Straight talk

Answering your questions about K-State and philanthropy

Is higher education worth the cost? Tax payers, students, parents, legislators … many people are asking this question. The answer is YES. Having thriving institutions of higher education is key to Kansas’ prosperity; it’s crucial for a flourishing state economy and it’s essential to the health, well-being and success of students, families and Kansas communities.

The value of a college education is just one of the questions frequently asked of KSU Foundation staff that we address in this issue. Do you want to find out how research at K-State benefits you? Have you wondered why private support for faculty is so important? Keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and more.


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Straight talk: Is college worth the expense?

Absolutely. It is one of the best investments you can make

Straight talk: How do I benefit from research conducted at K-State?

Benefits of research conducted at K-State spread across the United States and the world.

Straight talk: Why is K-State making such an effort toward diversity and inclusion on campus?

The richness and perspectives that diversity brings to Kansas State University is healthy for the growth of students and the university.

Straight talk: Why should donors give to support faculty? Aren't they paid by the state?

State funds and tuition cover the base salary for K-State faculty and staff. Private gifts enable K-State to offer more competitive salaries to recruit and retain outstanding faculty.

Straight talk: Does K-State Athletics take money from the academic budget?

It does not. In fact, K-State Athletics (KSA) is the lone athletic department in the state and one of only eight across the country to operate with no direct university and student funding or state support.

Straight talk: What does state funding support at K-State? And what does philanthropy support?

State funds and tuition cover most salaries and operating expenses at K-State. Private gifts pick up where state support ends, providing a margin of excellence for students, faculty and programs.