Heard on the Hill

KU Hospital releases statement on proposed campus carry bill: Allowing guns in hospital ‘simply incomprehensible’

Sara Shepherd

The University of Kansas Hospital has endorsed proposed state legislation that would weaken the law allowing concealed guns on state university campuses starting this summer. Specifically, the House bill would permanently exempt several types of health care facilities and colleges from the law that allows guns in public buildings, [The ...

The top 10 highest paying undergraduate majors if you're not the engineering type; No. 1 is found at KU medical school

Sara Shepherd

Last week I shared a list of the top 25 highest paying majors, recently released by higher ed rankings and analysis company College Factual. Various categories of engineering filled almost [the entire list][1]. College Factual has also compiled a list of the top 10 highest paying majors from non-STEM fields. ...

KU Crime Blotter: Jan. 2-15

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Jan. 2, and Sunday, Jan. 15 (during KU's winter break). Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Jan. 14** • Someone stole a bicycle and lock between Dec. 16 and Jan. 14 ...

As KU classes begin today, look back on 2016 and guess about 2017

Sara Shepherd

The first classes of 2017 start today on the University of Kansas campus — welcome back to campus. What’s in store this year at KU? Will it be as newsy as last year? I can predict some of the big stories that will happen at KU in 2017. The university ...

The top 25 highest paying majors — KU has big enrollment growth in some of them

Sara Shepherd

Enrollment is up in quite a few engineering programs at the University of Kansas in recent years. Could this be why? (And is it too late for me to change my major?) Engineering specialties make up 20 of today’s top 25 highest paying majors, according to a recently released list ...

KU’s $350 million Central District funding model: Legislators didn’t like it but P3 industry did

Sara Shepherd

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even when it comes to multimillion-dollar higher ed construction funding deals. A University of Kansas deal that angered and worried some state legislators last year got a decidedly different reception from leaders in the public-private partnership, or P3, industry. KU’s $350 million ...

Years-long federal investigations into KU’s response to sexual violence remain open; vice president’s remarks put assault in national spotlight this week

Sara Shepherd

Two and a half years after a University of Kansas student who said she was raped on campus filed a complaint, the federal government is still investigating KU’s response to sexual assault. KU was first added to a widely publicized list of colleges being investigated by the U.S. Department of ...

KU Crime Blotter: Dec. 19-Jan. 1

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Dec. 19, and Sunday, Jan. 1. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Jan. 1** • Graffiti occurred Dec. 31 or Jan. 1 at the University Guest House. Someone spray painted on ...

Churchill nominees, a new Academy of Inventors member and other recent accolades for KU people

Sara Shepherd

The University of Kansas has a couple of outstanding students nominated for the Winston Churchill Scholarship, a new National Academy of Inventors member, a recent graduate who just tacked a Schwarzman Scholarship to her record-breaking list of honors and other students heading to the National Moot Court Competition — to ...

KU has very few undocumented immigrant students compared with other Kansas schools

Sara Shepherd

University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little is one of more than 550 college and university presidents who signed a recently publicized letter supporting undocumented immigrant students and the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The KU Student Senate this month also passed a resolution supporting the continuation and ...

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