The Opportunity Project, or TOP Early Learning Centers, are making a significant impact on preschool education in Wichita. Philanthropist Barry Downing created the initiative in 2003. Its mission is to use education to lift children out of poverty. Graduates of TOP have elevated test scores, better social skills and are less likely to be absent from school. There are hundreds of children on TOP's waiting list.
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Cornelia Stevens is Executive Director of TOP Early Learning Centers.
The University of Kansas Medical Center has received a $25 million donation from the Hall Family Foundation that will help build a new health education building.
Fred Logan, chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, called the building the regents' top educational priority and said he couldn't thank the foundation enough for the donation. Medical center officials said that outdated classrooms and lecture halls threatened the center's accreditation.
A newspaper report suggests that faculty members at Washburn University must now alert the school’s administration before they talk to public officials or members of the media.
Academic affairs vice president Randy Pembrook says the policy developed earlier this month was intended only for the university’s deans, and as a way to keep track of their statements or presentations on subjects related to the university.