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 Carl R. Ice 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 Carl R. Ice 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 increase our facilities by more than 100,000 square feet. The expansion of the student body will be implemented to expand our student pipeline.
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.