Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

Message: Governor Brownback implements 3 percent cut to Regents universities

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Sam Brownback announced a 3 percent cut to Kansas Board of Regents universities, totaling $17 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. For the University of Kansas, this reduction amounts to $7.18 million across all our campuses — $3.95 million for KU Lawrence, and $3.23 million for KU Medical Center.

The State of Kansas has been experiencing revenue challenges for several months. Thus, yesterday’s cut was not entirely unexpected. Many of our unit heads and budget managers have been making prudent decisions over the past year in view of a possible reduction. But even so, a $7.18 million cut presents significant challenges and will require difficult decisions moving forward. We will all need to work together to manage this reduction while continuing to fulfill our mission.

We continue to work closely with the Governor’s Office, the Regents and state legislators. We will keep you posted as we learn more.

For now, the best thing you can do to support KU is to continue educating students, serving Kansans and conducting world-class research. Your efforts are the most powerful endorsement of our university and the most compelling message we can send to lawmakers as they make funding decisions.

Sincerely,

Bernadette Gray-Little
Chancellor



One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
Chancellor's Vision

The mission of the University of Kansas is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

We will do that by raising the expectations we have for ourselves, the aspirations we have for our state, and the hopes we have for our world.

KU is in the midst of a comprehensive effort to ensure the university is ranked among the top tier of public international research universities.

Through Bold Aspirations, our strategic plan, we're changing the way we prepare students for success. We're fostering research and scholarship across all disciplines. And we're sharing the benefits of a flagship university with our state and world.

This effort is supported by Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, as well as our initiative to reduce administrative costs, Changing for Excellence.