The Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday approved a name change for Kansas State University Salina to Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.
The name change is effective immediately.
A press release from K-State called the polytechnic campus, which focuses on teaching theory through hands-on, interdisciplinary and applied learning, “the only campus of its kind in the state of Kanas.”
"A polytechnic identity not only provides a much-needed niche for Kansas State University in the immediate region, but also aligns with our teaching and research mission,"Kirk Schulz, Kansas State University president, said in the release. "The career-based learning and hands-on research at our polytechnic campus will play a vital role as we strive to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025."
The university issued assurances that the name change did not effect the campus' standing within the greater Kansas State system.
"The Salina community has invested into the growth and success of this campus and we are grateful to have such loyal support," Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and dean of Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus said. "We believe this transformation will greatly increase our value within Salina and we're proud to be able to give back to our neighbors and friends as well as contribute to the current revitalization of the city."
The school will also retain the College of Technology and Aviation, though it will merge the aviation, engineering technology and arts, sciences and business departments into the greater School of Integrated Studies.