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September 17, 2019

Kansas Board of Regents September meeting agenda items

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The Kansas Board of Regents will meet Sept. 18-19 at the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka. The board will consider the following agenda items related to Kansas State University during the meeting.

Consent agenda
K-State requests approval to change its 2021 and 2022 spring break dates in order to better balance the spring semester format for classes. The proposed changes would move the 2021 spring break from March 8-14 to March 15-21 and the 2022 spring break from March 21-27 to March 14-20.

The Regents will act on proposed changes to qualified admissions. Primary differences include the addition of an option for admission based on an applicant's cumulative high school GPA. K-State will require a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or a minimum ACT score of 21.

K-State requests approval to amend the capital improvement project plan and to accept the program statement for the Bill Snyder Family Stadium south end zone seating and concourse expansion project. The project will include the creation of new premium seating options above the existing concourse level and additional public restrooms and concessions. New video boards will be installed in the southeast and southwest corners of the stadium and additional improvements will be made to Bramlage Coliseum. The estimated project cost is $49.9 million and will be funded from private gifts.

The Regents will adopt an updated resolution to name the newly appointed Regents Cheryl Harrison-Lee, Shelly Kiblinger and Jon Rolph and K-State facility clearance officer Jonathan Snowden to the University Security Executive Committee.

The Regents will appoint Bikram Gill, distinguished professor emeritus, to the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, Program Review Committee for a two-year term. Gill served as a faculty member and research plant pathologist and director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Center before his retirement from K-State in 2018.

Discussion agenda
The Regents will act on the unified fiscal year 2021 state appropriation request. Staff and buildings are the major costs of higher education institutions. To address this, the Regents are considering a request of $50 million in base funding for operations for state universities and $10 million for deferred maintenance of state buildings on university campuses.

K-State requests approval to name a new center for community college leadership in the College of Education. The name will be announced at the meeting.

K-State requests approval to award an honorary doctorate degree at the Graduate School commencement ceremony in December.

On Sept. 19, the Regents will hold a joint meeting with the Kansas Board of Education.

Agendas and complete meeting minutes are available online. For live updates on all Kansas Board of Regents meetings follow @ksregents on Twitter.

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