In 1999, major changes were made to the structure of postsecondary education in Kansas when the Kansas Legislature passed the Kansas Higher Education Coordination Act. This legislation gave the Board of Regents the powers and duties of higher education coordination. In addition to governing authority over the state universities, the Board was given coordinating authority over the community colleges, technical colleges, and the municipal university.
The Kansas Higher Education Coordination Act included a mandate for a Postsecondary Database. Specifically, K.S.A. 74-3205d charges the Board with the responsibility to "collect and analyze data and maintain a uniform postsecondary education data base."
In response, the Kansas Board of Regents developed the Kansas Postsecondary Database (KSPSD) to collect student data as well as the Business Training and Enrichment student data collection, Program Inventory (PI), Course Inventory (CI) and Courses within Programs (CWPs). Together these collections are referred to as the Kansas Higher Education Data System (KHEDS). KHEDS supports informed decision-making through the collection, analysis, and reporting of postsecondary education in Kansas. Click here for more information on Enabling Legislation.
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Each fall and spring term, public and independent postsecondary education institutions in Kansas are asked to report specific enrollment data. These reports represent an enrollment "snapshot" for an institution at one specific time during each term. For these reports, the "snapshot" date or reporting day is the 20th day of class during the fall or spring term. Institutions submit their enrollment data on web forms maintained by the Data, Research & Planning (DRP) unit at the Kansas Board of Regents.
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The Kansas Legislature passed the Qualified Admissions statute (K.S.A 76-717) in 1996. Qualified Admissions (QA) outlines undergraduate admissions requirements for students applying to state universities in Kansas. K.S.A. 76-717 requires the Board of Regents to submit an annual report to the Legislature containing information on the number of applicants admitted during the preceding academic year. The information contained in the report must be disaggregated by institution. The survey collects information so the Board may comply with the reporting requirement.
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