higher education

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In the past six months, Harvey and Butler counties were the victims of cyberattacks that shut down their computer networks for a short time.

The incidents are a reminder that network security and backup systems are critically important for government agencies, businesses and organizations of all sizes.

Stephan Bisaha

Students are bearing more than two-thirds of the cost of their education at Kansas state universities.

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WSU Tech saw its enrollment jump 17 percent in the last year.

This is the fourth semester that WSU Tech (formerly known as Wichita Area Technical College) saw a strong increase in enrollment. That's based on an internal census done by the technical college looking at spring semester enrollment.

“I was pleasantly surprised," said Andy McFayden, WSU Tech's executive director of marketing and community outreach.

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One of the most common ways for high school students to earn college credit — and, by extension, reduce the cost of college — is to pass an AP exam.

But fewer Kansas students are graduating with a passing grade on an Advanced Placement exam compared to their peers in other states.

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A Kansas Senate committee has advanced a bill that would prohibit state colleges and universities from infringing potentially offensive speech on campuses.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the legislation would require colleges and universities to have policies that affirm that students and faculty have a constitutional right to free speech. The institutions also must be committed to giving student and faculty broad latitude to discuss any issue.


A bill backed by Republican lawmakers intends to send a message to college campuses in Kansas: No restricting free speech, no matter the perspective.

Wichita State University

Wichita State University President John Bardo was on Capitol Hill Monday morning advocating for further federal investment in STEM higher education.

Speaking before Congress' Research and Technology subcommittee, Bardo highlighted WSU's Innovation Campus and its focus on research and development aimed at the region's needs. WSU's apprenticeship program was also emphasized.

Stephan Bisaha

Kansas could struggle to stop college students from taking their money to other Midwestern states if it continues to charge higher tuition.

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Fort Hays State University is expanding to the United Arab Emirates with a new online graduate business program this fall. The move is part of Fort Hays' continued effort to grow globally.

The program in the United Arab Emirates is being treated as a pilot as Fort Hays looks to offer similar degrees in other countries. Fort Hays is partnering with the Westford Education Group to offer the MBA. University faculty will lead the online courses while Westford will provide on-site tutoring.

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A booming stock market last year meant big gains for endowments at Kansas colleges and universities.

But declines in the long-term performance of endowments and changes to the tax code make many financial officers nervous.