Comment history

Regulations adopted to implement higher admission standards at KU in 2016

If you look at the ranking criteria as used by USN&WR for example, it is self evident. A lower acceptance ratio (KU is 93%) automatically increases the ranking of the school. In addition, accepting only better prepared students will increase the graduation and retention rate. Both increase rankings.

December 19, 2012 at 8:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

8 percent state cut to higher education could put KU jobs at risk, chancellor says

Don't forget the student fees that are collected for every credit hour at KU and given to the Athletic Corporation.

December 14, 2012 at 12:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU hiring campaign under way

I am having a hard time finding the estimates on that page. Can you tell me where I should be looking for them?

October 4, 2012 at 8:29 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU hiring campaign under way

I have not seen an estimate of the savings from the Changing for Excellence program, but we have one here. Assuming each new position costs an average of $100,000 including benefits (a pretty reasonable guess if there is a mix of assistant, associate, and full professors across all the schools), the Changing for Excellence program is projected to save KU at least 2.2 million dollars a year. Is that in line with the public estimates KU has given?

October 3, 2012 at 1:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Simons' Saturday Column: Commentators spur concerns about upcoming vote

If it is on the Internet it must be true!

September 29, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

University rankings discussion on agenda

The demotion of western civ is, I think, an acknowledgement that many of the students at KU do not take western civ from KU, but online from many community colleges in the state. Those students often begin the class with the answers to all of the exams.

September 22, 2012 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: Story of Albert Romkes, KU engineering prof who was denied tenure, goes national; KU move-in day set for Friday, Aug. 17

Actually I think it was the School of Engineering , not the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he was trying to get tenure. Perhaps Andy could tell us a little more about how tolerant the Mechanical Engineering department is. How many female faculty are there in that department? How does that compare to other departments in the school, say Chem E?

July 16, 2012 at 7:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU AD Zenger: Memorial Stadium changes coming ... just not for a while

When the Athletic Corporation stops taking mandatory fees from the students enrolled at the University of Kansas, I say let the Athletic Corporation do what it wants with the funds that it generates. Until then, the Athletic Corporation should make do with what it has. Students who come to the University of Kansas for an education should not be forced to pay to renovate a football stadium or any other athletic facility that is not open for use for the general student population.

July 13, 2012 at 12:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State, university leaders hail KU's designation from National Cancer Institute

I hope it is ok for me to quote a former citizen of the state to our east:

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
― Harry S. Truman

July 12, 2012 at 9:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Heard on the Hill: A good football program can help more than just athletics donations; KU grad and Richmond weatherman goofs around in weather studio, resulting in viral Internet video

Perhaps it is correct that achievement in football increases applications, and thus KU could fill its class with more qualified students if it invested heavily in football. The more interesting question is if having a high performing football program is the most efficient way to increase applications. Did the study compare the costs of improving the football program to alternatives like increased marketing, larger scholarships, etc?

I bet that making KU free would have an even larger impact on the number of applications, and thus the quality of the incoming class. Would that be a good move?

July 10, 2012 at 11:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )