Members of Kansas Legislature tour campus

K-State Alumni Communications
During the recent campus tour with Kansas state legislators, K-State President Kirk Schulz presented an overview of the accomplishments and challenges for K-State and higher education in general. (Photo: David Mayes)

On Oct. 29, nearly 50 Kansas legislators and staff members toured Kansas State University as part of their biennial legislative tour of Kansas’ six state universities. The five other universities are Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas and Wichita State University.       

The visiting state legislators included leadership from the Kansas House and Senate and members of the House Appropriations and the Senate Ways and Means committees. The tour was designed for university leaders and legislators to share information in preparation for the next Kansas legislative session.  

During the K-State portion of the six-university tour, legislators had morning meetings in Salina, Kan., to learn more about K-State Salina’s programs. The remainder of the day included meetings on K-State’s Manhattan, Kan., campus.

K-State President Kirk Schulz presented an overview of the accomplishments and challenges for K-State and for higher education in general. Major topics covered during the presentation and question-and-answer session included student enrollment levels, tuition costs, graduation rates, research capabilities and funding, higher education impact on the state economy, state budget impact on higher education, campus facilities and operations. 

Lunchtime presentations also were made by the College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, and an afternoon panel discussion included topics on veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal health and extension work.       

In addition, students led tours of the campus and updates were provided on K-State’s Biosecurity Research Institute and the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
      
The next Kansas Legislative session will begin Jan. 13.  

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