Board of Regents continues work on affordability for students, talent expansion for businesses Featured

Kansas Board of Regents President Blake Flanders appeared at the Emporia Rotary Club on Tuesday to update the board's work to bolster higher education. Kansas Board of Regents President Blake Flanders appeared at the Emporia Rotary Club on Tuesday to update the board's work to bolster higher education. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Work to increase affordability for college students in Kansas goes "hand in glove" with other work to enhance the talent pipeline for businesses across the state.


That's the assessment of Kansas Board of Regents President Blake Flanders, who offered an update on higher education during the Emporia Rotary Club's weekly meeting Tuesday. Flanders says the main concern for businesses is broadening the talent pool and improving necessary skills.

Kansas jobs needing some sort of credential jumped from 60 percent in 2012 to 72 percent last year, and Flanders says ongoing work to make college more affordable will lead to more workers having the credentials they need to succeed after college.

At the same time, the Board of Regents is looking at ways to make college more affordable in light of family input -- and in light of an ongoing trend where students pay more college costs. Ten years ago, students had to cover 42 percent of tuition costs. Last year, the number was 56 percent -- even though the overall costs for college have not increased greatly over the past decade.

The Board of Regents is asking the state for another $95 million when the Legislature reconvenes next year. Flanders says that will help to keep tuition rates flat for some students for the second straight year.

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