Nearly a decade ago, then-K-State president Kirk Schulz laid out his plan for the university to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. Now, five years from the end of the lofty plan, university officials are planning a refresh of K-State 2025.

Enrollment in K-State’s master’s in software engineering program has waned in recent years, but a proposed bachelor’s degree in applied computer science could help funnel students into the program, K-State officials told the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday.

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K-State’s rural students have been the most affected group of Kansas students by the university’s five-year skid in student headcount, a Mercury analysis of enrollment data found.

The Manhattan-Ogden school board advocated for retention of funds for at-risk students Wednesday evening while meeting with state representatives from the area to discuss the school district’s priorities at the statehouse.

The Manhattan-Ogden school board will consider a $563,000 request to buy 270 MacBook Air laptops for teachers and 550 iPads for the district’s 10th graders.

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Since peaking in 2014, K-State’s student body has continued to dip to a 20-year low this semester, and the most affected student groups in the decline have been white, black and international students, a Mercury analysis of enrollment data shows.

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The Manhattan-Ogden school board will join several other school districts across the nation in independent lawsuits against e-cigarette manufacturer Juul.

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A judge dismissed a 2016 Title IX lawsuit against K-State after the two plaintiffs, who had accused the university of failing to investigate off-campus rape incidents against them, dropped their lawsuit.