higher education

Governor Sam Brownback is proposing a reversal of some state university salary cuts and a raise for classified state employees. He's also hoping to rewrite the Department of Corrections budget.

Senator Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, chairs the Senate's budget committee. He says most of the governor's proposed $460 million dollar spending increase is allocated for corrections, but some lawmakers will still have concerns.

Room and board costs at Kansas' six public universities would increase next year under a proposal before the state's Board of Regents.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that under the proposal, the traditional arrangement of two residents per room and a typical meal plan would increase 2.5 percent next year at the University of Kansas.

Regents Request Budget Restoration

Sep 19, 2013

The Kansas Board of Regents has asked the governor to restore tens of millions of dollars in higher education spending that was cut this spring.

A national advocacy organization says Kansas is one of only a handful of states that cut funding for higher education this year.

A Democratic senator from Topeka says Governor Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved tuition increases at public universities that will have some students paying nearly 9 percent more this fall.

Will A College Education In Kansas Cost More This Fall?

Jun 19, 2013

Some public university students in Kansas could see their tuition jump by almost 9 percent this fall.

The state board of regents expect to vote Wednesday afternoon on new tuition rates proposed by the universities.

The tuition hike would partially offset state funding cuts legislators made this year, while allowing for faculty salary increases.

The changes would raise an additional $34 million dollars over the next fiscal year.

The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million dollars from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina.

The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million dollars in cuts.

Legislators passed a budget with more than $60 million in cuts over two years for the state's universities last week.  Gov. Sam Brownback told reporters on Friday that his office had received the budget, and they were going through it line by line.

He may have been focusing on the lines where universities faces across-the board cuts, and cuts to funding for salaries, which Gov. Brownback said, "I'm  not pleased with. I thought it should have been stable funding. So we're going to be looking at what all options are."

May 7, 2013
Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas.

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