State of the University address reveals overall success for K-State

K-State Alumni Communications
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz delivered the 2014 State of the University Address on Sept. 26 at the K-State Alumni Center.


During the State of the University address this fall, Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz highlighted several university successes and challenges. 

In the fall semester, K-State had record-high enrollment of 24,766 students, which includes 2,247 international students. Schulz noted the importance of a diverse student body, which enriches the campus culture and prepares students for interacting in a global environment. 

Additionally, K-State continues to be featured in a number of nationally recognized higher education rankings. In Princeton Review's Best 379 Colleges, K-State was ranked No. 3 for quality of life, No. 5 for campus and community relations, No. 11 for best career services and students pack the stadium and No. 14 for best-run college. The university also was listed again as one of Forbes' America's Top Colleges.

Fundraising has been successful for the past several years and has had a significant impact on the university. Private philanthropy, which has more than doubled in the past three years, increased from $152 million in 2013 to $211 million in 2014. K-State was listed twice on the Chronicle of Higher Education's list for top 50 gifts to higher education. 

"We have generous alumni, friends and partners that are really working hard to create a great environment at Kansas State University," Schulz said. 

Looking ahead, campus building improvements are a major focus for the university with more than $550 million in building projects on all three campuses over the next five years. Some of the projects under construction include Wefald Hall, a new residence hall; the Berney Family Welcome Center on the east side of Memorial Stadium; a new College of Business Administration building; and the College of Engineering complex addition.

Several student teams performed well nationally and regionally this year with the support of K-State faculty and staff. The Robotics Team claimed its eighth straight national championship, the Black Student Union was named Best in the Big 12 for the seventh time in nine years, the Crops Team earned its 12th national title in 16 years and a K-State team took the championship for the EPA RainWorks Challenge. 

Schulz also highlighted the highest recognition for university faculty, University Distinguished Professors. Gary Pierzynski, professor of agronomy, patented a method for immobilizing soil metals. Sandra Stith, professor of family studies and human services, developed a couples treatment program for the National Institute of Mental Health, and Bhadriraju Subramanyam, professor of grain science and industry, earned the EPA's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for his research on using insect pests as alternatives to pesticides.

Schulz concluded the address by noting one of K-State’s ongoing challenges will be addressing cuts in state funding for higher education. He added that without help from the state of Kansas, there's only so much K-State can achieve by relying on tuition and fees. To stay updated on legislation that affects higher education, visit www.k-state.com/WHEHelp.

The full 2014 State of the University address can be viewed in the video clip above. 

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