Kan. Governor Urges 'Strategic Plan' For Higher Ed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Gov. Mark Parkinson has told the Kansas Board of Regents that he considers the state's public universities "mediocre."

Parkinson went before the regents Tuesday to outline a 10-year plan to raise the national rankings of the state universities. The plan also calls for improved retention and graduation rates.

Parkinson told the regents at their retreat in Wichita that their job is to hold universities accountable.

The governor's plan aims to raise the University of Kansas into the top 50 of national rankings and Kansas State University into the top.

Parkinson blamed open enrollment for some of the current low rankings and proposed having only one state university keep an open admissions policy.

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