Finances were front and center at last week’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka. Specifically the Regents were studying budget proposals including one from the state’s 26-technical colleges and community colleges that provide technical education.
Clark Coco – North Central Kansas Technical College President – said it would take $58-to-$60-million to adequately fund a new cost model for the colleges. Because of the state current budget woes, the proposal was for an increase of just $20-million.
Following a long discussion, the Board of Regents cut the request to $8-million. In addition, the budget request included $5-million to increase training of doctors at the University of Kansas with a goal of turning-out an additional 150-doctors.
Coco said the Regents action raises a question about support staff for all those new doctors.
9-27-11 Coco CutThe Regents budget proposal will be forwarded to the state legislature where the final decision on funding will be made in the 2012 legislative session.