Education

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has reviewed details about campus building projects totaling more than $2 billion. There were also lighter moments in his Thursday speech to Lexington Rotarians. 

Capilouto talked about how the historic construction on the Lexington campus has meant thousands of jobs and millions in state and local tax revenues. 

Repairs Underway on EKU Pedway

18 hours ago
Stu Johnson

Reconstruction work is progressing on a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. A contractor hopes to see the affected roadway reopen next week.

A commercial truck with a raised hydraulic lift plowed into the overhead walkway Friday.  Danny Price is Vice President of Contractor E.C. Matthews. He says removal work this week will hopefully pave the way for re-opening a portion of Lancaster Avenue next week.

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A Berea College administrator has offered testimony about the cost of college education to a congressional committee in Washington.  Much of the questioning Tuesday focused on student debt.

Berea College is known nationally for its "no student paid" tuition with a "student work required" philosophy. 

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A panel comprised of public university presidents, legislative representatives and officials from Governor Matt Bevin’s office is continuing to work on plans to implement partial performance funding for higher education in Kentucky.  The Performance Funding Work Group meets Wednesday in Frankfort. 

kentucky.com

The University of Kentucky will benefit from the latest gift from a foundation tied to a Lexington auto dealership.

A $10 million gift from the Don Jacobs Charitable Foundation, announced Tuesday, means further investment in undergraduate science education at UK.  A majority of the contribution, $8 million, will go toward the new academic science building that now bears the name Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building.  Don Jacobs, well-known in Lexington, passed away last spring.

Lexington 5th Graders Get Keeneland Experience

Aug 25, 2016
Stu Johnson-WEKU News

    

The Keeneland Race Track is offering a classroom experience for hundreds of Lexington area students.  School children are being educated this week on the finer points of the historic facility, and Keeneland officials hope the youngsters become racing fans.

Hundreds of excited fifth graders started their morning in the sales pavilion.  When it came time for a mock horse auction, everyone got quiet.

Work Begins on Berea Forest Outreach Center

Aug 22, 2016
berea.edu

    

Construction is set to begin on an Outreach Center at a popular Madison County trail area. The new facility will help introduce visitors to the history of Berea College’s Forest.

The 5,000 square foot structure is being built near the Indian Fort Trail.  It’s expected to include space to offer a curated description of the College Forest. 

EKU Regents Consider Suspending Academic Programs

Aug 19, 2016
praa.eku.edu

   

This year's tight financial situation is causing Eastern Kentucky University officials to consider suspending a total of 21 academic programs.  Senior Vice President for Academics and Provost Janna Vice brought the matter before the Board of Regents during a special meeting Thursday.

The proposed cuts are only recommendations at this point.  The discussion is, in part, due to a $7 million budget reduction planned for the 2017/18 fiscal year.  Any decision to suspend the academic programs would not affect current students. 

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As faculty and staff prepare for the Fall Academic Term, Eastern Kentucky University’s President gave his annual convocation address yesterday. Dr. Michael Benson projected an upbeat attitude about the school’s present and future.    

Kentucky Schools Offered Opioid Blocker

Aug 15, 2016
kentucky.com

    

With classes underway in many sections of Kentucky, school officials are considering stocking a life-saving drug.  It is being used to reverse the effects of an opioid related overdose.

Students Seek School Governance Spots

Aug 11, 2016
Rachel Belin-Prichard Committee Student Voice Team

    

As classes begin this week in many Kentucky schools, a student-led organization continues to seek an official role in school governance.  The group’s efforts are reflected in a report released this week.

Demolishing Case Hall Does not Destroy Memories

Aug 8, 2016
Stu Johnson

What was once women’s dormitory housing thousands of women is now being dismantled.  Case Hall on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus is being torn down amidst floods of memories from those that lived and studied there.


Ribbons Cut for Lexington Schools

Aug 5, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

With the start of school fast approaching in Lexington, proud Fayette administrators and parents celebrated two new elementary school ribbon cuttings today.  Student growth is ongoing in the central Kentucky community.

As the Bryan Station High School  Brass Quintet played the national anthem, the school’s JROTC’s cadets raised the Coventry Oak Elementary Flag for the first time.

EKU Tests On-Campus Siren System

Aug 4, 2016
emergency.eku.edu

    

Sirens are expected to wail in and around the Eastern Kentucky University campus this weekend.  It’s the first independent test on the Richmond campus.

St. Catherine College Closes

Aug 1, 2016
secky.edu

    

After 85 years in operation, St. Catharine College is closing, effective Monday.  Trustees at the Catholic, liberal arts school near Springfield, voted in late spring to shut it down. 
 

Officials say they had no choice but to close the institution, which has seen declining enrollment and has been embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. Department of Education over financial aid cuts. 
 

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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
international.eku.edu

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
wkms.org

    

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
WEKU News

    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
WEKU News

    

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. 

education.ky.gov

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
regents.eku.edu

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."

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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
kentucky.com

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
education.ky.gov

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
english.eku.edu

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
libraryscience.edu.edu

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
president.eku.edu

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.

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