Governor Sam Brownback has declared April 17 to 23 Kansas Private College Week. Bethany College is one of the 18 private colleges in Kansas. Dean of Recruitment and Marketing Tricia Hawk says, “It is exciting to have the Governor proclaim a Private College week. Higher education, whether it be private or public, is an important investment in Kansas’ future; and at Bethany, we believe we provide a valuable option as a private institution for students seeking personal, customizable education.”

In his proclamation, Brownback stated that Kansas private colleges  have graduated about 100,000 alumni who currently live and work in the state; assist students with grants and scholarships, and award 20% of Kansas’s bachelor’s degree and 29% of masters degrees; provide employment and cultural and educational events for smaller communities; invest resources in their local communities; and promote civic engagement and leadership development through community service, internship and work study programs, and their campus cultures.

“Education beyond high school is essential, not just for the strength and growth of the state’s economy, but also for the lives of people who aspire to the American dream of meaningful life and work, financial security and positive participation in the life of the community,” said Doug Penner, president of the Kansas Independent College Association, in his editorial responding the proclamation. “Kansas Private College Week is an opportunity to recognize again one small but very productive sector of the higher education enterprise in our state”

Bethany College is a member of the KICA, along with Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Manhattan Christian College, McPherson College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and University of Saint Mary.