University Engineering Initiative Act
The University Engineering Initiative Act was created to increase the number of engineering graduates by almost 60% in the state of Kansas over a 10-year period. The initiative directs the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce to work with the Kansas Board of Regents as well as Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University to develop a plan to target engineering education efforts to fuel economic growth and business success in Kansas. This endeavor will infuse approximately 500 new engineers into the workforce after the 10-year period.
In fiscal years 2013–23, the legislation will allot $3.5 million per year to the K-State College of Engineering. The college must then provide a one-to-one match from non-state sources, or $3.5 million per year, for a total of $35 million over the next 10 years, to support engineering education programs.
Within 10 years, the K-State College of Engineering will add more than 160 new graduates to the graduation class. The student body will grow by at least 750 students. In turn, we will expand faculty by an additional 35 positions and increase our facilities by over 100,000 square feet. The expansion of the student body and the increase in faculty and staff will be implemented to expand our student pipeline.
To support the breadth of the advancement of the college, we expect the following to occur:
- New scholarships will support an increase in awards of $1 million per year. To support this entirely from the endowment, approximately $21 million will need to be raised.
- Five new chairs ($2 million each) and five new professorships ($1 million each), for a total of $15 million, will be created.
- Gifting of $25 million for building space will be secured.
Possibility. We recognize our faculty and students have the talent and potential to transform possibilities into realities. We are committed to offering an educational environment ripe with possibilities and opportunities for our students.