Higher education officials say budget cuts
in Kansas have forced universities to eliminate 450 academic
courses or programs and cut nearly 800 jobs.
Board of Regents members, who oversee the higher education
system, believe the reductions will make it more difficult for
students to graduate in a timely manner and produce fewer graduates
positioned to help ignite the Kansas economy.
Regent Gary Sherrer, of Overland Park, says that institutions are now turning away qualified
applicants to high-demand programs.
But House Appropriations Committee Chairman Kevin Yoder, an
Overland Park Republican, says the state's financial picture
remains bleak. He says spending will have to be trimmed even more
to keep the state budget balanced.