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First Bell: Task force moderator solicits e-mail insights; Wakarusa Valley bus routes would be reviewed; potential moves for Cordley, Pinckney students

Did the building take the tests?

I imagine the students and teachers were more responsible for that result. And while with the possible school closures, the teachers may not have a job, the students will still be in classes.

February 15, 2011 at 12:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

First Bell: Task force moderator solicits e-mail insights; Wakarusa Valley bus routes would be reviewed; potential moves for Cordley, Pinckney students

So no one wants to voice their opinions. I guess it is little harder to make a decision than it is to berate the school board when they are wrestling with decisions on how to cut the budget.

Could it be that the members of the task force thought that they would be able to find some way to keep all schools open and when presented with the facts, they don't want to admit that closing one or two schools may be the only option.

February 15, 2011 at 9:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Building irony

One reason for a new building - in order to expand enrollment, more room is needed. There has to be room for more classrooms and instructors along with administrative staff. The Pharmacy School and Engineering needed more space to handle increased enrollments.

In order to increase enrollment, programs need to have the facilities to attract top students. The current buildings were built a long time ago. Updating the technology needed for how modern colleges teach is not always possible in the older buildings. It is hard to recruit top students when other schools at peer institutions have the equipment and facilities that are not available at KU.

One complaint that has been made about the state universities is that they need to have higher rankings. One thing that affects those rankings is facilities.

Expanding current buildings is not always an option. Engineering could. They have open space beside Eaton Hall. Pharmacy didn't have that option. The Business School doesn't really have space to expand.

The current buildings are not in great shape. The plumbing in some of those buildings are over fifty years old and fail on a regular basis. It could be expensive to totally renovate those buildings to modern standards. Perhaps it's not such a bad idea to spend a little more money and get brand new facilities with up to date technology for classrooms and staff.

There is also an advantage to other programs when a school builds a new building. All the classroom space and space used for faculty and administrative offices for the Pharmacy program are now available for other programs and departments. The same would happen if the Business School ever builds a new building.

February 3, 2011 at 3:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback: Current welfare rules discourage marriage

Unless Mr. Brownback has some way to change federal regulations, it really doesn't matter what he believes. The guidelines for income maintenance programs are from the federal government.

January 4, 2011 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jay Emler elected Kansas Senate majority leader, says higher education probably won't get funding increase

And where do you suggest all these students attend class at? It's not as if K-State and KU are operating with half full classrooms. Or are you suggesting that only half of the students should attend a state university? Yes, there are other colleges in the state but it's not like they have empty classrooms.

Students pay the bulk of the cost of their education. The state's portion has declined each year. Should enrollment be limited to in-state students? Out of state students pay a higher tuition. Should enrollment be limited by GPA? Doesn't any KS student deserve the opportunity to attend a college in Kansas?

There are two universities because there is the demand for two universities. Neither campus could support the doubling of the student population. Each campus have programs that unique to the location and others that exist on both. If I am a resident in western Kansas and want a teaching degree, relocating to Lawrence may not be an option.

December 20, 2010 at 3:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Town Talk: Downtown Lawrence project asks for city incentives; Garmin provides more details; round of layoffs at golf course assn.

Let them provide their own parking. Or let them park on the top level for free. If their tenants want to covered parking, they can buy a permit from the city.

I am downtown two to three evenings a week. While most nights, I am able to find a parking spot without much trouble, there are nights that the 2nd level is my only option. Give Compton's group 65 spaces and how much of that level will be left for those of us who are downtown to eat, attend an event or activity at the Arts Center or other downtown attractions.

November 12, 2010 at 12:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Report shows KU business school spent most differential tuition funds appropriately

Is the reporter trying to be as negative as possible? The first line reads that the funds were mostly spent appropriately and the second line says that the questionable amount was 1/5 of one percent. Isn't that nearly all of the money>

November 11, 2010 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You did stay until end, right?

Great story. As sad as it was to see the people streaming out at halftime, it was hilarious to see them running back in at the end of the fourth quarter. Of course, that does allow for a fourth category - those who gave up but hung around in the tailgate lot.

November 7, 2010 at 6:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Education saturation

There are engineering schools at more than one university because there are students to fill the classes. Having only one engineering school at one of the state's universities won't allow that same number of students to earn a degree. The number of instructors and classrooms required won't develop overnight. Limiting the number of engineering students won't help with the shortage of engineers.

And what programs are offered at a school directly impacts the endowment funds of a university. Graduates from engineering and business donate a lot money than graduates from teaching or social sciences.

Universities offer a range of courses so students have choices. How many freshmen graduate with the same degree that they thought that they wanted as a senior in high school? The more programs offered on a campus, the more exposure students have for options for this decision. If KU became the university for engineers and business in Kansas, ESU for teaching and K-State for sciences, doesn't that just move us closer to that place where students are earning a degree rather than than getting an education as was in the editorial over the weekend?

And what concern would the Regents have with the law school at Washburn? I don't believe that university is under their sphere of influence.

October 7, 2010 at 12:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Film may spur new concerns about education system

Is it the system or is it the way that children live today compared to a decade or two before? I grew up reading. Children today grow up tweeting. We had a tv with maybe three or four local channels. Broadband brings in 100's of options. We had one tv growing up. Now every roon in the house has one. The Internet adds to that. Video games are a distraction that we didn't have.

At one point, the "experts" were afraid that Sesame Street and MTV was going to shorten the attention span of children - they would only be able to focus on short bursts of information. Now a blog is considered old school.

The Wall Street Journal had an article last week that discussed the low level of reading of boys. The article talked about the efforts of publishing companies to release books that would interest boys. It also suggested that this may be a part of the reason that more women earn college degrees than men. One interesting point - there was no difference when home schooled children were studied.

If the university system is just putting out degrees, who is responsible? The tenured professor who is going through the motions because his/her job is safe? The faculty member who is trying their best but has to do research along with more classes beacause of budget cuts?

Or is it the students who aren't doing everything that they can do to get an education along with their degree? Do they pick the easy classes to raise the GPA? Are they enrolling in 15 hours than dropping down to 9 because they want to sleep in? Or because they have to work as well as go to school in order to afford the tuition? How many choose to party rather than study? I overheard two students complaining the other day because they had to read 30 pages before their next class. Of course, they were male -perhaps they don't read very well.

How many students are paying attention in class? How many are taking notes on their laptop during class? Or checking their e-mail or Facebook?

An education is a collaborative experience. Students and faculty have to be responsble. Students have to do the work to get the education. Faculty have to provide relevant material for the student to learn.

And there is another element added for K-12 - the parents. Parents have be to interested enough to help with homework, provide an environment that learning is encouraged and engage with their children's teacher so they know what their child needs to do and how to help them. How can we hold teachers responsible for a chlld's progress when they are only part of the education process.

On another note - Is it a requirement for the Saturday editorial that it has to be a dig at KU?

October 2, 2010 at 7:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )