Archive for Monday, July 2, 2012

Fort Hays State banks $1.5M yearly from China

July 2, 2012


HAYS — Fort Hays State has been collecting about $1.5 million a year from the tuition that students in China pay to attend Fort Hays' classes at universities in China.

Fort Hays State has sent faculty members to two Chinese universities where about 3,500 Chinese students are taking courses leading to U.S. bachelor's degrees. Students in the People's Republic of China pay to take courses for their Chinese degree while enrolled in a separate track for their Fort Hays coursework, The Kansas City Star reported Monday.

Fort Hays charges those Chinese students more for classes than Kansas students pay at the Hays campus in western Kansas. The China students also pay an international fee of about $30 per credit hour.

Fort Hays courses in China lead to bachelor's degrees in several areas, including political science and information networking telecommunications. A bachelor of arts in global business English is scheduled to start this fall.

Under Fort Hays State's program in the People's Republic of China, Fort Hays pays its faculty members there, but the Chinese government gives them room and board. Fort Hays operates out of an existing Chinese college so it incurs no overhead beyond the salaries it would pay anyway.

Ed Hammond, Fort Hays State president, said that state support to higher education has been on a steady decline, and he has "no shame in having China supplement our instruction at Fort Hays."

He said the money from China helps offset costs for students in Kansas. Fort Hays, a public university in western Kansas, has the lowest tuition among schools in several Midwestern states.

Hammond said it costs less than $2,000 a semester for a full-time Kansas student taking 15 credit hours to attend Fort Hays State. That's about $12,600 for a four-year education — or about $1,000 more than an out-of-state student would spend for just one semester at the University of Kansas.

Hammond and other administrators traveled to China several times in 1999 and 2000 to set up the partnership.

"We wanted our degree in China to mean the same as the one issued here," said Cindy Elliot, assistant provost for strategic partnerships.

He said the next step for Fort Hays, which has about 200 Chinese students among the 5,000 on its Hays campus, is to send more Kansas students to study in China.


Jonathan Fox 5 years, 10 months ago

Let me get this straight.

$12,600 = 4-year degree from Fort Hays University

$11,600 = One out-of-state SEMESTER from the University of Kansas

Where does all that money go at KU?

Tuition is only I think 40% of KU's income as it is. There's also the Billion dollar endowment, huge alumni gifts, etc. Why does it still need money from the state?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 10 months ago

I have often wondered why Pittsburg State has a footprint in Kansas City. Seems that if these institutions have the money to build in other towns, then they should have the money to support themselves without their hands out to the taxpayer. I will bet you most of us could take that 11,600 per student provide them with a quality education and put money in the bank.

absolutelyridiculous 5 years, 10 months ago

Way to go FHSU! So proud to be a FHSU alumni. I know in one department, they had a 400% increase in enrollment last year. Hmmmm? Could it be KU is finally pricing themselves out of the market?

Topple 5 years, 10 months ago

This is why I went to JCCC for my first 2 years. It makes absolutely no sense to goto KU for all four years of your bachelors unless you are on scholarships. My two years at JCCC cost the same as one semester at KU.

Four years at KU (2 years Arts School, 2 years Business School) (Tuition + Differential Fees) + Annual Campus Fees Total Explicit Cost, not counting books = $45,521

Two years at JCCC + Two Years at KU Plenty of free parking for everyone, no differential fees. Total Explicit Cost, not counting books = $5040 + $23,241 = $28,281

Save more than $17,000 by going to community college for first two years.

thinkinganalytically 5 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps KU is more expensive because it does more. FHSU has "over 60 majors", while KU has "over 190 majors".

lily 5 years, 10 months ago

Agreed that KU has a lot more choices. However, if FHSU offers your area of study and you can get a good quality education, KU is way overpriced. Those students who dream of going to KU because they are from Lawrence or had family who went are paying a lot but not getting any more than if they go elsewhere. So, go elsewhere, right? That's not the issue though. I still think KU has made and continues to make changes that don't attract the students it was meant to. FHSU has found a way to keep the costs down for those who attend the Hays campus while providing an opportunity elsewhere. Pretty clever.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like KU needs some visonary lessons from Ed Hammond. Please don't tell me he makes less then Little.

deec 5 years, 10 months ago

Hammond is just as much a petty dictator as KU's chancellor. He forced the students to vote for a fee increase 3 or 4 times to fund a soccer complex until he got the yes he wanted. A fancy new alumni center was also built under his tutelage.

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