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Washburn University Campus Profile

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Washburn University
1700 College, Topeka, KS





Washburn University is a public institution with more than 6,900 students and 1,000 faculty and staff involved in more than 200 academic programs. Our programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.

All of our programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Applied StudiesBusinessLaw  and Nursing on a 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, Kan.

The broadly-based liberal arts and professional programs are enriched by a long-standing interactive relationship between the campus and Kansas’s capital city community.

Since its founding in 1865, Washburn has been providing students of all walks of life a place to realize their dreams. Today, our legacy of affordable, quality education for all continues.

  • Washburn is annually ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.
  • More than $70 million in financial aid is available to students annually.
  • Scholarships awarded from university resources total $7.9 million.
  • Residents of Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas pay Kansas resident tuition 



Type of Program:  Bonner Leader

Year Began: 2001

Bonner Program Website: http://www.washburn.edu/about/community/learning/scholar-bonner.html

Where is the Bonner Program located: Academic Affairs 

Number of Bonner Students: 40

Highlighted Bonner Specific Programs:


  • High Impact Community Engagement Initiative: This past year the Bonner program has focused attention on the development of a campus wide community engagement projects. In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning we delivered eight luncheon "workshops" which brought faculty, staff and community partners together to learn about HICEPs and how they might partner to create community engagement work into the curriculum. Out of these luncheons seven courses have been implemented with seven more planned or Fall 2016. Beginning this summer we will be issuing six stipends to faculty who wish to participate in a mentored HICEP course development process. 
  • The Exchange Pantry has completed its first full year of operation. The Exchange provided food for 120 individuals from the Washburn Community and distributed 2142 different items. The volunteer coordinator oversaw 218 hours of service provided by 13 different volunteers. 



Washburn Transformational Experience (WTE)


The WTE is a program that was created to provide Washburn University students with amazing opportunities and experiences. The main objective of the WTE program is to transform students into a new kind of individual (e.g., more worldly, more knowledgeable). The Community Service WTE involves students in the community at a variety of different partner organizations. Student will complete 150 hours of service and participate in regularly scheduled seminars to discuss the issues related to the service they are providing. Upon completion of their service experience students will present their learning in a public forum at the end of either the fall or spring semester. Students will earn from one to three credit hours depending on how long they participate.


Civic Engagement: Poverty Studies Minor


 Students who choose to complete the Civic Engagement Poverty Studies Minor will have the opportunity to combine their passion, curiosity, knowledge, and skills to understand and be a part of the world as civically engaged citizens who are aware of and can ethically and humanely address the complexities that emerge in their field as a result of poverty and inequality. Poverty is complex and as such, no single academic discipline can provide a holistic examination of the issue or solution for addressing the poverty that exists. It takes people from different backgrounds, with differing academic preparation, working together to bring a collaborative understanding of the issue and to make a real difference in the world in which they live. Therefore, this minor, by the nature of its focus, is interdisciplinary. This means that each student can have the experience of collaborating with peers who hold different pieces of the puzzle of how to effectively address poverty.



President: Dr. Jerry Farley

Bonner Program Staff: 

  • Dr. Richard B. Ellis, Director



  • Ms. Kristine Hart, Associate Director



  • Ms. Carrie Haverty, Administrative Assistant




Bonner Leadership Team: 





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