Heard on the Hill

An omen for KU chancellor search? In announcing new K-State president, Regents praise closed process

Sara Shepherd

If the presidential search over at Kansas State University is any indicator — and it probably is — the Kansas Board of Regents appears as likely as ever to choose a closed process for hiring a new chancellor at the University of Kansas. Finalists for K-State's presidency remained confidential until ...

More views of just how different KU's Central District looks already

Sara Shepherd

Thursday marked a milestone in the $350 million Central District redevelopment project at the University of Kansas. KU had a ["topping out" ceremony for the new $117 million Integrated Science Building][1], considered a keystone of the entire district, in which the final beam was signed by stakeholders and hoisted by ...

A KU symposium on how kids can pay for college; ex-provost to be inaugurated as chancellor at Ole Miss

Sara Shepherd

Paying for college — or, if you don’t pay for college, paying off student loan debt later — has been a big topic of conversation in higher ed and the country, on a political and a personal level. University of Kansas researchers working on solutions in the form of Children’s ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 6

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 6. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Nov. 6** • Someone vandalized the Alumni Place Fountain, leaving it broken in several pieces, between Nov. 4 and ...

National free speech group says KU is among schools with codes that ‘violate’ the First Amendment; University Senate free speech committee continues meeting

Sara Shepherd

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, has included the University of Kansas on a list (a rather large list) of public colleges and universities it says have speech codes that violate the First Amendment and student and faculty rights to free speech. KU was among 111 schools ...

KU's Multicultural Student Government proposing new path to governing-body status

Sara Shepherd

The University of Kansas student organization that calls itself Multicultural Student Government is still active this semester, and is now trying a new path in hopes of becoming a separate governing body with standing equal to KU’s existing Student Senate. On Thursday, MSG leaders asked the University Senate to establish ...

KU Crime Blotter: Week of Oct. 24 through Oct. 30

Sara Shepherd

The following incidents were reported to the University of Kansas Office of Public Safety between Monday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 30. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported. **Oct. 30** • Police found someone in possession of marijuana, paraphernalia and a fake drivers license about 2:40 a.m. ...

With $80,000 average debt and 83.1 percent employed, KU is in top 20 of 'Best Value' law schools; other recent KU rankings

Sara Shepherd

With 83.1 percent of graduates employed and bearing an average of $80,884 in student debt, the University of Kansas School of Law ranks No. 17 on a new national list of Best Value Law Schools. National Jurist’s PreLaw magazine recently published its [annual rankings][1] highlighting schools “where graduates have excellent ...

Chancellor search: How does KU's CEO salary compare with other universities?

Sara Shepherd

As the Kansas Board of Regents searches for a new chancellor to lead the University of Kansas, we’ll be publishing a number of related stories along the way. Today I’m breaking down how KU’s current chancellor salary compares with the university’s peers. Of course we won’t know the new chancellor’s ...

Steam whistle on your phone: KU journalism’s ad agency creates ringtone of ‘Big Tooter’

Sara Shepherd

What good University of Kansas alumnus doesn’t miss the unmistakable wail of KU’s famous steam whistle signaling the end of class? Anyone miss it enough to make it the ringtone on your phone? That’s now an option. [The Agency][1], the KU School of Journalism’s student-run ad agency, has created a ...

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