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January 17, 2019

Kansas Board of Regents Jan. 16 meeting university updates

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

The Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 16 included some items related to Kansas State University.  

Introduction and reports  

President Richard Myers read part of a letter of appreciation to faculty and staff from former football Coach Bill Snyder. He also updated the board on several recent university news items: Susan Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry and ancillary faculty of biological and agricultural engineering, was elected to the National Academy of Inventors; Hill's Pet Nutrition commits major donation for Health & Nutrition Center at K-State; K-State license plate program reaches more than 10,000 plates on the road; UAS degree at K-State Polytechnic Campus is the first in the nation to offer beyond line of sight flight operations; Cyber Defense Club takes top honors in DOE national cybersecurity competition; and Crops Team wins national championship and sweeps top individual awards.  

Paid parental leave from Gov. Colyer's executive order was mentioned in several reports to Regents. K-State is coordinating efforts among human resources leadership from the Regents universities to draft a paid parental leave policy to forward to the Council of Presidents at the Feb. 20 Board of Regents meeting. The Board of Regents are expected to consider the policy at its February or March meeting.   

Discussion agenda  

Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Blake Flanders' annual Foresight 2020 progress report presentation was moved to the Feb. 20 meeting.   

The Regents approved seven additional courses recommended for systemwide transfer among any public university or college in Kansas offering an equivalent course. The courses recommended for systemwide transfer are American literature I and II, comparative politics, introduction to early childhood education, marriage and family, music theory II and principles of leadership. Approval of the courses will increase the number of courses available for systemwide transfer to 91.