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Editorial: Recruiting gains

Why so much focus on out of state kids? KSU is still cleaning our clock on in state recruitment. No wonder the legislature doesn't like KU. KU isn't all that interested in Kansas kids. In rural parts of Kansas KU still does not appear interested even in the highest performing kids. I know personally of out of state kids from wealthy families getting huge KU scholarships when local students with higher grades and ACT scores from far less wealthy families get a meager bone thrown their way. Treatment like that certainly does not encourage me to want to donate to KU or even to encourage my own kids to go there.

September 29, 2013 at 9:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Notable Kansans weighing in against new appellate court selection process

Six and Tacha were right on both points. Stegall is, by any objective measure, qualified for the Court of Appeals. Was he the most qualified of those who applied? We will never know because of the secrecy. It is possible and consistent to be able to support the nominee's qualifications but feel the process of selection is flawed. That is what happened here. No more, no less.

August 31, 2013 at 7 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget cuts to higher education lead to request for higher tuition

I am far from "anti-KU". I have two degrees from KU and have been and continue to be a KU Honors program volunteer for over 20 years. I love KU, but am willing to face up to the fact that the world is changing fast and KU isn't. It is time for KU's leadership to shape up or ship out. I want nothing more than my school to succeed. It is time for KU to lead, follow, or get out of the way. The status quo isn't going to cut it any longer.

June 7, 2013 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget cuts to higher education lead to request for higher tuition

The fact remains that the education model that KU follows is broken. Cut the fluff, focus on what students REALLY NEED to be prepared for a career, and then just do it! Do you really need Western Civilization for a real world career outside of being a history teacher? While that information makes for a more well rounded person in a perfect world, the average Kansan just can't afford that kind of fluff any more. What students really need for a degree could be taken care of in 2-3 years tops. The university has recently admitted that fact with its new combo program where you can get undergrad and law degrees in 6 years rather than the traditional 7 years. That program basically admits that you can eliminate one year and still have what you need for both your undergraduate and law degrees! The first year of law school counts as your last year of undergraduate. That is the kind of outside the box thinking that the entire university needs to look at. Make KU a strong value and the enrollment will climb rather than drop! Everyone knows it, now it is time to shake things up and actually DO something about it! KU's future depends on such innovations and its leadership needs to realize that fact and stop protecting the bloated and archaic methods of the past. This stone knives and bearskins mentality does not serve KU well. Stop protecting turf and start thinking about your market or before too much longer the market is going to rebel.

June 7, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget cuts to higher education lead to request for higher tuition

It is time for Kansas to reexamine the entire 4 year college undergraduate degree model. That model is outdated and simply too expensive for many Kansas students. They can no longer afford the luxury of taking 2 years of general classes then focusing on a degree specific area in the second 2 years. Degree requirements need to be streamlined and the fluff eliminated so that undergraduate degrees can be attained in 2 years, 3 max. For many Kansas students a college degree is simply no longer affordable and these latest tuition increase requests are only making things worse. Kansas politics does not appear to show any signs of changing any time soon so hand wringing and complaining about the legislature is not going to accomplish anything. The tired strategy of going back to the well for tuition increases does not work when the well is dry, as it is for many Kansas families. It is time for the Regents to say NO to another round of tuition hikes and for Kansas universities to rethink their models of operations. These models are dinosaurs from a time long passed and no longer serve Kansas well. The new model should be more streamlined and allow students to get in, get what they need for their chosen degree, and get out with the least amount of time and expense possible.

June 7, 2013 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Budget advances with 'devastating' cuts to KU

Don't you see, this is all Obama's fault! Obamacare is going to cause there to be fewer doctors. The Kansas legislature is just making sure the dire tea party predictions of fewer doctors comes true so they can say "we told you so!" It's all part of the plan......

June 1, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Simons' Saturday Column: KU’s legislative lobbying effort lacks clout, continuity

Damron has done a great job for KU. In a legislature that seems hell bent to whack KU financially, her efforts have helped reduce the proposed hit from 4% or more to 1.5%. She has a far better understanding and appreciation of KU than the shirttail relative of Susan Wagle. More importantly, she believes in KU's mission and goals, which cannot be said for Scott. KU is despised by a number of legislators now in Topeka as a liberal elite institution located in the most liberal county in the state whose own legislators, while good people, have been reduced to spectators of the process. Hiring a shill who has ties to the far right and does not believe in what his client is doing will result in throwing money away. This is yet another dumb move by KU and will cost it dearly in the long run. Other groups have decided to hire new lobbyists with right wing connections but who don't believe in or support the mission of their clients. Those efforts have failed miserably. Ask the judges association how that move has worked out for them! If your lobbyist does not believe in you and your mission, then that lobbyist just comes off like a prostitute. This blunder will come back and bite KU, and the injury will be 100% self inflicted.

May 25, 2013 at 9:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

LHS student earns perfect ACT score

Gee, I guess public education in Kansas is not failing as badly as AFP and KPI say it is! Great job Brooke!!!

May 21, 2013 at 10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Authorities believe Lana-Leigh Bailey's body was moved to Osage County after killings in Ottawa

It is not the legal system, it is the legislature who is to blame for short sentences and no discretion of the judges and parole boards. The legislature does not want to pay for prisons, so it established sentencing and parole rules that let people off the hook way too soon. In fact, it takes a lot just to get any prison time at all these days. Prisons cost money and that would require more taxes. Taxes that the legislature does not want to impose. These rules have been in place for some time so it is really not the current legislature's fault that we have what we have. The current legislature could, however, correct the problem.

May 12, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence attorney disbarred, accused of $200,000 ethics violation

Under the rules, when you surrender your license you are automatically disbarred. The respondent chose to surrender his license, effectively disbarring himself. Had he fully participated in the disciplinary process and gone through the hearings, he might have ended up with lesser punishment. Usually people don't surrender their license unless it is a pretty bad set of facts.

May 4, 2013 at 6:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )