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Governor declares Kansas Private College Week

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has declared Feb. 9-15 Kansas Private College Week in the state.

Kansas private colleges enroll 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year.

In addition, “there are over 275,000 living alums, half of whom live and work in Kansas. Among these alums are some of the state’s most important civic, business, and cultural leaders”" Brownback said.

The governor’s proclamation brings attention to Kansas higher education, especially the role played by Bethel College and the 17 other independent colleges and universities that form the Kansas Independent College Association.

KICA institutions in this area are, in Harvey County, Bethel College and Hesston College; in Marion County, Tabor College (Hillsboro); and in McPherson County, Central Christian College and McPherson College (both in McPherson).

The other participating colleges are Baker University (Baldwin City); Benedictine College (Atchison); Bethany College (Lindsborg); Donnelly College (Kansas City); Friends University (Wichita); Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina); Manhattan Christian College; MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe); Newman University (Wichita); Ottawa University; Southwestern College (Winfield); Sterling College; and University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth).

Kansas private colleges award more than $120 million in institutional grants and scholarships to students annually, along with 20 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degrees and 23 percent of the state’s master’s degrees.

A 2014 study that KICA commissioned reported that $980 million is annually pumped into the state economy because of the impact of private colleges and universities.

For more information on Kansas private colleges or on Kansas Private College Week, contact KICA President Matt Lindsey at 785-235-9877 or visit

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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Sidebar: Proclamation


WHEREAS, Kansas is home to 18 private, accredited non-profit colleges and universities who serve nearly 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, 10,000 of which move to Kansas from around the country and around the world; and those institutions award 20% of Kansas’ bachelor’s degrees and 23% of the state’s master’s degrees; and

WHEREAS, Kansas’ private colleges and universities are collectively the largest charitable entity in the state, awarding over $120 million in institutional grants and scholarships annually to help students earn an invaluable college degree; and

WHEREAS, Kansas’ private colleges and universities employ nearly 4,400 who enrich those communities not only through their economic contributions but through an array of cultural and community education events, contributing significantly to the quality of life; and

WHEREAS, Kansas private colleges and universities routinely invest significant financial resources in the economies of their local communities and the state through annual budgets and major construction projects, generating nearly $1 billion each year in new economic growth; and

WHEREAS, There are over 275,000 living alumni of those institutions—half of whom live and work in Kansas; and among these alums are some of the state’s most celebrated and influential civic, business and cultural leaders;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, SAM BROWNBACK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby recognize Feb. 9-15, 2015, as the


and urge all citizens to join in this observance by recognizing the important contributions of private colleges and universities to the state.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.