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The state's education system is one of the best in the nation and a powerful factor contributing to the success of many businesses. The high school graduation rate and percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree are both well above the national average. A progressive business climate, coupled with a top-notch education system, has resulted in an adept, well-skilled and highly trainable workforce. A study by the Kansas Board of Regents shows tuition and fees at the state’s six universities compare favorably with colleges in five neighboring states.
Kansas has made a recent $100 million dollar investment to enhance the capacity of our three excellent colleges of engineering. This investment will produce more quality engineers to meet the needs of business and industry. Kansas State University, University of Kansas and Wichita State University will increase their engineering physical plants, the number of engineering graduates, quality of student internships and connections to business and enhance their corporate engagement strategies.
Education Week reports that Kansas exceeds the national average on a number of key statistics, including: educational spending per student, pupil/teacher ratio, small class sizes, graduation rate and proficiency in both math and reading. Kansas students also score above the national average on standardized college placement tests (ACT) in math, science, reading and language arts. Kansas continues to provide high levels of technology education and computer resources to all students.
The Kansas Legislature provided $130 million in financing for four major research facilities at Kansas universities: a Food Safety and Security Research Facility at Kansas State University, a Biomedical Research Facility at the University of Kansas Medical Center, equipment for the Biosciences Research Building at the University of Kansas and expansion of the Aviation Engineering Complex at Wichita State University. In addition, the Legislature authorized $13 million for improvements to the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University. The National Center for Aviation Training, is a 225,000 square-foot training facility built with the Wichita Area Technical College, Sedgwick County and others to support the large aviation cluster in that region of the state.
Kansas educational systems provide teaching and learning that combine a focus on 21st century skills and student outcomes with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required in the 21st century.