More than 30 high school students from southeast Kentucky are participating in a camp this week examining math and science technologies.  The lecture and lab time is being held at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research.

EKU Again Ranks High in 'Places to Work'

Jul 19, 2016

This week, The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an annual list of “Great Colleges to Work For”.  One of the sixty-eight colleges named on that list is Eastern Kentucky University.

The nationwide poll covered 46,000 employees at 281 campuses with an enrollment of 10,000 students or more. In Kentucky, EKU and Murray State University were the only two large institutions to make the list. The survey was taken between March 14th and April 15th of this year.

Performance Funding Work Group Gathering for First Meeting

Jul 19, 2016


A group charged with determining university funding based on performances is meeting Tuesday in Frankfort. This is the first of three meetings of the newly-formed Performance Funding Work Group.

Those serving on the workgroup are trying to develop a formula to determine how much money public schools should receive from the state. 

EKU Camp Focuses on Social Skills of Adolescents

Jul 18, 2016

    Teaching social skills can be carried out in a variety of settings.  A camp last week at Eastern Kentucky University helped eight adolescents interact in a different way.

Fayette Schools Plan Office for Educating Boys of Color

Jul 14, 2016
Stu Johnson


Lexington school officials have announced a new initiative aimed at addressing a long-standing perception of an "achievement gap" in public schools. 

It’s an issue that’s been studied, and debated for more than two decades.  A $600 thousand grant from the William R. Kenan Junior Charitable Trust will be used to establish an Office for Educating Boys of Color.

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt testified on Thursday before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, discussing the commonwealth’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

EKU Board Hears Reports on Graduation, Parking, and Dining

Jun 21, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University’s President says the school’s financial ship is steady and moving forward.  EKU’s Board of Regents Monday approved a $355 million budget for the year beginning July 1.  A court battle over Governor Bevin’s decision to reduce funding for this year continues. 

President Michael Benson says tough decisions will need to be made before next July, "The real heavy lifting is gonna come in the next several months when the faculty come back and we start the process of really ernest program review and some other things, that we look on the staff side as well."

University of Louisville President James Ramsey will step down, according to Gov. Matt Bevin.

The governor made the announcement during a news conference Friday morning. He also said he would reorganize U of L’s board of trustees.

“The intent is to give a fresh start, to improve the economies, the efficiencies and the administrative abilities of this board to govern the University of Louisville, because its health and its vibrancy is a critical part of the commonwealth,” Bevin said.

Private College Association Head Calls St. Catharine Unique Case

Jun 9, 2016

The announced closing of Springfield’s St. Catharine College last week may have Kentuckians wondering about other private postsecondary schools.  St Catharine officials say a long standing disagreement with federal officials over student financial aid was a major factor in the decision to close its doors this summer. 

Ky. Officials Continue Work on Education Accountability

Jun 7, 2016

Kentucky Department of Education officials continue to seek public comment on developing a new school accountability system.  A 12th opportunity, in the form of a virtual town hall meeting, is scheduled for tonight. 

EKU Regents Discuss Funding Cuts in Special Session

May 25, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents met in special session Wednesday to consider, among other items, state funding cuts to education.  

Following a lengthy closed-door “executive session,” Board Chair Craig Turner announced the formation of two committees to evaluate the school’s academic programs in light of the reduced funding.  An Academic Budget-Review Committee is working in conjunction with a Student/Staff committee.

Judge Rules Bevin Can Cut College, University Budgets

May 18, 2016

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has ruled Republican Gov. Matt Bevin can cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the approval of the state legislature. 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate says two state laws allow Bevin to reduce allotments for public colleges and universities. Wingate ruled while the governor's powers are usually confined to the state constitution, the legislature can give the governor additional powers by passing laws. He said Bevin's cuts of nearly $18 million to colleges and universities this year are not improper.

Higher Ed Court Case Receives Second Hearing

May 4, 2016
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

There was more testimony in Frankfort Wednesday regarding the state attorney general’s lawsuit against the governor.  Attorney General Andy Beshear argued Governor Matt Bevin didn’t have the authority to order funding reductions to the state’s universities earlier this spring.

The governor’s attorney Steve Pitt told Judge Thomas Wingate the chief executive does have the ability to decide how to administer funds.  Afterward both men felt good about a positive ruling. 

EKU Faculty Task Force to Tackle Funding Cuts

May 2, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University’s effort to deal with state funding reductions includes formation of a “Faculty Efficiency Task Force.”  The issue was discussed during last week’s university Board of Regents meeting. 

Following the April 27 meeting, Faculty Senate Chair Shirley O’Brien wasn’t sure what formation of the task force would involve, saying,  “This has been the first that we’ve discussed it today and I’m waiting to further look for faculty representation and better understand where are efficiency needs are.”

EKU Board Grants Contract Extension for Benson

Apr 29, 2016

Eastern Kentucky University’s Board of Regents is extending President Michael Benson’s contract by two years.  The school’s governing board approved the extension Wednesday.

EKU Board of Regents Acts on Budget Reductions

Apr 28, 2016

    Eastern Kentucky University officials are implementing short and long-term strategies to help cope with state funding reductions.  It was a day-long task for the school’s governing board.

The EKU Board of Regents backed reducing the tuition waiver benefit and modifying the school’s cell phone policy for employees plus shortening the vacation accrual time benefit for workers who leave the university. 

UK President Thanks Governor for Funding Restoration

Apr 21, 2016

The University of Kentucky’s President is expressing thanks to Governor Bevin for reducing funding cuts in the current fiscal year.  The governor released some $23 million to public universities Wednesday.  


President Eli Capilouto expressed his appreciation while attending a regional energy forum on the UK campus,  “It’s reminds me that our Center for Applied Energy Research is a state-funded entity.”  Capilouto said the center brings in millions of dollars and creates jobs on the Lexington campus and across the Commonwealth.


Seven Million Dollar Gift Leads to ‘Named Department’ at UK

Apr 18, 2016

The University of Kentucky’s Department of Biomedical Engineering carries a new name, thanks to a $7 million dollar gift.  The department is named in recognition of UK alumnus Joseph Halcomb.  The gift, announced Monday will add one endowed chair and two endowed fellowships along with fully funded graduate fellowships.  College of Engineering Dean John Walz says this influx of money taps into one of the hottest engineering growth areas.  “Huge advances in fields like medical imaging, drug delivery, prosthesis devices.  And so, it really is at the interface between other engineering discipl

Prichard Committee Officials Assess State Budget Agreement

Apr 15, 2016


The head of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence would like to see more flexibility in early childhood education spending.  The budget agreement reached in Frankfort maintains education funding for preschool through 12th grade.

Midway University to Offer MBA in Bourbon Tourism

Apr 13, 2016


Midway University will begin offering Master of Business Administration courses this fall with a focus on the bourbon industry.  Midway officials believe it’s a unique MBA program.

New EKU Student Group to Hear from Violence Survivors

Apr 4, 2016

A new student-based organization at Eastern Kentucky University is looking to hear from survivors of violence. Organizers of Students Against Violence at EKU, or SAVE, are staging their first meeting Tuesday night. Sierrah Anderson, EKU sponsor for the student group, says it’s about increasing awareness and involving students in changing the campus climate.

    Eastern Kentucky University is moving forward with capital construction projects on its Richmond campus.  The school’s president says the governor’s proposed funding cuts will not sway EKU’s revitalization strategies.


The President’s Day Holiday offers an opportunity to learn a lesson or two outside the school building.  That was the case Monday in downtown Lexington.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House, the childhood home of the 16th president’s wife, was bustling with children ages 5 to 10 moving from room to room.  Gwen Thompson is the house director.  “So it’s a great day when we put the focus on the kids and we don’t even have to worry about the adults who want to know more higher level adultee things,” said Thompson.

Legislation to revamp how academic standards are set in public elementary, middle, and high schools is headed to the Kentucky Senate. The measure is one of this year’s top priorities for senate republicans.

Berea College students, faculty, and administrators rallied Monday to show support for the college community following harassment aimed at international students, the LGBT community, and students of color.

UK’s Largest Single Gift Will Establish Honors College

Oct 22, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News


The University of Kentucky has received the single largest gift in school history. The $23 million gift will be used to create an honors college at UK.   

The historic gift comes from UK alumnus and longtime donor Tom Lewis and his wife Jan.  Lewis, a successful home builder in Arizona, said the honors college will pay tribute to his family, who has a long history in eastern Kentucky.  He says one new aspect of the college will be the addition of full time, non-academic career counselors. 

Benson: School Mission Won’t Be Deterred By Security Threat

Oct 19, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Monday told the university's Board of Regents that challenging times make the campus community stronger.  Benson was referring to a security threat found in a campus restroom two weeks ago that prompted officials to close the school for two days.  “All you can do is make sure you’ve got the protocols and kind of the necessary infrastructure in place," said Benson.  "You can never define the future and say this is gonna happen again.  We certainly hope it doesn’t."

Eastern Kentucky University officials are exploring ways to enhance security following a second security threat this year.   The investigation continues into a threatening graffiti message found in a campus restroom.  Public Safety Director Brian Makinen  says a third party vendor will be asked to make suggestions.  “It’s very likely that it’s going to lead to the addition of security cameras or other security measures,” said Makinen.

EKU Students Back in Class After Security Threat

Oct 14, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University students were back on campus Wednesday following a longer than expected fall break.  Classes were called off for two days last week in the wake of a security threat in the form of an ominous message found inside a bathroom on campus.  Senior Sofia Guadagni of Versailes says canceling classes was best because attendance would have probably been low.  "But, I wasn’t gonna stop my life for what they did," she said. "I kept on going, living the way I needed to. I went to work and did my homework and studied, stayed in the dorm, all that stuff."

Transylvania University 26th President Formally Installed

Oct 9, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Seamus Carey has been officially installed as the 26th president at Transylvania University.  Carey, who came to the Lexington liberal arts school from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, has been on the job for more than a year.