K-State Salina becomes Kansas State Polytechnic, with focus on national growth 

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Watch a video about the change from Kansas State University Salina to Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. (Video: Kansas State Polytechnic)

Kansas State University Salina recently became Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. More than just a name change, the transformation solidifies the campus’s commitment to forward-thinking, national growth, hands-on projects and real-world problem solving.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the name change at its Oct. 14 meeting. Kansas State Polytechnic will focus on teaching theory through interdisciplinary and applied learning and is the only campus of its kind in the state of Kansas. Kansas State Polytechnic remains one of the campuses in the Kansas State University system, and all diplomas and transcripts will still say “Kansas State University.” 

"We are positioning our campus for national growth," said Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and dean of Kansas State Polytechnic. "Our campus will continue to focus on career-based programs and experiential learning. We are taking a look at expanding what we offer to meet the needs of tomorrow's careers."

A polytechnic model consists of three parts: learning theory through application; connecting active classroom learning with the outside world through integrated studies; and focusing on professional programs, which prepare students to lead successful careers. It’s a model the Salina campus was already following, Fitzsimmons said. The name change is designed to reflect the campus’ mission and how students learn, rather than its geographic location. 

Hands-on, cutting-edge learning is a focus of Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)
Kansas State Polytechnic will retain the College of Technology and Aviation, while merging the academic departments of aviation, engineering technology, and arts, sciences and business to create the School of Integrated Studies. The creation of a school will build on the diverse student and faculty population and better manage resources, Fitzsimmons said. Kansas State Polytechnic will continue to offer a small campus atmosphere with connections to industry and faculty who are experts in their field. It also will maintain its ties to Salina and the surrounding community. 

"The Salina community has invested in the growth and success of this campus, and we are grateful to have such loyal support," Fitzsimmons said. "We believe this transformation will greatly increase our value within Salina, and we're proud to be able to give back to our neighbors and friends as well as contribute to the current revitalization of the city."

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