University Engineering Initiative Act
The University Engineering Initiative Act, or UEIA, was created to increase the number of engineering graduates in the state of Kansas to 1,365 per year by 2021. The goal for the Carl. R. Ice College of Engineering was 587 graduates per year by 2021. The initiative directed the secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce to work with the Kansas Board of Regents, as well as Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Wichita State University, to develop a plan to target engineering education efforts to fuel economic growth and business success in Kansas.
Funding and matching
The UEIA bill passed on May 25, 2011, providing $105,000,000 to the three schools over the 10-year period of the act. Each school receives $3,500,000 per year. The colleges must then provide a one-to-one match from non-state sources, or $3.5 million per year for each school, for a total match of $105 million over the 10 years, to support engineering education programs.
By the year 2021, the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will add more than 160 new graduates from its programs. To meet this goal, the college will implement enhanced recruitment and retention programs to increase the size of the student body and support student success. In turn, it will increase its facilities by more than 100,000 square feet, as well as increase the number of faculty serving students.
As of 2019, Kansas State University had added Engineering Hall with more than 100,000 square feet of new space for classrooms, laboratories, faculty and student design teams. The three state engineering schools had met and exceeded the goal of graduating 1,365 students by the year 2021. Demand for these graduates remains strong with a high percentage either employed or seeking additional professional education.
Faculty and students of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering have both the talent and potential to transform possibility into reality. The institution is committed to providing an educational environment where this record of success will continue to flourish.