Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges and universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below-benchmark academic achievement scores. Officials from Kentucky schools gathered last week at Eastern Kentucky University.

Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on corequisite course work. A corequisite is a course of study required to be taken simultaneously with another.

Eastern Kentucky School Scores Test Gains

Sep 29, 2016

A high school in far Eastern Kentucky tops the list of high schools making gains in student test scores.  Phelps High School scored 17 points higher than other schools in a just-released statewide testing report.

Phelps Principal Mike Hamilton says it’s not a “magic potion” but “buckling down” that led to higher test scores.  He says setting aside a half hour daily for targeted instruction has been helpful. 

Student Test Scores Show Progress

Sep 29, 2016

Just-released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education show gains in a number of areas.  The state’s chief education administrator admits progress doesn’t eliminate the need for future improvement.

High school graduation rates, along with college/career readiness continue to go up.  State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year. 

Modifying College Drinking Through Online Program

Sep 27, 2016

A national organization promoting responsible drinking is testing a web-based alcohol consumption tool for college-aged groups.  It was one topic for discussion at the state’s first Campus Safety Summit last week in Richmond.

The Failsafe on-line program is designed to help student leaders shape group behavior around alcohol consumption.  The website tool is being piloted at ten schools across the U.S. this fall.

Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school.  The aim remains to hit the 50 percent mark.

Various positions regarding ‘concealed weapons’ have been discussed at Eastern Kentucky University Friday, during the first Campus Safety Summit.

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

Sep 15, 2016
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.

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. 

WEKU News - Eastern Kentucky University

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.

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


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


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. 

John Hingsbergen

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


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


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


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.


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.