THE PRESIDENT'S CORNER
(Featuring Dr. Kirk Schulz, K-State President)
I am delighted and honored to be the president of one of the premier land-grant universities in the country. I continue to be impressed with all of the outstanding programs and successes of our faculty, staff, and students and the passion K-Staters have for their university. I am committed to trying to keep communications as open as possible. I appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and concerns with me. For contact information, visit www.k-state.edu/president.
July 24, 2015
LOOKING AHEAD - For higher education and state employees, in general, the past Kansas legislative session was a long one according to the president of Kansas State University. Now, university officials are not only looking ahead to the 2016 legislative session, but also the start of the fall semester, and the wrap-up of construction activities all across the campus. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker takes a look. (9:04)
June 19, 2015
IMPACT OF THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION - In a record-breaking effort, the Kansas Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session. Lawmakers have left the Capitol and the president of Kansas State University says the longest legislative session in Kansas history is over and despite some lingering concerns, he is relieved. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has this report. (11:58)
May 22, 2015
KSU AND THE LEGISLATURE - The Kansas Legislature is back from their spring break and are working in the wrap-up session. There is a lot left to do and budget issues are still hanging over lawmakers heads. Those unresolved budget issues also still cause concern for many in Kansas higher education. The president of Kansas State says at this point he still feels the university can come away from the session in pretty good shape. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has this report. (11:22)
April 17. 2015
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER LEGISLATIVE BREAK – The Kansas Legislature is taking its annual spring break and will be in recess until April 29. A lot of work remains on budget issues, but lawmakers are waiting for revenue estimates that are due out on April 20. Senate and House budget negotiators, before leaving, did reach agreement on a measure that would save Kansas State University and the University of Kansas from earlier proposed cuts. But the schools could face a tuition cap for two years. The president of Kansas State says this legislative session has been a challenging one for Higher Education. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has this report. (10:57)
April 8, 2015
MORE KSU CUTS FROM THE LEGISLATURE - Kansas State University, along with other Regents Institutions in the state, is looking at the possibility of some significant budget cuts by Kansas Lawmakers. In a recent move, the Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a subcommittee report that recommended budget cuts for Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017 for the university. The recommendations include cuts of 2-point-1 million dollars in each fiscal year from the state general fund for the main campus. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker says state lawmakers also put a cap on tuition increases. (8:10)
March 26, 2015
LEGISLATIVE IMPACT ON KSU - Despite some of the earlier concerns about the university’s budget, Kansas State University officials feel a flat budget will come out of the Legislature this year. The K-State Radio Network’s Jeff Wichman talked with the president of Kansas State, Dr. Kirk Schulz, who basically says it is not yet time to worry. (9:56)
March 6, 2015
BUDGET CUTS FOR KSU – The 2015 Kansas Legislature has been in its 2015 session for over a month. When lawmakers started their work, Kansas State University saw a proposal from the governor that would keep the university’s budget flat, however, that did not happen. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker talks with the president of Kansas State about just what that means. (13:15)
January 26, 2015
THE EVOLUTION OF PUNISHMENT – The 2015 Kansas Legislature is now in session. The Governor has given his State-of-the-State address. And the president of Kansas State University says he is hoping for a flat budget. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has this report. (9:45)
December 19, 2014
LEGISLATIVE IMPACTS - The Kansas Legislature returns to Topeka in about a month to start its new session. The president of Kansas State University says he, like many in the state, has some concerns about the outcome. The K-State Radio Network's Richard Baker talked with President Schulz about possible legislative impacts on the school. (8:37)
September 5, 2014
HIGHER ED FINANCIAL SURVEY – A new survey taken by Inside Higher Ed and Gallup says that many campus chief financial officers lack confidence in the sustainability of their colleges' business model over the next decade. At the same time, the CFOs seem unwilling to take cost-saving measures that might ignite campus controversy. The survey is based on the responses of chief financial officers at 438 colleges and universities. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker talked with the president of Kansas State University about some of the implications of the survey. (7:52)
April 28, 2014
THE BUDGET AND FREE SPEECH –
Between the budget and free speech issues, 2014 has been a bit stressful for the administrators of the Kansas Regents’ institutions. Despite that, the president of Kansas State University tells the K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker that things are looking up.
December 27, 2013
THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF HIGHER EDUCATION –
Kansas State University, like the entire Board of Regents system, has found itself on the receiving end of repeated budget cuts by Kansas lawmakers. The president of Kansas State says one thing that seems to get overlooked is the economic impact the system has within the state. And he says in looking at the numbers, one of the challenges facing officials in higher ed is simply getting people to believe the numbers. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker reports that many feel those numbers are simply self-serving.
November 22, 2013
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BUDGET –
The state’s Regents’ institutions sustained tremendous budgetary hits during the 2013 legislative session. Those hits came despite assurances from the governor that such budget damage would not happen. This fall, a group of legislators toured several universities across the state, including Kansas State, to talk with administrators about their budgetary needs. Following their visit, K-State president Kirk Schulz is confident the university’s budget will remain flat when the 2014 legislative session is over. K-State Radio Network news director Richard Baker reports.
June 28, 2013
UNIVERSITY BUDGET CUTS – Ever since the start of the 2013 legislative session, officials at Kansas State University, and other Regents schools, have worried about what state lawmakers might do to their budgets. The legislative session is over and it appears those worries were well founded. The president of Kansas State says despite assurances from the Governor’s office, higher education in Kansas took a tremendous hit.
May 24, 2013
REGENTS' FUNDING AND THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE – Ever since January, officials at Kansas State University, along with their fellow Regents schools, have looked with a certain amount of concern at state lawmakers in Topeka. As this session of the legislature winds down, the president of Kansas State University says he’s still worried.
March 15, 2013
KSU AND THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE –
All across the country, state legislatures are divesting their states financially from higher education. The president of Kansas State University says Kansas is certainly no different and that means two things will increase: tuition and university efforts to raise private funds. K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
December 21, 2012
FOOTBALL AND ACADEMICS –
On Thursday, January 3rd, Kansas State University takes on Oregon in the 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The President of Kansas State says this year the school is working to use its success on the athletic field to better promote the university at large. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more in this report.
November 16, 2012
BUILDING PLANS AND ELECTION IMPACTS – One of the problems Kansas State University has faced for many years is its infrastructure. While a drive around the Manhattan campus shows the university’s athletics department is making great strides, K-State president, Kirk Schulz, says the rest of the campus also needs to be making progress. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
October 12, 2012
POSSIBLE GROWING PAINS –
The 2012 Fall session at Kansas State University is well underway. Once again, student numbers are up…and the president of Kansas State says while the numbers are good news, their impact has some worrisome implications. K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker talked with President Kirk Schulz about the numbers and some of his concerns.
June 1, 2012
LEGISLATIVE IMPACT –
The 2012 session of the Kansas Legislature has adjourned. Looking back at what lawmakers accomplished, the president of Kansas State University says it was one of the more positive sessions the university has seen in years. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker talked with President Kirk Schulz about his perceptions of the most recent legislative session.
April 20, 2012
BUSY TIMES AT KSU -
Every 10 years, Kansas State University goes through an accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission. The university has been accredited by the Commission of the North Central Association since 1916. The president of Kansas State says continued accreditation is recognition that the academic and administrative programs at K-State are not only aligned with the university’s mission, but also meet certain quality standards. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker says the H-L-C visit was part of a very busy week at Kansas State University.
March 30, 2012
HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION-KANSAS LEGISLATURE-NBAF- Kansas State University is seeking reaccreditation from the Higher learning Commission. In additional, the university’s budget still is in the wind in Topeka and there are concerns with NBAF. The president of Kansas State takes a look at what it all means in this report from the K-State Radio network’s Richard Baker.
February 03, 2012
25-MILLION DOLLAR BEEF SAFETY GRANT –Scientists from Kansas State University will join researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and others in a 25-million dollar effort aimed at reducing the health risks from E-coli. On today’s program, the president of Kansas State addresses what the grant means for the university, and how the university’s budget is shaping up in the legislature.
December 23, 2011
ROLE OF THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS – A new report indicates that the governing bodies for higher education in the United States tend to let the presidents and chancellors of their respective institutions do most of the work in managing their schools. And, the president of Kansas State University says the findings hold true in Kansas. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
December 2, 2011
THE IMPORTANCE OF COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS – The importance of the role collegiate sports should play in a university setting has been in the spotlight recently. The president of Kansas State University says in his mind athletics must run second to academics. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has details.
September 16, 2011
POLITICS AND THE STATE FAIR – The president of Kansas State University recently attended the Kansas State Fair. President Kirk Schulz was there to take part in Legislative Day, an event that turned out to be an eye-opener for the higher education leader. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
August 26, 2011
COLLEGIATE SPORTS – The new president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association recently gathered together the heads of some 50 colleges and universities across the country to look at reforming the NCAA. One of those in attendance was the head of Kansas State University. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
July 29, 2011
THE COST OF ATHLETICS– Across the country, collegiate athletic programs are facing many of the same fiscal problems as their universities. However, not only is the Kansas State University Athletic Department in good shape financially, it will no longer be dependent on state dollars. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker reports.
July 1, 2011
K-STATE STUDENT NUMBERS INCREASE – Officials at Kansas State University are looking toward what promises to be a good Fall semester. University President Kirk Schulz says not only will student numbers be up again, but K-State came away from the recently completed legislative session in pretty good shape.
May 20, 2011
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BUDGET – For Kansas State University, this year’s session of the Kansas Legislature presents a mixed message. University President Kirk Schulz says like every other governmental body in the state there was an overall cut of just over one percent. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker reports.
April 15, 2011
TUITION GOES UP – Students at Kansas State University will see their tuition go up in the fall. And much of the tuition increase can be traced to a cut in state funding by members of the Kansas Legislature. The President of Kansas State University says even though the increase will not be to most students liking, it does come with their approval. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker reports that before the request for an increase goes to the Regents it was put before Kansas State students.
March 18, 2011
LEGISLATURE STILL HOLDS CONCERN – The 2011 session of the Kansas Legislature continues to hold concern for Regents’ officials across the state. The President of Kansas State University says Governor Sam Brownback’s budget proposal before the legislature continues to support a flat budget for higher education. But, as the K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker reports, anything can still happen.
February 11, 2011
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BUDGET – The 2011 session of the Kansas Legislature has seen the governor’s proposed budget for higher education in the state…and it’s essentially the same dollar amount as last year. Because the budget is just a proposal, the K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker reports that the president of Kansas State University says changes might still be made that could have a tremendous impact on the institution.
January 14, 2011
THE 2011 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – The 2011 session of the Kansas Legislature holds some very real concerns for Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz. K-State, like other Regents’ institutions, has already seen tremendous cuts in its budget. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker says in the wake of the November elections, university officials are apprehensive about further legislative cuts.
November 5, 2010
THE NEW YEAR AND STUDENT NUMBERS – The fall semester at Kansas State University is past the halfway point and headed toward the Thanksgiving break. Despite a spike in on-campus enrollment, the president of Kansas State says student numbers have remained basically flat. And, the K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker says President Kirk Schulz is pleased with the final enrollment numbers.
September 24, 2010
ENROLLMENT, CONSTRUCTION, FOOTBALL – Students at Kansas State University have been on campus for a little over a month now and are starting to get settled into a routine. In this month’s campus update, K-State president Kirk Schulz has an update on construction at the Olathe campus, as well as the NBAF project on the Manhattan campus. He also discusses the process the university went through before agreeing to play two Thursday night football games, and provides an update on fall enrollment. The K-State Radio Network’s Jeff Wichman has more.
August 27, 2010
BEGINNING THE SECOND YEAR – Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz has been running the university since June 2009. However, he associates the start of the fall semester as his one-year anniversary. In an interview with the K-State Radio Network’s Jeff Wichman, Dr. Schulz reflects on his first year at K-State and discusses his plans and priorities for year two.
July 30, 2010
AFTER THE BIG 12 – The smoke has cleared regarding Big 12 football and the furor has died down. And, while the conference is smaller, the president of Kansas State University says that change means more money for the Wildcats. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker spoke with KSU president Kirk Schulz.
June 25, 2010
THE FINAL BUDGET – For leaders of higher education in Kansas, the 2010 legislative session ended on a high note with lawmakers passing a tax increase. Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz calls their efforts an exceptional accomplishment. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has details.
May 28, 2010
THE HERE-AND-NOW AND THE FUTURE – Two decades ago Kansas State University received more than 40-percent of its budget from the state of Kansas. That percentage has dropped tremendously in recent years and the head of K-State sees no end to that trend. In fact, in a recent conversation with the K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker, KSU president Kirk Schulz said he fully expects K-State, at some point, to become what he calls a quasi-private institution.
April 29, 2010
IMPACT OF THE ELITE EIGHT – Kansas State University's recent showing on the national basketball scene presented a good news-good news scenario. K-State President Kirk Schulz tells K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker that March Madness generated both excitement and revenue.
March 26, 2010
IMPACT OF STATE BUDGET CUTS – The President of Kansas State University says despite the severity of budget cuts the school remains committed to providing its students the quality education expected by Kansans. And as state legislators continue to forge a budget that will deal with the current economic malaise, Dr. Kirk Schulz is confident that he and the other leaders of the Regents’ institutions will be able to deal with whatever comes their way. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
February 25, 2010
THE UNIVERSITY'S BUDGET – The president of Kansas State University has repeatedly been before state legislators to plead the university's case on budget issues. As the session continues its slow grind, he hopes his work and that of the other heads of regents' institutions will be enough. K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
January 29, 2010
THE START OF A NEW YEAR – The president of Kansas State University has been at the helm for six months. While his first months leading the university were difficult, Dr. Kirk Schulz says the new year brings the promise of better things to come. The K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more.
December 31, 2009
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BUDGETARY CRISIS (PART 2) – Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson made another budget adjustment the last part of November. Unlike earlier cuts in the seven Regents’ institutions in the state, this round was referred to by the president of Kansas State University as modest. K-State President Kirk Schulz tells K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker the latest cuts had already been factored into the school’s financial planning.
November 30, 2009
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BUDGETARY CRISIS (PART 1) – The seven Regents’ institutions in Kansas are facing severe budgetary constraints during the current economic malaise. And, another round of cuts is in the Regents’ fiscal future. In the first of a two-part series, K-State President Kirk Schulz tells K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker the cuts will have an impact that goes far into the future.
November 2, 2009
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY...RESEARCH OR TEACHING – For many universities, trying to define their role in teaching and research can be a difficult debate. The president of Kansas State University believes that the school needs to incorporate both elements to become a student-centered research institution. K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker has more in this week’s Presidential Commentary with Dr. Kirk Schulz.
October 2, 2009
K-STATE'S ROLE AS A LAND GRANT INSTITUTION - Dr. Kirk Schulz was recently inaugurated as the 13th president of Kansas State University. Leading up to his inauguration in late September, he says one of the topics that seemed to come up repeatedly was what it means to be a land grant institution. Dr. Schulz has four points regarding what it means to be a land grant institution.
August 17, 2009
ENROLLMENT, SCHOLARSHIP, AND THE ECONOMY - As Dr. Kirk Schulz assumes the reins of leadership at Kansas State University, there are numerous challenges to be confronted. In the first of what will be a monthly commentary, Dr. Schulz tells the K-State Radio Network’s Richard Baker that getting students to K-State and then keeping them is just one of the challenges.