Apr 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Governance and Faculty

Governance Councils


The faculty at Kansas State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, student advising, research, extension education, scholarly achievement, and creative endeavor.

K-State recognizes superior teaching with annual faculty awards. Citations for the Outstanding Teachers of the Year and for Distinguished Graduate Faculty Members are presented at commencement. The university also honors faculty members who contribute to the expansion of knowledge in their respective fields.

The faculty assumes a major responsibility to participate in outreach activities that serve the citizens of the state, and many hold leadership positions in their disciplines and in professional organizations.


Faculty Senate

Graduate student learning outcomes

Graduates of advanced degree programs at Kansas State University will:


Demonstrate thorough understanding and/or competency in a specific area of emphasis, study, or profession.


Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge through critical thinking, inquiry, analysis, and communication to solve problems and to produce scholarly and creative works including but not limited to design, art, performance, and original research in the form of a thesis or dissertation.

Attitudes and Professional Conduct

Exhibit an awareness of their responsibilities (professional integrity, ethical behavior, ability to work with diverse groups of people, etc.) and engage in professional conduct towards all constituent groups, including students, faculty, public, etc.

Assessment of student learning

K-State is committed to student learning and to providing the highest quality educational experiences for its students. The university upholds the assessment of student learning and the use of the results of the assessment as key strategies to ensure continuous improvement of student learning. Student learning outcomes at the university, degree program, and support program levels provide a shared vision of what we value and what students are expected to learn.

Within a culture of reflection, scholarship, trust, and shared responsibilities, faculty, with participation from students, administrators, alumni, and K-State constituents, develop and implement ongoing and systematic assessment strategies to understand what, how much, and how students learn. Through the use of both direct and indirect sources of evidence of student performance, results from assessment guide collective actions for, among others, curricular change, better learning opportunities for students, improvement of teaching, and more effective academic support services.

Further information can be found on the K-State Office of Assessment web page.