Share of New FY 2007 Funding Determined for State's Higher Education Institutions

(TOPEKA) - Bringing heightened accountability to the state's higher education system, for the second year in a row, the Kansas Board of Regents has used institutional performance as the basis for allocating new state funding to the state's 36 postsecondary institutions. After assessing institutional performance as measured pursuant to institutional performance agreements, the Board, at its June meeting, determined that thirty-four institutions, including Seward County Community College, will receive 100% funding, one institution will receive two-thirds funding, and two institutions will receive none of the new funding for which they would otherwise have been eligible to receive in fiscal year 2007.

"Through this initiative, our state's higher education institutions commit to make meaningful and measurable progress toward the achievement of statewide goals that the Board of Regents has adopted," said Reginald L. Robinson, President and CEO of the Board of Regents. "Because any new funding is contingent upon meeting a set of performance standards, our state's higher education institutions are now held to a new and important level of funding accountability."

"The global 21st century economy continues to make postsecondary education more important than ever for our state and its citizens," Robinson added. "This initiative will enhance our ability not only to grow the state's economy, but also to provide Kansans with the educational tools they need to improve the quality of their lives."

A performance agreement is a contract between the Board and each public university, community college, technical college, and technical school. These agreements are designed to hold institutions accountable for performance related to a number of measurable goals and objectives. The amount of new state funding an institution receives hinges on the degree of its compliance with its performance agreement.

While having the agreements in place constitutes a major step towards enhanced accountability, tying the receipt of new state dollars to the achievement of measurable goals and objectives contained in those agreements provides the key leverage that will produce the positive results the Board is committed to achieving as a result of this initiative.

The Regents' performance agreement process is designed to accomplish two outcomes. First, performance agreements will establish a system of accountability for public postsecondary education in Kansas. Second, performance agreements, through the successful accomplishment of both institutional and system goals, will produce system-wide improvement of higher education in Kansas. In addition, the Board has adopted six system-wide performance agreement goals:

  1. Increase System Efficiency/Effectiveness/Seamlessness;

  2. Improve Learner Outcomes;

  3. Improve Workforce Development;

  4. Increase Targeted Participation/Access;

  5. Increase External Resources; and

  6. Improve Community/Civic Engagement.

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The Seward County Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University livestock judging teams hosted a livestock-judging clinic June 15-17 for 23 youth from Kansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.

The camp was designed to enhance the judger1s knowledge of livestock and improve their reasons skills discussing livestock. The campers received one-on-one lecture time from SCCC and OPSU livestock judging team members.

Individuals attending the camp were Timothy Baily, Taloga, Okla..; Kashley Schweer, Garden City; Laci Collins, Cimarron; Cooper Clawson and Jacqueline Clawson, Meade; Allison Archer, Jessica Kimbro, Sissi Mundy and Zach Bradshaw, Paradise, Texas; Kerrie Horvath, Katie Campbell, Emily Horvath and Justin Boren, Durango, Colo.; Milli Davis, Lia Coleman, J.T. Gillmore, and Casey Fall, Westcliffe, Colo.; Skylar Moneymaker and Miranda Zinardi, Borger, Texas; Rhett Link and Billy Hutcherson, Canyon, Texas.

The camp concluded with a contest, which gave students an opportunity to put what they learned to the test. Winners in the junior division were Laci Collins, first place; Rhett Link, second place; and Skylar Moneymaker, third place. Winners in the intermediate division were J.T. Gillmore, first; Millie Davis, second and Casey Fall, third. Winners in the senior division were Emily Horvath, first; Justin Boren, second, and Katie Horvath, third.
The Seward County Community College Block and Bridle Club recently sponsored a Grand Drive Show Lamb Camp designed to teach 4-H and FFA youth how to better manage their show lamb project, emphasizing showmanship techniques.

These youth will then exhibit their lamb project at county, state and national fairs.

Instructors emphasized goal setting, washing and clipping, feeds and feeding, show lamb selection and at-home and show-day management. Half the time students practiced showmanship to improve their showmanship techniques.

Students were housed on the SCCC campus to give them a glimpse of campus life and entertainment included a pizza party, swimming and basketball.

The camp concluded with a contest, which gave students an opportunity to put what they learned to the test. Winners in the junior division were Laci Collins, first place; Rhett Link, second place; and Skylar Moneymaker, third place. Winners in the intermediate division were J.T. Gillmore, first; Millie Davis, second and Casey Fall, third. Winners in the senior division were Emily Horvath, first; Justin Boren, second, and Katie Horvath, third.

Chris McGolden, vocational agriculture instructor at Arapahoe, Okla., was lead instructor and has 24 years of teaching experience. Chris is also a partner in McGolden Club Lambs that has produced winning show lambs in over 26 states. Their annual bred ewe sale is one of the most successful of its kind. Allison McGolden, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, assisted with the camp. SCCC students who served as group leaders and instructors were Chad Bransgrove, Balko Okla., Kryslyn Packard, Burlingto, Okla.; Jessica Swan of Johnson; Brandi Brill; Luke Wempe, Lawrence; Melissa King, Taloga, Okla.; and Trevor Winchester of Liberal.

Showmanship contest winners were:

Group I
Champion Showman: Brittany Beattie, Texhoma, Okla.
Res Champion Showman: Trent Winchester, Liberal
Best Attitude: Troy Britton, Hardesty, Okla.
Most Improved: Bobbi Dewald, Fargo, Okla.
Hardest Working: Joe Schwartz, Orlando, Okla.

Group II
Champion Showman: Tyler Howard, Fargo, Okla.
Res Champion Showman: Taylor Coen, Richfield
Best Attitude: Cooper Clawson, Meade
Most Improved: Shanda Baugh Fargo, Okla.

Group III
Champion Showman: Braelyn Beattie, Texhoma, Okla.
Res Champion Showman: McKenzie Hanna Richfield
Best Attitude: Sam Schwartz, Orlando, Okla.
Most Improved: Jacqueline Clawson, Meade

Other campers who participated were Zak Laubach, Katie Lindsay, Joe Lindsay, all of Guymon, Okla.; Rachel Helms, Goodwell , Okla.; Patricia Steadman and Becky Dewald, both of Fargo, Okla.; and Colton Lentz, Balko, Okla.

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The Seward County Community College Development Foundation has kicked off its 2006 scholarship drive under the direction of Jana Jantzen, drive chair.

This year1s goal is $200,000 and a donation to the SCCC Development Foundation helps fund much-needed scholarships, said Tammy Doll, director of development. 3Your gift may be specified according to your individual interests. Donations may be made to a specific academic program, to the general scholarship fund; or to help support the overall operational needs of the college.2 In addition, individuals may establish a permanent fund where only the income from these funds is used according to the donor wishes.

"Sometimes a little bit can make a big difference in someone's life," Jantzen said. "Your help is needed so the Seward County Community College Development Foundation can provide scholarships to students that need a little bit" of financial help so they know the decision to continue their education is meant to be.

"Education is essential in the preparation of young and 'older' adults to be productive in the workforce, in our community and in our world," she said.

"We're all here together. We're all here to help each other. I guarantee you will make a difference to someone."

If you have any questions about SCCC, the Foundation or a gift, call 620-629-2664 or 800-373-9951, extension 664. You can mail your tax deductible contribution to SCCC Development Foundation, PO Box 1137, Liberal, KS 67905-1137.

MANHATTAN - An AccessUs 2+2 agreement has been developed between Seward County Community College, Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College and Kansas State University. The agreement was signed June 12, 2006 at Anthony Middle School in Manhattan.

Through online and onsite learning this distance program allows students to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Education at Dodge City, Garden City, or Seward County community colleges and then transfer the credits to K-State towards the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Concentration in English as a Second Language.

The Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education is designed to provide understanding of content, teaching methods, and student learning appropriate for teaching grades K-6. The ESL curriculum is designed to prepare future teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

K-State Elementary Education graduates who are licensed in ESL are qualified to teach in any classroom from kindergarten through sixth grades. They may become regular classroom teachers or may be ESL specialists within an elementary school building.

"Individuals with the educational background have the potential to serve as advocates for students and families who come from diverse backgrounds and are typically sought out as resources for the schools and the districts in which they work," said Gail Shroyer, professor of elementary education.

Representatives on hand for the signing included: Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction of Seward County Community College; Michael Ahern, dean of instruction of Dodge City Community College; Judy Whitehill, director of the social science division at Garden City Community College; Beth Unger, vice provost and dean for the Division of Continuing Education, Betty Stevens, Betty Stevens, associate vice provost for information technology partnerships and associate dean for the Division of Continuing Education, and Michael Holen, dean of the College of Education at K-State.

For more information about this Bachelor's Degree Completion Program through the Equity and Access Project, call 785-532-5797 or visit

10-Year Plan to Address Nursing Shortage in Kansas
(TOPEKA) - Last week funding was approved for the first year of a ten-year Board of Regents' initiative to address the critical nursing shortage in the state of Kansas. The Legislature had previously appropriated $3.4 million of the Board's $4 million first-year funding request as part of its omnibus appropriations bill which the Governor signed into law May 24.

All 21 public nursing programs in Kansas, including Seward County Community College's Associate Degree Nursing program, are eligible to participate and will be required to submit applications to the Board to receive the funding associated with the program. Applications were sent to the eligible institutions today.

"I would like to thank members of the Kansas Legislature for their strong support of this serious effort to address the state's nursing shortage," said Reginald L. Robinson, President and CEO of the Board of Regents. "This program powerfully demonstrates how the state's higher education institutions play a vital workforce development role in Kansas. The Board looks forward to addressing this critical issue - an issue that only increases in importance as the state's population continues to age."

The Board's ten-year nursing plan is a three-part $30 million initiative that ultimately aims to increase nursing capacity in Kansas by 25 percent. Of the $30 million total cost, $22 million would come from state appropriations while $8 million would be committed through matching funds by the participating educational institutions.

"It was important that the Legislature address this critical issue during the 2006 session," said Senator Jim Barone (D-Frontenac), the key sponsor of the nursing initiative during the Legislature's consideration of the omnibus appropriations bill. "This funding moves us closer to ultimately solving an issue that, if unaddressed, will negatively impact every Kansan."

The initiative's three components target the following areas: Nurse Educator Scholarships, Nursing Faculty and Supplies, and Equipment and Facility Upgrades. First year funding, totaling $3.4 million, is broken down into three parts. $200,000 for the Nurse Educator Scholarship Program - requiring a $1.00 match from the institution for each $2.00 of state funding received. $1.2 million for a Nursing Faculty and Supplies Program - to be a need-based or competitive grant program requiring a $1.00 match from the institution for each $1.00 of state funding received (the Board requested $1.8 million). And, $2 million for a Nursing Equipment and Facilities Upgrade Program - to be a need-based or competitive grant program requiring a $1.00 match from the institution for each $2.00 of state funding received.

The 2005 Legislature, concerned about the shortage of nurses in Kansas, recommended that the Board report to the Governor and the 2006 Legislature regarding the resources required to increase the capacity of the state's higher education system to educate registered nurses by 25 percent. The Legislature also requested that the report include a timeline for building the infrastructure necessary to accommodate up to 250 more nursing student admissions annually.

Among the causes for the nursing shortage in Kansas is an increased utilization of the health care system by an aging population at the same time many existing nurses will be retiring. The Kansas Department of Labor has predicted that 6,890 new Registered Nurse (RN) positions will be needed by 2010 to meet the workforce demand. An additional 4,460 RN replacement positions will be needed due to retirements, for a total projected need of 11,350.

Implementing nationwide strategies and initiatives within the state, Kansas has been successful in attracting individuals to careers in health care. The pressing issue now does not revolve around filling the pipeline with students interested in nursing careers, but rather expanding postsecondary program capacity for those who want to become trained nurses. Virtually every nursing program has an extensive waiting list of qualified applicants. Increasing capacity in nursing programs is a complex process that consists of acquiring additional qualified nursing faculty, securing additional clinical instruction sites, and increasing classroom space and equipment.

The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is the governing board of the state's six public universities and a supervising and coordinating board for nineteen community colleges, ten technical institutions, and a municipal university.

For more information contact:
Kip Peterson, Director of Government Relations & Communications, at (785) 296-3421. Visit the Kansas Board of Regents on the Web at

Eligible Public Nursing Programs (21):

Program Type: Associate Degree Nursing (ADN ) (RN)

Barton County Community College
Butler Community College
Cloud County Community College
Dodge City Community College
Fort Scott Community College
Garden City Community College
Hutchinson Community College
Johnson County Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Labette Community College
Manhattan Technical College (with Cloud County CC)
Neosho County Community College
North Central Kansas Technical College (Beloit and Hays Campuses)
Pratt Community College
Seward County Community College

Program Type: Baccalaureate Degree Nursing (BSN) (RN)

Emporia State University
Fort Hays State University
Pittsburg State University
University of Kansas Medical Center
Washburn University
Wichita State University

Program Type: Graduate Degree (MSN)

Fort Hays State University
Pittsburg State University
University of Kansas Medical Center
Washburn University
Wichita State University