University of Kansas Edwards Campus

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University of Kansas
Edwards Campus
Established 1993 (1993)
Type Public satellite campus
Parent institution University of Kansas
Location Overland Park, Kansas, United States
38°53′58″N 94°43′33″W / 38.89944°N 94.72583°W / 38.89944; -94.72583Coordinates: 38°53′58″N 94°43′33″W / 38.89944°N 94.72583°W / 38.89944; -94.72583
Website www.edwardscampus.ku.edu

The University of Kansas has held a tradition of excellence for over a century. KU began sharing that tradition to Greater Kansas City in the 1970s by providing courses to working professionals. In 1993 KU opened its Edwards Campus, leaving a permanent presence to providing growth and education to Kansas City's community.

The Edwards Campus is located in Overland Park, Kansas, in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Statistics[edit]

Based on a 2012 student survey:[1]

  • Average age: 31
  • Married - 53%
  • Male - 35% Female - 65%
  • Have children under age 18 - 34.6%
  • Work full time - 60%
  • Receive full or partial tuition reimbursement - 28%

Reason for continuing their education:

  • Career advancement - 64%
  • Personal fulfillment - 17%
  • Career change - 16%[2]

Academic profile[edit]

The KU Edwards Campus offers a wide variety of undergraduate degree completion and graduate programs. U.S. News & World Report recognizes KU's public administration, special education and social work programs—all of which are offered on the Edwards Campus—among the nation's most highly rated.[3] The campus hosts quarterly information sessions that invite prospective students to meet with academic advisors and get information on campus resources and student services.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • Business Administration (BBA), funded by the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Exercise Science, funded by the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle
  • Information Technology (BSIT), funded by the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle
  • Literature, Language & Writing
  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Systems Analysis & Design (online certificate program)

Graduate programs[edit]

  • Architecture, Design & Planning
  • Architecture Management
  • Design Management
  • Facility Management - Certificate
  • Interaction Design
Business
  • Business - MBA
Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction - M.S.E., Reading Specialist, ESOL
  • Educational Administration - Ed.D
  • Educational Administration - M.S.E.
  • Educational Technology - M.S.E., funded by the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle
  • Special Education - Autism, High-Incidence (Adaptive)
Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management - M.S., M.E., funded by the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle
Journalism
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Communication Studies
  • Environmental Assessment, funded by the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle
  • Global and International Studies
Public Affairs & Administration
  • Public Administration - MPA
Social Welfare
  • Social Work - MSW

Campus information[edit]

The Edwards Campus sits on 30 acres of land and consists of four buildings. Stage one of the $80-million campus expansion project was completed in August 2004 with the opening of Regnier Hall, an 82,000 square-foot building containing classrooms, office space and a 240-seat auditorium. Jayhawk Central, the campus student union, opened in 2005 and includes an expanded KU bookstore, LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee, Sarpino’s Pizza, an outdoor terrace and wireless Internet access.

The campus expanded again in spring 2012 with the opening of the $23-million Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building. The 75,000 square-foot building was funded in part by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle. The building meets LEED certification requirements and includes a 4,000 square-foot conference center accommodating up to 400 people.

The campus is home to the Confucius Institute, the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training, the Hartley Audiology Clinic, the Center for STEM Learning and a branch of the Public Management Center.

The KU Confucius Institute is a cooperative project between the University of Kansas, Huazhong Normal University, and the Office of Chinese Language Council International of the Chinese Ministry of Education. Established in 2006, the Confucius Institute is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes dedicated to "enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture" around the world. As such, the KU Edwards Confucius Institute offers several different language and culture classes for all ages, as well as distance learning Chinese language classes to high schools and elementary schools across Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and in South Dakota and Arkansas during summer months.

The Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART), established in 2008 with private and public funds, is a multidisciplinary center that promotes research and training on the causes, nature and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). K-CART aims to generate new scientific discoveries about ASD, disseminate research-based practices by training professionals, practitioners and families who serve children and adults with autism, and provide clinical services through its alliance with the Center for Child Health and Development (CCHD) at KU Medical Center. The CCHD diagnoses and develops treatment recommendations for children with developmental disabilities.

The Hartley Audiology Clinic is staffed by doctoral-level audiologists on faculty in the KU Department of Speech, Language and Hearing as well as graduate students working toward doctoral degrees in audiology. Patients receive a full range of hearing tests and audiology services at the center, including the fitting of hearing aids. Located in Regnier Hall on the Edwards Campus, the clinic provides convenience for families who find it difficult to travel to KU Medical Center.

The Center for STEM Learning is an interdisciplinary collaborative venture intended to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, contributing to scholarship on STEM education at a national and international level.

The KU Public Management Center is the professional development arm of KU's School of Public Affairs and Administration. The program was established in 1974 to prepare leaders, develop professionalism in the public workforce, and link KU resources to the challenges of public management.

Student services[edit]

The KU Edwards Campus offers many online as well as on-site student services such as free parking, computer labs, a full-service library, disability resources, academic advising, financial aid and scholarship assistance, stats tutoring and a student writing center. Other campus features include multicultural programming, tech support and WiFi.

The KU Edwards Campus Student Advisory Board assists with campus events and provides students the opportunity to offer their input on various issues to Edwards Campus administration.

Programs[edit]

Start2Finish allows students to earn a KU degree by first taking classes at Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and finishing their degree at KU Edwards Campus. The two campuses are located only two miles apart in Overland Park. Counselors from both schools work with students to ensure their academic goals are met and every class counts toward their final degree. Classes can be taken concurrently at both campuses, and each school offers late afternoon and evening classes so students may continue to work while earning a degree.

Summer at KU in KC is an undergraduate program targeted at KU students and students from other universities living in the Kansas City area during the summer who wish to take summer courses at the Edwards Campus to advance in their program, stay on track to graduate on-time, or pick up elective hours.

Tuition and costs[edit]

Total rates by academic program are available per credit hour. Rates include tuition, course fees, relevant undergraduate or graduate fee, student union fee and construction fee. A flat rate applies for students with 12 credit hours or more for all fees except course fees. Course fees are charged per credit hour.

The KU Edwards Campus has a program called Metro KC that allows Missouri residents to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition while enrolled in courses at KU Edwards. The program is available to both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students who can document they are residents of either Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte or Ray counties for the past 12 consecutive months.

Community[edit]

The KU Edwards Campus has meeting spaces available that community groups and businesses can rent for a full day, half day, and on a per-hour basis. Available spaces can accommodate groups of two to 400 people. Available services include coffee service, audio-visual equipment, technology support, a vending area, room set-up arrangements, breakout rooms and catering recommendations.

Professional Edge workshops are free and open to members of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The series offers KU faculty and staff as presenters on current topics that are designed to support community economic and workforce development needs. Throughout the academic year, the KU Edwards Campus hosts free cultural events for area community members. These events include performances presented by the Dole Institute of Politics, KU School of Music, Kansas City Symphony and other area entertainers.

History[edit]

Since the 1940s, professors from KU’s main campus in Lawrence had been teaching classes in such fields as education, communications, and business management in various makeshift venues such as office buildings and the former Linwood Elementary School, located at 9900 Mission Road in Leawood.

In July 1975, the KU Endowment Association purchased Linwood Elementary School from the Shawnee Mission School District. For a short time, the building was called the Linwood Center but was soon named the Regents Center after the Kansas Board of Regents in order to avoid confusion and emphasize that KU was operating on behalf of the Kansas Board of Regents. In the beginning, courses offered at the center were primarily in the areas of education and business, all of which were taught by faculty from the Lawrence campus.

In 1993, The Regents Center moved to 126th and Quivira Road in Overland Park after KU alumnus and Johnson County real estate developer Clay Blair III donated 36 acres of land to the university in 1990. Blair requested the land be named in honor of Roy and Joan Edwards, KU alumni and longtime mentors to Blair. Blair and the Edwardses befriended each other in the early 1960s when Blair roomed with the Edwards' son, Roy Edwards III, at KU’s main campus in Lawrence, Kan. After Blair's graduation, the Edwardses and Blair continued their friendship and, as a result, Blair's act of generosity and support for KU made the university's vision of having a campus in greater Kansas City a reality.

The Edwards Campus has produced more than 8,000 graduates and is estimated to have contributed more than $500 million to the Johnson County economy.[4]

Johnson County Education Research Triangle sales tax[edit]

In November 2008, Johnson County voters approved a sales tax to fund a partnership between the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. The Triangle sales tax enabled the KU Edwards Campus to build the 75,000 square-foot BEST Building, which will allow the Edwards Campus to grow by 1,000 students. Read more about the programs brought to the Edwards Campus with funding provided by the Triangle.

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree was the first program at the Edwards Campus funded through the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle initiative. The BBA degree is offered exclusively at KU Edwards through the KU School of Business. Coursework focuses on business-oriented decision-making and business management skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) degree, approved in April 2012 by the Kansas Board of Regents, was the second degree established with funding from the Education and Research Triangle initiative. The BSIT degree provides students with knowledge and skills that directly apply to careers in information assurance and security, computer networking, IT management, systems administration and maintenance, project management, system integration and architecture, multimedia systems, human computer interaction, software development technologies, operating systems and more.

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