BOARD OF REGENTS
                             February 16, 1998
     Chairperson Parks called the meeting of the Board of Regents to order at
     3:05 p.m. in Room 204 of Morgan Hall.
     Present were:  Mr. Craig, Mr. Dick (via conference telephone), Mr. Engel, Mr.
     Ferrell, Mrs. Parks, Mrs. Porter, Mr. Roth (via conference phone), and Mr.
     Chairperson Parks turned the floor over to President Farley who briefed the
     Board on the proposal by the House Select Committee on Higher Education
     to reorganize post-secondary education in the state of Kansas.  In response
     to questions from members of the Board concerning the House Select
     Committee's proposal, President Farley indicated that the House
     Committee's report did not address the question of whether the present
     Kansas Board of Regents staff would fulfill the staffing role required by the
     proposed new Council on Higher Education, noting, however, that some
     published reports have indicated there would be a "clean slate;" the local mill
     levy would be continued following the model employed by the state of
     Kansas many years ago when Wichita State University became a state
     educational institution; there are questions involving the loss of local
     governance, levels of tuition, phase-down of the operating mill levy and how
     the University would compete for "enhancement of funding;" and, the only
     other state of which he is aware that has a model similar to this is
     Massachusetts, which is unusual in that governance and coordination are in
     the same body.
     The meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
      Kenneth P. Hackler
      Secretary, Board of Regents

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