing professors!

"Nobody move or the n* gets it!"

n** = nurses

Phillbert 4 years, 7 months ago

Why don't you tell us which department you teach in, KU_cynic?

Phillbert 4 years, 7 months ago

And the reason I ask is that that department clearly has at least one professor who seems to have plenty of time on his/her hands to comment on stories.

KU_cynic 4 years, 7 months ago

Yeah ,a 20-second post at 8:52 on a Friday night . . . I'm clearly slacking, Phillbert. I'll say 20 rock-chalk chants and sing the alma mater five times for penance.

I'll give you a clue: I'm not in the business of teaching future nurses or science/math teachers, where KU has threatened to cut back when it should be doing just the opposite. Nor am I teaching in a low-value (choose your target) XYZ-studies program that should be a target for elimination in an era of scarce resources.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 7 months ago

KU should just increase tuition in proportion to the state cuts. Problem solved.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 7 months ago

lawrenceguy40,

Just to make sure you are clean, I think you need to demonstrate that you in no way benefit from state spending. Answer these questions: 1) What is your job? 2) Does any money you make come from state funds or state contracts? 3) Has anyone who has ever bought your products or services been paid by the state or a state contract?

Let's see just how far from the state teat you are, lawrenceguy40.

exactexpress 4 years, 7 months ago

Average Prof salary at KU is around $150,000... Average Kansan salary $39,000... so maybe KU (and some of the other state colleges) could give up pay increases say for the next 20 years until their pay is in line with the rest of the state

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