Archive for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Regents plan retreat to make priorities

August 14, 2012


TOPEKA— The Kansas Board of Regents will spend three days this week at a hunting resort during its annual retreat to discuss higher education issues and what to seek from Gov. Sam Brownback and the 2013 Kansas Legislature, which convenes in January.

“Hopefully, we get to the end of this and we will have some idea what our legislative agenda is going to be,” said new Regents Chairman Tim Emert of Independence.

Given the tight budgets of recent years, Emert said, he hopes higher education “can hold our own and get targeted funding that both the governor and Legislature” can approve.

The retreat starts today as board members talk with representatives of technical schools, community colleges and regents universities, including Kansas University.

On Thursday, the board will hear from former KU provost David Shulenburger, who is a senior fellow at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, and will talk about trends in higher education. Regents will also discuss the issue of distance learning.

On Friday, the board will discuss its goals for the coming school year.

In recent discussions with the board, KU officials have said they want the higher education budget proposal to include $30 million to construct a new $75 million medical education building at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. And they want a $2.5-million-per-year appropriation to support an institute that would combine various areas of research to develop and commercialize new drug and disease treatments.

The regents retreat is being held at Flint Oak, a hunting and fishing resort outside the small town of Fall River in southeast Kansas. It was selected by Emert, who said the regents got a lot done last year during a retreat at a hunting resort in Arcadia.

At that annual meeting last year, Brownback visited and told higher education officials that the academic rankings of Kansas universities had to improve. In the latest U.S. News and World Report, KU ranked 46th among public schools and 101st among all national universities. Kansas State ranked 73rd among public schools and 143rd among all national universities.

Brownback will not be attending this retreat.


question4u 5 years, 10 months ago

Retreats are held in the corporate world all the time because they have been shown to increase productivity. There is no information in the article about costs or who is paying for the retreat. The regents could even be paying the costs themselves. There is no information about whether it would be cheaper or more expensive to hold the three-day meeting somewhere else. Hunting resorts don't do a lot of business during the off season and would be a good choice for a retreat if you're trying to hold down costs.

Nevertheless, the first poster is ready to make a blanket statement of opinion in the complete absence of factual information. There's everything that's wrong with Kansas in a nutshell.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 10 months ago

First priority: Elect some new people to the house. Without that the universities are all screwed.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 10 months ago

Most likely a total waste of taxpayer money. That is why they will not say how much it cost, and who paid for it.

Clovis Sangrail 5 years, 10 months ago

They did not say, and the reporter did not bother to ask.

Given that the entire meeting seems to be about budget issued, shouldn't that have been the first question out of his mouth?

This looks like nothing more than a re-hash of a Regents' press release.

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