DODGE CITY (AP) -- Dodge City Community College could become part of Fort Hays State University under a proposal that would create the first public four-year degree-granting college in southwest Kansas.

The community college's Board of Trustees has been discussing the proposal, which would include developing an Institute of Applied Technology at what could be known as Fort Hays State University at Dodge City.

The institute would include a cooperative curriculum program, as well as having Fort Hays teach other four-year programs in Dodge City based on demand.

The Dodge City Globe reported the board of trustees was expected to vote today to pursue the proposal, which would be only a preliminary step. The plan would have to be approved by the Board of Regents, Legislature and governor.

In May 2012, FHSU President Edward H. Hammond -- who is retiring in June -- commissioned a feasibility study to determine to demand for a satellite campus in Dodge City. The study was conducted by the Docking Institute at FHSU.

The Docking study proposed the satellite campus in Dodge City would be designed to deliver traditional on-campus, upper-division courses in targeted major fields of study to students who had completed associate degrees at regional community colleges.

The Globe reported the plan has received support from Gov. Sam Brownback, who allowed Hammond and members of a fact-finding mission use of a plane to visit the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, a model for FHSU at Dodge City, according to Hammond.