Senate Committee Rejects Medical Building Funding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas Senate committee ignored pleas from University of Kansas officials and approved a capital improvement plan that does not include funding for a new heath education building.

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday were not convinced that the medical school might lose its accreditation if it is not able to construct the new building.

Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor of the medical center, told the committee that the medical school's accreditation body recently said the school's facilities are an area of noncompliance. The current building was built in the 1970s and Girod says it isn't built for modern methods of training physicians.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Committee Chairman Ty Masterson said the university has enough resources to respond to the accreditation issue.

Posted by Greg Palmer