Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

KU plans to ask state for $30 million to build $75 million medical education building

June 13, 2012


— Kansas University is seeking $30 million in state funds to build a new medical education building.

The total cost of the facility, which will be built at the KU School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan., is expected to reach $75 million. KU says it will provide $30 million in private funds and revenue bonds, and use $15 million from a medical resident FICA refund.

“This request reflects our efforts to increase the stature of the medical school,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a letter to the Kansas Board of Regents.

The board will consider the proposal June 21, along with specific funding requests from all public institutions of higher education. The board will finalize its budget request to Gov. Sam Brownback by October.

KU officials say the current medical education building, which opened in 1976, is too small, outdated and doesn’t meet standards required by the school’s accrediting body. Its classrooms are designed for lectures rather than modern small-group learning.

The School of Medicine has proposed increasing the class size of its current Kansas City campus by 50 students, from 175 to 225.

“This year, 100 qualified Kansas applicants were not admitted to the KU School of Medicine because we did not have space for a larger class,” KU said.

Last year, KU made a similar request, but regents told school officials that Brownback’s office wanted the funding of the project to be nailed down further.

In its budget request, KU also wants a recurring annual appropriation of $2.5 million to support a Kansas Institute for Translational Chemical Biology, which Gray-Little said will build on KU’s drug discovery efforts, and support both the KU Cancer Center and the school’s continuing membership in the Association of American Universities.

KU has been a national leader in pharmaceutical research, but competing universities have made significant investments in this area, according to KU’s submission to the regents. “It is thus imperative that we provide the basic infrastructure to continue this strong research area at the heart of drug discovery,” the memo said.

And KU will request additional state funding to improve the KU Medical Center, including the School of Medicine in Wichita. In this area, KU is working on raising private and philanthropic funds and is conducting a study that will provide information the school said it needs before making a specific funding request for the board to consider.

Other big-ticket funding requests before the regents include:

• $16 million in additional funding for technical colleges.

• $15 million for expansion of the Kansas Technology Center at Pittsburg State University.

• $5 million annual appropriation to expand agricultural research at Kansas State University.

• $5 million annual appropriation to improve the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at KSU.

• $5 million annual appropriation for a research synergy center at KSU.

• $8 million for community colleges.

• $5.25 million funding increase for the College of Health Professions at Wichita State.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 11 months ago

I am in full agreement. The University should support itself.

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 11 months ago

Why would KU support itself when it can get the city to build it a new track for the Relays?

question4u 5 years, 11 months ago

Right, state universities should support themselves. In other words, state universities should become private universities, just as they have in...well, in no other state...but Kansas can be the first to try that out. After all, eliminating public funding for the arts turned out to be such a good idea that it lasted for a whole year. Somebody tell Brownback. After all, eliminating state funding for higher education would be like a shot of adrenaline to the heart of the Kansas economy. Offsetting state support with large increases in tuition would surely produce a more educated workforce. Corporations would no doubt flock to Kansas if the state no longer supported universities. Let the prosperity begin.

grimpeur 5 years, 11 months ago

I'm picking up your sarcasm, you grumpypants, you!

You know that we have concerned legislators with a vision of a future built on coal mining, don't you? And, thanks to these same people, we'll soon be rid of the burden of taxes required for roads and hospitals and firetrucks, so things are looking up!

Just think how cheap it will be to live here! And without an educated or healthy workforce, we might as well...wait for it...import even cheaper labor than we do now! Hard to believe, I know, but cheaper labor in turn yields cheaper products, thus raising even less revenue for all of us to not spend on any sort of socialist programs like snowplows, parking spaces, and pothole repair people.

Now you turn that frown upside down!

JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 11 months ago

Every time someone proposes to build something that will contribute toward making Kansas a great state, the GOP in kansas torpedoes it so the Koch brothers can have their tax bill cut. Thank goodness three federal judges did a bang up redistricting job after the legislature failed to do their job. We have an opportunity to fix Kansas with the next general election. The GOP has had total control of the state and look at the mess. Vote change in November. Put the democrats in charge of the legislature. Then Kansas can be great again...

JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 11 months ago

If you want to live in a low tax country, I suggest you move to Mexico, Iraq, Afganistan, Syria, or North Korea. I don't want to live in a low tax country. I want to live in a fair tax country that raises enough public sector resources to provide th services we all expect. Your fantasy view of taxes and the public sector is why we have a national debt in the trillions and why Kansas will have a state debt in the billions in the coming years.

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

good luck with the coming $3 billion budget deficit

Alexander Smith 5 years, 11 months ago

lol now wait. KU, who pays a coach 30 MILLION dollars and blows untold money on giving its athelets a easy ride through college.. wants ME to help pay for a medical building? *&^% no! The state just cut insane amount of money on taxes decrease and thanks to our moron gov rejected a huge sum of money for the medical deal. And KU has the gaul to aske for money for a building!!! When we all know the first cuts are going to be our education for our young children. KISS OFF KU! Your building is not going to bring in enough money to compensate for the people losing their jobs and education suffereing. Plus all the money it would bring in would be going back to KU and its staff.. We will never see any benefits from it.

Things like this that proves how BAD KU is as a school overall. Want a good education.. go to the BIG 10.

jackson5 5 years, 11 months ago

Every year, KU uses tax dollars and tuition to pay about $1.8 million to KU Athletics for some of Athletics' payroll and maintenance expenses.

In addition to paying athletic expenses, KU also diverted a lucrative revenue stream, the proceeds from the coke sold on campus, to KU Athletics when the Coke contract was renewed. The contract is now payable directly to the athletics department c/o the KUAI CFO.

A beautiful medical building would be an asset to the community but why should taxpayers chip in when KU continues to use taxpayer dollars and tuition to subsidize one of the largest athletic departments in the nation? Our peers (including KSU) have athletic departments that are not only self-supporting, but give back funds to their Universities for libraries and non-athletic scholarships.

Beth Bird 5 years, 11 months ago

I don't think the State should bankroll this project (not that they have the money anyways). I am a huge supporter of education but I think KU can pay for this themselves. Perhaps from the athletic fund?

Frightwig 5 years, 11 months ago

The university and the athletic department are two separate entities. There's no sense in saying "take it out of the athletic funds."

jackson5 5 years, 11 months ago

Separate entities?!? Tell that to the KU students who have paid nearly $8 million over the past 4 years in required campus fees to KU Athletics. The members of KU's 2012 class each paid $290 directly to KU Athletics in mandatory fees (and $370 if they took 5 years to graduate). KU students even ponied up to finance the boathouse on the Kansas River after KU athletics lobbied for additional student fees.

Upstate 5 years, 11 months ago

If they are so separate, then why are KU Athletics staff children eligible for the KU faculty/staff dependent scholarships? These scholarship funds are a limited pool each year - if one student gets it, others get less or nothing at all. Scroll through this list to see how many millionaire coaches signed their daughters up to receive the $1,000 scholarships.

globehead 5 years, 11 months ago

The only way KU gets money from the state is if it's for Creation Medicine.

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