HAYS, Kan. (WIBW) -- With the Kansas Legislature now up and running in its 2014 session, Dr. Edward H. Hammond, president of Fort Hays State University, urged lawmakers to support Gov. Sam Brownback's recommended budget.
Seeking to cut state funding for universities, the legislature last year took money from universities that either over spent or under spent their salary budget lines. Universities that paid their employees more than the state budgeted for personnel saw their salary funding cut by the amount of the additional employee pay. Universities that spent less state money than they were budgeted for salaries, generally due to open positions, had their salary line reduced to what they actually spent.
The money from the governor's recommendation will be used to cover soaring enrollment increases, as well as funding for the expansion of the new Information Systems Engineering Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
Students started enrolling in the program in the fall of 2012. Enrollment doubled to six this year and is expected to increase steadily. The program is one of only two in the United States and one of few worldwide. It was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents in 2011, and its founding director, Dr. Houssain Kettani, was hired in August 2012.
FHSU is also the home to the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science, which allows 57 high school juniors and seniors, at present, to live on the Hays campus and accumulate both their high school diploma and 68 hours of college credit. The anticipated expansion of the Information Systems Engineering Program would include a KAMS-like summer program for high school students who are interested in information systems engineering.