The reason for University of Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s recent visit to Wichita was an exciting one for the community – to emphasize the importance of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita to KU and the state, and to drum up support for KU’s request for an additional $4.5 million in state funding to double the class size of the Wichita campus and to pay physician faculty. In a meeting with The Eagle editorial board, Gray-Little noted that the generous private funding that enabled the campus to expand to a four-year program in 2011 was not sufficient to sustain the program and help it expand to 56 first- and second-year students. Now, KU’s stated support for the Wichita campus needs to be backed up by state dollars.
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