KU Edwards Campus

Image of four individuals gathered at a courtyard table. " There are no other in-state options for students to pursue a bachelor's degree in a professional studies"  Stuart Day, dean of KU Edwards Campus and School of Professional Studies

The new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree from the KU Edwards Campus will be available to students beginning in Fall 2022.

The University of Kansas, with support from the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT), is launching a new online Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Fall 2022, giving students with an associate’s degree or equivalent hours the chance to maximize their earned college credits from other higher education institutions and earn a KU degree.

Kansas State University Olathe Campus

Over the past three years, JCERT-funded programs at KU Edwards Campus and K-State Olathe have grown by 105%, running counter to enrollment declines occurring in higher education. 

Demand for JCERT-funded programs is on the rise at K-State Olathe and the KU Edwards Campus despite challenges in higher education because both universities continue to provide educational offerings to meet career opportunities.

Phyllis Greenquist displaying poster Small World Initiative

Phyllis Greenquist is learning how scientists may one day be able to engineer replacement organs for people like her who are in need of a lung transplant.

Pursuing KU’s JCERT-supported online Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the Edwards Campus (KUEC) in Overland Park more than 35 years after her high school graduation, Kansas City native Phyllis Greenquist exemplifies resilience.

JCERT program enrollment growth graph

JCERT funding for KUEC is specifically earmarked for business, engineering, science and technology programs.

The latest KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) enrollment news reveals a 12.4% increase in year-over-year student credit hours in degree and certificate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle.

Ariana Engleheart

Ariana Englehart was motivated to go back to school to provide a better future for her children, and, as a working single parent, the flexibility of KUEC’s JCERT-supported BBA program allowed her to balance her responsibilities while pursuing her education.

The road to earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration was anything but easy for 35-year-old KU graduate Ariana Englehart. 

Can I afford college?

College degrees provide long-term value and are made more affordable through accelerated degree programs, in-state tuition rates for non-Kansas residents and financial aid.

It’s no secret. Earning a college degree can be expensive. That’s why JCERT’s higher education partners – the KU Edwards Campus and K-State Olathe – provide options that make college affordable and offer degrees that provide a return on those investments.

JCERT’s support is critical in helping us provide relevant programming for our students to advance in their careers and in building a talent pipeline for local employers.

JCERT’s support is critical in helping provide relevant programming for students to advance in their careers and build a talent pipeline for local employers.

The KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) revealed a nearly 31% enrollment increase in graduate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) from spring 2020 to spring 2021. 

Jack Treml, who combines his love for science and teaching to lead the biotech program the KU Edwards Campus

Jack Treml, who combines his love for science and teaching to lead the biotech program the KU Edwards Campus.

Since the JCERT-supported biotechnology undergraduate program started in 2016, leaders at the KU Edwards Campus have built strong relationships with students, educators and employers. 

By Stuart Day, Dean, KU Edwards Campus and KU School of Professional Studies

By Stuart Day, Dean, KU Edwards Campus and KU School of Professional Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates many realities our society was already facing. Not the least of these are access to education, financial stress, disparities in technological capabilities, racial injustice and the unique needs of nontraditional students.

JCERT graduate program enrollment growth at KUEC

Year-over-year enrollment figures for JCERT-supported programs demonstrate the area’s demand for an educated, skilled workforce.

The latest KU Edwards Campus (KUEC) enrollment news reveals an 18.5% year-over-year increase in graduate degree and certificate programs supported by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT). 

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