January 21, 2021
Kansas Board of Regents meeting university updates
The Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 20 included items related to Kansas State University. For more information on these items, see the January meeting agenda or view the recorded meeting on YouTube.
Introductions and reports
President Richard Myers discussed K-State's spring academic calendar and the well-being day on April 16, classes starting online on Jan. 25 and the plan to return to the hybrid and in-person teaching modalities after the two-week period on Feb. 8; K-State's vaccine distribution capabilities once it is available; and the record year of engineering graduates in 2020.
Provost Chuck Taber gave a report on the strategic program alignment review of seven programs with low enrollment and recommendations for the programs. View the PDF report. The regents approved the program reviews as presented with the revision that the merger of the Bachelor of Science in American ethnic studies and Bachelor of Science in gender, women and sexuality studies will take place and if possible, K-State accelerates the timeline.
The Regents approved the proposal to add eight courses — principles of marketing, criminal law, children's literature, intermediate algebra, meteorology lecture and lab, meteorology lecture, meteorology lab and Old Testament — for systemwide transfer.
The Regents approved a temporary policy on suspensions, terminations and dismissals. This policy gives university chief executives the option (with board review) of suspending, dismissing or terminating employees without initiating the process of formally declaring financial exigency. The policy is approved through Dec. 31, 2022.