Fred Logan had a short learning curve when he took his place on the Kansas Board of Regents after being appointed to the post by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in July 2011.
As he settled into his role on the board that directs the state’s 32 public higher education institutions, he found himself dealing with issues like transfer and articulation that he had previously faced as a member of the JCCC board of trustees from 1992 to 1997.
“Serving on the JCCC board of trustees was superb preparation for serving on the board of regents,” said Logan, a Leawood attorney with decades of experience in support of education. “I just instantly felt a comfort level with the issues that we had before us on the regents, particularly on issues like transfer and articulation. When I was on the board of trustees in the early to mid-90s, we were dealing with those issues in a very early stage so I had a real familiarity with them.”
In May, the nine-member Board of Regents elected Logan as its vice chairman.
The regents will take three important steps this year regarding transfer and articulation, Logan said. They’ve already approved an initial list of courses that will be automatically transferrable with board action in June.
Logan said he expects the regents to approve a proposal that makes courses consisting of 55 to 59 hours of credit, with learner outcomes attached, automatically transferrable across the state’s higher education system. The regents also are expected to establish a program that would assure quality across the entire higher education system, as well as approve a second batch of courses that would be automatically transferable with regent approval in December.
“Transfer and articulation issues will always be there,” Logan said. “It’s something the board of regents will continue to work on.”
He lauded JCCC president Terry Calaway for his role in efforts to improve how courses transfer from community colleges to the state’s universities and between community colleges.
“Dr. Calaway is viewed as a real leader among community colleges in Kansas and among higher education in Kansas in general,” Logan said.
Beyond transfer and articulation issues, Logan said the two main community college-related issues the regents face are service areas and funding.
The state is divided into service areas both among the six regent-governed institutions and the community colleges. The regents are taking a preliminary look at the service areas, he said, though it likely will be addressed in the longer term rather than immediately.
Funding is more pressing, and Logan said he’s feeling optimistic about higher education funding, noting that Gov. Brownback included $41 million in new funding for higher education in his budget proposal to the legislature this year.
“I’m hopeful and optimistic on tech ed funding,” Logan said, noting that both the regents’ legislative package and the governor’s budget proposal included $8 million for additional technical education funding for the year that starts July 1.
In addition to his law practice, Logan Logan and Watson, L.C., in Prairie Village, and his work as a regent, Logan writes a column about public affairs in the “Kansas City Business Journal.”
He is active in community affairs, serving on the Shawnee Mission School District Committee for Excellence that advocates for excellence in the school district and in public education.In 1997, Logan received JCCC’s Hugh Speer Award for Distinguished Service to the College. In 2008, the JCCC Foundation named him the Johnson Countian of the Year, an award presented for distinguished civic leadership.