First Amendment expert Mike Merriam says K-State's heavily redacted 11-page response to a newspaper's open records request highlights shortcomings in the state's open records law.
The Topeka Capital-Journal filed a request seeking more information on the process that went into crafting Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposal. The newspaper asked for all emails between K-State's Institute for Commercialization President Kent Glasscock and state budget director Shawn Sullivan from November through late January.
Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will examine the results of general education assessments, which evaluate communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills of current and former students throughout its system. This is the first time that state-supported universities, community colleges and technical schools have been required to provide these numbers to the board. This data has the potential to affect new state funding for these institutions.
Kansas State University is considering a $150 million research facility that would focus on food and complement the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to the university.
K-State President Kirk Schulz has requested $5 million in state funding for next year to begin planning the Food Systems Research and Education Facility.
They discussed the proposal briefly at a Kansas Board of Regents budget session Thursday. Schulz says the project might be years down the road, but he wants to get legislators and other state officials familiar with the request.
Construction is underway in Salina on a new research center devoted to the science of moving and mixing bulk solids such as pellets, granules, powder and grain.
The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be among only a few in the world. It’s a partnership of the city, the university and two Salina-based companies that design and make equipment for handling bulk materials.