Agenda Item No. _________

Washburn University Board of Regents



Washburn University, according to its Mission Statement "must focus on the total educational needs of the area, and must adapt and change with the ever varying demands placed on it." A significant element of the Topeka/Shawnee County area is not being served by existing postgraduate programs. There are individuals seeking to broaden their education as part of a life-long commitment to learning but who do not need or desire the degree of professional specialization afforded by conventional postgraduate programs. An MLS program for those persons is well within Washburn's stated mission of providing "educational opportunities for the adult learner." There are also individuals seeking a degree to enhance their professional standing in both the private and public sectors, but likewise neither need nor desire a specialized masters degree. An MLS program is another way that Washburn can fulfill its mission of assisting "others in establishing and reaching their goals and objectives."

The Master of Liberal Studies has been approved by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate Council and the University Council. It was approved by the General Faculty on September 10, 1999.


The program is designed to produce positive financial results immediately. The conservative estimated enrollment will produce revenues in excess of direct expenditures.


President Farley recommends approval of the Master of Liberal Studies program.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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