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 www.kscolleges.org.
Back to News Gov. Sam Brownback has declared Feb. 9-15 Kansas Private College Week, honoring the 18 member institutions, including Bethel, of the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA). …