Members of the Kansas Board of Regents today (THUR) criticized the cuts to higher education in a budget passed by the state Legislature. The bill includes across-the-board reductions and millions of dollars more in cuts to funding for salaries. The amounts vary widely by institution, with Emporia State University cut by nearly 5 percent and the University of Kansas Medical Center cut by more than 4 percent. Regent Fred Logan says the cuts to KU Med are too large to cover with tuition increases.
KU Med officials told the Board of Regents that a 12 percent tuition increase would be necessary to completely offset the funding cut, but KU Med is requesting a tuition increase of more than 5 percent. Some legislators have said the state needs to look at overall higher education spending and the return on investment the state receives.
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents are criticizing budget cuts to higher education. At a meeting yesterday (THUR), regents reviewed the
cuts and proposed tuition increases at Kansas universities. As KPR's Stephen Koranda tells us, the budget passed by lawmakers includes across-the-board cuts and millions of dollars more in reductions to salaries.