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NEWS IN BRIEF

Performance earns 100 percent funding

For the second year in a row, the Kansas Board of Regents has used institutional performance as the basis for allocating new state funding to the state's 36 postsecondary institutions. KU will receive 100 percent funding."The board determined that 34 institutions will receive 100 percent funding, one institution will receive two-thirds funding and two institutions will receive none of the new funding for which they would otherwise have been eligible to receive in fiscal year 2007.

"Through this initiative, our state's higher education institutions commit to make meaningful and measurable progress toward the achievement of statewide goals that the Board of Regents has adopted," said Reginald L. Robinson, president and CEO of the board.""Because any new funding is contingent upon meeting a set of performance standards, our state's higher education institutions are now held to a new and important level of funding accountability."

A performance agreement is a contract between the board and each public university, community college, technical college and technical school. These agreements are designed to hold institutions accountable for performance related to a number of measurable goals and objectives. "The amount of new state funding an institution receives hinges on the degree of its compliance with its performance agreement.

Field Station to host groundbreaking

The Kansas Biological Survey and the KU Field Station and Ecological Reserves will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 a.m. Nov. 29 at the field station headquarters, with refreshments immediately following the ceremony. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction of an addition to the existing headquarters building. The National Science Foundation-funded project almost doubles the current space available for classrooms and laboratories at the field station. Visit www.ksr.ku.edu/gethere/index.html for a map of and directions to the field station. RSVP to Berry Clemens (bclemens@ku.edu, 864-1525).

Online course wins award for originality

A new online course, "Teaching About East Asia," received the 2006 Great Plains Region Credit Program Award from the University Continuing Education Association at its conference Oct. 20 in Kansas City. The award is presented for new credit courses that show substantial originality and demonstrate a contribution to continuing education.

The course was created by Bill Tsutsui, professor of history and executive director of the Confucius Institute, and Nancy Hope, associate executive director of the Confucius Institute, for KU Continuing Education's Independent Study Program. It is a professional development course for educators and offers an interdisciplinary examination of Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures from earliest times through the 20th century with emphasis on philosophical and historical contexts.

For more information about "Teaching About East Asia" or other online courses, contact Independent Study Student Services 864-7886 or view the course catalog and enroll online at www.continuinged.ku.edu.

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