January 19, 2017
Kansas Board of Regents Jan. 18 meeting university updates
The monthly Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 18 included several items related to Kansas State University.
The Regents approved the consent agenda, which included adding nine courses to the Regents systemwide course transfer list; razing of a barn and shed at the Purebred Beef Unit; adding a capital improvement project plan and program statement for K-State's Agronomy Education Center; and making changes to the student health insurance plan.
The Regents authorized a $2.8 million energy performance contract with Energy Solutions Professionals to make energy conservation and facility improvements at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.
The Regents approved weapons policy amendments involving storage and stun guns. Taser-like weapons will remain prohibited. The Regents approved K-State's weapons policy in December. Read the approved policy.
University Engineering Initiative Act
The Regents received an update on the University Engineering Initiative Act, which expands the state's professional engineering training programs at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University. The combined number of engineering graduates in 2016 was 1,285.
The Regents approved Kansas State University's request to grant an honorary degree to Geraldine "Geri" Richmond, K-State alumna and 2016 National Medal of Science recipient. Richmond will be recognized at the university's spring 2017 Graduate School commencement ceremony.
Insurance coverage for those with J-1 Visas
The Regents approved a proposed insurance coverage legislation to modify state statute and allow universities to self-insure employees with J-1 visas — often visiting scholars — who are required by the federal government to have health insurance with a deductible that does not exceed $500.
The proposed statute modifications would authorize the board to administer a health reimbursement account to bridge the gap between the requirements of federal regulations and the deductible for the state employee health plan.
The Regents ended by discussing the budget and other higher-education issues for this Legislative session.