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 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020 

Fears about schools a key reason behind Kansas mask order

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor and its top public health official said Thursday that they worry that the state won't be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported...

 

University of Kansas backs away from in-person requirement

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is providing faculty more flexibility if they don't feel comfortable teaching in-person classes in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer...

 

Man sentenced to life for 2018 shooting at Kansas school

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for a 2018 shooting outside a Kansas elementary school that killed one man and left another paralyzed. Anthony Grable, 34, of Kansas City, Missouri, will not be eligible...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Regional    July 1, 2020

K-State launches diversity programs after football boycott

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State is launching a diversity and education fund amid several other initiatives to address racial injustice after football players threatened a boycott in response to an insensitive tweet by a student about the...

 

Mississippi takes step toward dropping rebel image from flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent...

 

K-State researchers get $1M to improve wheat diversity

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State University wheat geneticist will get nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research designed to improve the genetic diversity of wheat. The Hutchinson News reports the research will...

 

In this era of protest over racism, will colleges embrace Black student activists?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Ted Thornhill, Florida Gulf Coast University (THE CONVERSATION) In 2018, sociologist Ted Thornhillfound that Black students who profess...

 

University of Kansas leaders challenge in-class mandate

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Many department chairs at the University of Kansas are pushing back against the school's plan to have classroom instruction in the fall, saying they should have the option to teach online. On Monday, a letter signed by 38...

 

University of Oklahoma Launches 'OU Online'

NORMAN, Okla., June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Oklahoma announced today the launch of OU Online, a central division that will deliver the university's online graduate degree programs, expanding OU's ability to reach students in...

 

Oklahoma State adds diversity council amid controversy

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State athletics announced a new diversity council Wednesday amid the fallout from football coach Mike Gundy's decision to wear a T-shirt promoting a far-right news network. The school said Jason Kirksey, the...

 

What the Supreme Court's DACA ruling means for undocumented students and the colleges and universities they attend

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Sayil Camacho, Vanderbilt University (THE CONVERSATION) Editor's note: The Supreme Court voted, 5-4, on June 18, 2020 that the Trump...

 

As choirs go digital, technology is a new virtuoso skill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — You may have seen those videos of musicians singing or playing music together, virtually, with everyone in their own little square. It's now one of the only ways that performing arts groups can connect with audiences. But th...

 

College coaches recommend required Black history courses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address racism and diversity recommended Monday that high schools and colleges establish required courses on Black history for graduation. The pro...

 

Oklahoma State to remove segregationists' name from building

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University's governing board plans to vote Friday to remove the name Murray from a building at the school's Stillwater campus, ending its affiliation with a governor who advocated for segregation and pushed t...

 

Oklahoma State to take segregationist's name off buildings

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University will rename buildings on its campus that had honored a former governor who advocated for segregation and pushed to advance Jim Crow laws. The university's Board of Regents on Friday unanimously...

 

Tuition increasing at 4 of 6 public universities in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Tuition will remain flat at the University of Kansas and Kansas State but will increase slightly this fall at the state's other four public universities. The Kansas Board of Regents approved Wednesday an increase of 2% at Wichit...

 

Southwest Kansas counties record low census response rates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Census organizers in Kansas plan to ramp up efforts to get people counted, particularly in southwestern counties where response rates are low. Morton, Stanton, Haskell and Lane counties are showing that 15% to 30% of residents...

 

Cherokee Nation removes confederate monuments in Oklahoma

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has removed two confederate monuments from its Capitol Square that were erected nearly a century ago by the Daughters of the Confederacy. A crane removed the monuments from the nation's tribal...

 

University of Kansas shortens its in-person fall semester

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas announced Monday that it will shorten the time students are on campus for the fall semester as it seeks to block a coronavirus wave. Under the plan, classes would begin in person as scheduled on Aug. 24...

 

Going online due to COVID-19 this fall could hurt colleges' future

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Christopher Newfield, University of California, Santa Barbara (THE CONVERSATION) When the California State University system decided to...

 

OU Launches Aerospace and Defense Graduate Programs

NORMAN, Okla., June 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma is launching new graduate business programs in aerospace and defense to meet a nationwide workforce demand. The College will offer an...

 

Court sides with former Kansas teacher in student rape case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday sided with a former middle school counselor who argues she shouldn't have been been convicted of raping a student who forced himself on her then blackmailed her into a continued sexual...

 

University of Kansas offers buyouts amid pandemic losses

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas will offer voluntary buyout packages to some faculty members as it grapples with financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Douglas Girod has said the university faces a budget...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 10, 2020

Canceling Ivanka Trump spurs backlash for Kansas college

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Donors are pushing Kansas' higher education board to fire Wichita State University's president after he canceled a virtual speech by Ivanka Trump for its technical school's graduation. The Kansas Board of Regents held a special...

 

University of Kansas offers buyouts amid pandemic losses

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas will offer voluntary buyout packages to some faculty members as it grapples with financial losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Douglas Girod has said the university faces a budget...

 

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