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November 16, 2017

Kansas Board of Regents Nov. 15 meeting updates

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

The monthly Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 15 included several items related to Kansas State University.

Introduction and reports

As chair of the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents, Brian Lindshield, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health, discussed the credit for prior learning policy, the process of baccalaureate degrees that exceed 120 credit hours and replacing textbooks with open/alternative educational resources.

Jack Ayres, senior in chemical engineering and president of the Student Governing Association, presented as chair of the board's Students' Advisory Committee. Ayres discussed the logistics of the State Higher Education Day on Feb. 7, 2018; solutions for increasing diversity and inclusion on Kansas campuses; and an initiative to increase participation in higher education across the state.

Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason presented a report to the Regents about the Unity walk and the KSUnite program on Nov. 14.

Consent and discussion agendas

The Regents approved two new university degrees: a Master of Science in athletic training and a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in professional strategic selling. The athletic training master's degree will have two admission paths: a five-year degree admission and a postbaccalaureate admission. The business administration bachelor's degree will begin in fall 2018. Only 18 universities in the U.S. offer a sales major.

The Regents approved investment line-up changes to the mandatory retirement plan.

The Regents had a first reading for 2019 housing and food service rates. The board will take final action in December, and approved rates will go into effect on July 1, 2018. View a PDF of the proposed rates.

Jean Redeker, board vice president of academic affairs, provided an overview of state university student demographics, web-based tools to obtain postsecondary information and an overview of campus facilities.

Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason presented data from the Delaware Cost Study for Kansas State University and how the data compares to national benchmarks. The Delaware Cost Study is a benchmarking project and data sharing consortia among four-year colleges and universities.