Kansas regents discuss higher education budget

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas higher education officials say funding cuts being considered by state legislators would hurt the quality and quantity of academic programs statewide.

Presidents of the six public universities told the Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday that proposals to cut as much as 4 percent from their 2014 budgets would mean fewer course offerings and other campus programs.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to spare higher education from cuts in funding and is planning a statewide tour of campuses beginning next week to build support for his budget. Regents say they are confident the governor will make the case to avoid the reductions.

Legislators are on a monthlong break and will resume their budget negotiations when they return to the Statehouse on May 8.

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