Emporia State’s funding request for new programs included in Regents’ budget

September 23, 2011

Emporia State University’s request for funding of three new academic programs will be included in Kansas Board of Regents’ unified FY2013 budget proposal.

During its meeting Thursday in Topeka, the board approved a $31.7 million budget proposal to send to the governor and Legislature, which included $750,000 for three targeted enhancement requests for ESU.

The board’s unified budget proposal also included a cost of living increase of 1.8 percent based on the Higher Education Price Index and a 2.6 percent increase in student financial assistance. The HEPI increase would generate $12.7 million to be divided among the public higher education institutions.

“The Regents’ action shows strong support for postsecondary education in general and ESU faculty and staff in particular,” said Dr. H. Edward Flentje, interim ESU president.

“These steps do not restore in any way the rescissions made four years ago,” he said, “but at least they are steps in the right direction in moving Emporia State University forward.”

Inclusion of three new programs in the budget is another step forward for ESU.

Emporia State requested $250,000 for each of three programs — undergraduate degrees in eCommerce and sustainability and a graduate degree in nursing informatics. The three programs were developed as a way to promote Kansas workforce development that would directly benefit the Kansas economy.

For each program, ESU requested an allocation of $250,000 to add three faculty positions.

The Kansas Board of Regents now will submit the unified FY2013 budget request to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature.

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