Archive for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Regents considering higher education budget for next session

September 15, 2013


— Stung by recent budget cuts, the Kansas Board of Regents is attempting to formulate a new funding plan.

The board is expected to discuss its appropriations request Wednesday and finalize a plan Thursday for submission to Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature.

In recent discussions, board members have said they want to restore funds that were cut and push again for construction of a $75 million health education building at the Kansas University Medical Center.

The regents made a request last year for the building to be financed through a combination of state funding, a FICA refund and private donations. But the Legislature's budget made no commitment of state funding.

During the past legislative session, Republican leaders pushed through approximately $34.3 million in cuts in state funding to public universities over two years. Gov. Sam Brownback signed those cuts into law, but since has said he will support attempts to restore the funding.

The cuts represented an across-the-board reduction and salary reductions that varied greatly in percentage among the universities.

KU's reduction totaled about $5.3 million over two years, while KUMC's was $8.3 million.

In its new budget request to the regents, KU also is seeking $4.5 million to "stabilize" the expansion to a four-year curriculum at the School of Medicine in Wichita, $2.8 million for course redesign and online technologies and $2.5 million for an institute that will be focused on promoting chemical biology research and drug discovery and development.


oldexbeat 4 years, 9 months ago

will be interesting to see how that not-Republican Republican lawyer votes. When you got to lie to get on a Regents board you must love higher education, right ? Probably be a big supporter of increased budgets and taxes, if needed. Right ? Huh ?

oldexbeat 4 years, 9 months ago

PS Oral Roberts Uni background for the lawyer How's that school doing ?

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 9 months ago

I'm sure Brownback will vocally support restored funding and new initiatives, until the legislature passes more cuts and he signs them into law.

Having one's cake and eating it, too. An operating principle of the Brownback administration.

wastewatcher 4 years, 9 months ago

It is about time for the Regents to figure out how they can do "more with less" not "less with more" as they have been operating. It is time for a change of attitudes and real spending priorities.

Miles Nease 4 years, 9 months ago

I would argue that KU is already doing more with less. Look at other AAU university salaries and budgets. We are close to the bottom. If you don't care about the quality of your flagship university, than by all means, shout if from the rooftops. "More with Less"!

Shardwurm 4 years, 9 months ago

You mean the 'flagship university' that charges full tuition to have high school graduates teach math courses? The one who makes students pay $85 for a CD with a .pdf of the textbook on it? That 'flagship'? Tuition has gone up 400 percent above inflation since 1980. The Education Industry is a complete scam and anyone who believes otherwise is working for them.

Shardwurm 4 years, 9 months ago

Does anyone in this screwed up system represent us? You know, the consumer? The Regents are in bed with the institutions, and all they do is tell us we should be thankful that tuition 'only' went up 5.5 percent while net income dropped 1.5 percent.

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