MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Board of Regents made a special stop in Manhattan on Thursday and Friday, visiting Kansas State University and learning about all of the different happenings on campus.
The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state’s six universities and the statewide coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions (seven public universities, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges). In addition, the Board administers the state’s student financial aid, adult education, GED, and career and technical education programs.
"Every two years, we visit each of the campuses and so last night and today was our tour of Kansas State University. We’ve been meeting with constituent groups like the deans, faculty, students and staff. We’ve also been hearing about K-State’s strategic plan which is called K-State 2025 which is where we want K-State to be by 2025 and that is to be one of the top 59 grant universities in the United States," said Ed McKechnie, chairman of the board.
At the K-State Alumni Center, the board members were briefed on different research initiatives that are underway at the university as well as the programs and services that are available to help students achieve success.
Freshman Jonathan Bernard spoke to the Board of Regents about the Developing Scholars Program.
"It’s a neat experience. I’ve never been in a position like this before being a freshman at K-State so it’s really neat to meet all of these great people and talk to them about the program. I’m just informing them about the Developing Scholars Program and how beneficial it is to young freshman students. They put you in a research lab with a mentor and you’re able to work and experience new things and learn new fields of study and get to experience what you want to do for the rest of your life," he explained.
"It’s really critical for us because one of the challenges is that we meet in Topeka, we meet with different folks during the year and this really helps us put some perspective on the campuses, see projects that are going on but also meet with the people that we count on every day to deliver a high value education to students and so our interactions with the leadership teams and the faculty really helps us as we make decisions and help guide the universities," Chairman McKechnie told WIBW.