KU Talking Points - April 2013
The next KU Communicators meeting will feature the co-chairs of the Sesquicentennial Committee, Bill Crowe and Liz Kowalchuk, to talk about KU's 150th anniversary celebration.
Crowe is former dean of libraries and librarian emeritus, while Kowalchuk is associate dean for the School of the Arts.
The Kansas Legislature continues to debate the state budget, with bills passed by both the House and Senate containing cuts to higher education.
The House-passed budget would impose a $20.3 million cut on the University of Kansas. The Senate's budget would cut less, but both proposals are contrary to Governor Sam Brownback's budget, which calls for no cuts to universities. His budget also provides funding to start the university's Health Education Initiative.
Adjusted for inflation, KU's per-student state funding has declined by almost 40 percent over the last 14 years and the proposed cuts would only exacerbate that decline.
The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn for a month-long break at the end of this week and then return in early May. In the coming weeks the negative effects of the proposed cuts on KU's ability to serve its students and state will be emphasized by the university and its advocates.
You can keep track of actions in Topeka at publicaffairs.ku.edu/stateupdates.
From now through April 20, we're focusing on the ways KU helps build healthy communities. This can be through health education, research and patient care, or through our work to improve the vitality of communities through the arts and humanities, our efforts to support sustainable prosperity or any other ways the university contributes to community well-being.
From April 21 to May 11, we'll emphasize the ways KU educates leaders. This includes helping students achieve their full potential through courses and extracurricular activities, as well as the ways we meet vital workforce needs.
And starting May 12 and running through June 1, we'll highlight the accomplishments of the 2012-13 academic year.
These message themes will be promoted in KU Today, on the KU Home Page, through paid advertising and in other venues. If you have news stories prepared for any of these topics, please contact Jill Jess so we can include them in our plans.
- When transitioning your site to the CMS, please make sure you use link redirects to ensure sites that link to your important pages don't end up with broken links.
- MediaBistro has put together a series of infographics showing the different audiences that popular social media sites cater to.
- Commencement.ku.edu has been updated with information on the ceremony this May, including important deadlines and ceremony information for scheduled, individual school ceremonies. For more information, contact Charlie Persinger.