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December 16, 2020

Kansas Board of Regents December meeting agenda items

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The Kansas Board of Regents will meet virtually Dec. 16 and 17. A livestream will be available for individuals to listen remotely.

The Regents will consider the following agenda items related to Kansas State University during the meeting.

Discussion agenda

The Regents will act on proposed spring break dates for 2022-2025 for all state universities. The Kansas Coordinating Council, which is comprised of Regents and Kansas State Department of Education Board members, has identified spring break alignment between higher education and K-12 as one of its core goals. Establishing a standard spring break will improve concurrent enrollment scheduling, reduce child care problems for students, faculty and staff who have a child in the K-12 system, and simplify spring break-related scheduling for Kansas families.

The Regents will vote on housing and food service rates for the 2021-2022 academic year, which are effective July 1, 2021. No housing or dining rate increases are requested for the Manhattan campus. The Polytechnic campus requests an 8% increase to the housing and dining rate in order to cover planned facility maintenance and improved food quality and service.

Due to the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students, the Regents will act on the continued suspension of board policy to allow students to enroll in spring 2021 despite having outstanding financial balances.

The Regents will act on the allocation of additional money from the state's Coronavirus Relief Fund. Although the entirety of the state's allocation had previously been committed to other functions, some funds are being repurposed for higher education. Funds committed to institutions must be spent by Dec. 30, 2020, and used to reimburse the institutions for eligible expenses already incurred due to the public health emergency.

The Regents will receive a report on what projects state universities completed using fiscal year 2020 Educational Building Funds. K-State was allocated approximately $13 million for fiscal year 2020.

The Regents will allocate fiscal year 2022 Educational Building Funds to state universities. Funds are allocated based on an adjusted square footage formula which factors in gross square footage, building age and complexity of the physical plant. K-State's recommended allocation for fiscal year 2022 is $13,156,000.

Findings of the 2020 Facilities Condition Assessment and Space Utilization Study were presented at the November board meeting. The Regents will receive additional information on how the deferred maintenance initiative could proceed and how state law, board policy and practice are applied in the use of the Educational Building Fund.

On Dec. 17, the Regents will meet with the Council of Faculty Senate Presidents.

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