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
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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
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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
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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
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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.  

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There’s a great deal to be proud of in the just released student testing results for Fayette County public schools.  

Beshear Optimistic About Funding for Higher Ed

Sep 29, 2015
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Governor Steve Beshear on Monday offered a positive financial review to members of Kentucky’s higher education community.  Beshear admitted he’s a bit envious of Kentucky’s next governor.

That envy comes as Governor Beshear predicts a bright revenue future.  He addressed participants at the Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship.  “It will be a matter of priorities," Beshear said. "It will be a matter of balancing.  But, I’m hoping that the next governor has higher education as one of those priorities.” 

Berea College's Farm Ranks 17th Nationally

Sep 23, 2015

Berea College is being recognized nationally for its campus farm.  The 500 acre farm placed 17th out of the nation’s top 40 postsecondary farms.

The rankings come from ‘College Ranker,’ an organization that researches schools all across the country.  Berea College’s farm listing is based on a number of factors including hands on experience, community outreach, and degree options. 

Record Enrollment Paves Way for EKU Pay Hike

Sep 21, 2015
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A recently announced pay raise for Eastern Kentucky University employees could catch the eye of prospective workers.  EKU faculty and staff will see an increase in their paychecks later this fall.

EKU Expecting Record High Enrollment

Sep 18, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University appears headed for an overall historic enrollment level.  The school's overall student population is closing in on 17,000. 

The school's Enrollment Management Director Brett Morris says 85 percent of students at Eastern are from Kentucky.  He says there’s an ongoing effort to attract more out-of-state and international students.  “If a student from Kentucky comes to EKU, and they go home and the only people they’ve met while they’ve been here are people just like themselves, then we haven’t helped them grow,” said Morris.

Kentucky’s Universities Discuss Campus Safety

Sep 3, 2015

Eight public universities and six private schools are collaborating on ways to increase safety on all their campuses.  The University of Kentucky hosted the Assessing Campus Climate Conference Thursday. Northern Kentucky University Associate Dean of Students, Ann James says, sexual assault is an issue at every school.  “We’re concerned,” said James. “I mean we’re no different than any other campus. NKU has as much a problem as anybody else does.  And now we’re gonna actually be able to get our minds around what is our actual population that has been impacted.”


Officials with the state board of education are spending extra funds to conduct extensive background checks on the finalists for education commissioner.  The board over the weekend narrowed the field of frontrunners from five to two.  Board Chair Roger Marcum says they want to sidestep a repeat of a situation in 2007, when the newly hired commissioner resigned amid controversy.  “It makes it more difficult when those kind of things happen to find a qualified person and it causes embarrassment," said Marcum.  "We want to avoid that if we possibly can." 

‘Topping Off’ Signals Progress on EKU Science Building

Aug 31, 2015
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It’s ceremonial, but also a sign of progress at a major construction site on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU celebrated Monday with a ‘topping out’ ceremony.

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Hundreds of Fayette County high school students received tips Thursday on how to respond if they witness bullying or are victims themselves. Suggestions came during an anti-bullying summit.

The Kentucky Board of Education has advanced five candidates in its search for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday, who is retiring at the end of the month.

    Berea College is being recognized for its educational value and the impact its graduates make. 

Washington Monthly magazine ranks Berea College first in the south for ‘Best Bang for the Buck.’  The school also places third nationally among liberal arts schools.

The college’s president says the southern Madison County school could teach other institutions a thing or two about affordability.

GED Diplomas to Kentucky Inmates Drop 89 Percent

Aug 24, 2015

Kentucky inmates earned dramatically fewer GED diplomas since the test switched in January 2014 from a paper-based test to a more rigorous version taken on a computer, according to the state Department of Corrections.

EKU to Begin Ticketing for Tobacco Related Violations

Aug 23, 2015
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Beginning next month, anyone caught smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco on Eastern Kentucky University campuses could be ticketed.  EKU officials are cracking down on offenders after declaring all campuses tobacco free more than a year ago.

EKU 2015 Freshman Class One of School’s Largest

Aug 21, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University’s Richmond campus is overflowing with new faces. Friday is move-in day for what is expected to be one of EKU’s largest incoming freshman classes ever.  Don Garza of Springfield, Kentucky says his brother, already an Eastern student, encouraged him to enroll. Garza says he knows it will be a brand new experience.  “Meeting some new friends, just hanging out, different experience from high school, grow up a little bit,” said Garza.

Kentucky Center For School Safety Releases Report

Aug 20, 2015

This year’s school safety data report has been released.  Drug and alcohol issues remain a priority concern.

Work on New Lexington High School to Resume

Aug 19, 2015

Construction of a new high school in Lexington is expected to resume soon.  A building permit is expected to be issued this morning. 

EKU President Outlines Priorities During Convocation

Aug 18, 2015
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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson Tuesday spelled out academic, facility, and campus lifestyle priorities for the Richmond school.  Benson’s thoughts came during the annual convocation at the EKU Center for the Arts.

Kentucky Dept. of Education

The appointment of Kentucky’s top education official would be subject to state Senate confirmation under a bill pre-filed last week in the General Assembly.

Transition From College to University in Midway

Aug 13, 2015
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The former Midway College became Midway University earlier this summer. The school’s president outlined the conversion process for Lexington Rotarians Thursday.

A new, more rigorous version of the GED test has led to a dramatic drop in the number of Kentuckians receiving a high school equivalency diploma.


Wednesday is the first day of school for thousands of Lexington area students.  It’s also the first day of school for the superintendent of the state’s second largest school district.

The Kentucky Board of Education has chosen Kevin C. Brown as interim commissioner while its search continues for a successor to Commissioner Terry Holliday.

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A van outfitted with computer stations is travelling all over the state to spread the word about saving for college.  The 'College Info Road Show' bus made a stop on Eastern Kentucky University's campus last week.

School Principals Attend Class While Students Wrap Up Summer Break

Jul 27, 2015
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While school children are enjoying their last few days poolside, many of their principals are in the classroom. The National Institute for School Leadership Program is meeting this week in Lexington.

About two dozen central Kentucky principals are meeting at Garden Springs Elementary.