While their counterparts in the public
school system have found plenty to complain about in Kansas Gov.
Sam Brownback's budget proposals, officials in the higher education
system are feeling relatively lucky.
They say higher education did not take as big a hit as it might
have in a year in which the state has to close a $550 million
In his budget proposal, the Republican Brownback is not calling
for cuts in university operating budgets and wants more state
investment in key research missions.
By contrast, public schools would see significant cuts in their
general operating budgets.
University leaders welcome the news and say they are eager to
work with Brownback and the new Legislature to build on the
proposal and other academic goals.