Education

10:57pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Education

EKU and KCTCS Partner on New Transfer Program

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Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System are joining forces on a new statewide college credit transfer program. 

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3:45pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Education

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT

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Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.  "In the ACT world, a point one gain, point two gain is considered a very nice gain across time.  What we're seeing across time is, you know picking up a full point over five years in several different areas," said Draut.

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10:23pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Education

Transy's Incoming Freshman Class Most Diverse in School History

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Classes begin at Transylvania University in a couple of weeks. When doors open, the Lexington school will welcome its most diverse class ever. 

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5:43pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Education

EKU President and Cabinet Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

EKU President Michael Benson (far left) and the President's Council
Sean McCormick WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. Mike Benson and the President’s Council took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on EKU’s Richmond campus Monday afternoon.

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10:17pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Education

Enrollment Up and Down at Eastern Kentucky University

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    Monday is the first day of the fall semester at Eastern Kentucky University.  Sharon Lott is beginning her tenure in EKU's American Sign Language and Interpreter Education program.  She comes to the Richmond school after teaching 20 years in North Carolina. 

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2:36pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Education

EKU President: School Branding Reboot and Multiple Construction Projects Planned

Credit Stu Johnson

Universities must comply with numerous laws, regulations and policies. Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson says there are federal reporting requirements for everything from financial aid, to accounting, to on-campus crime statistics. 

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4:26pm

Mon August 11, 2014
Education

Major Expansion in Free Meal Program for Fayette School District

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Thousands of additional students in Lexington public schools are now eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch. 

The free meal program expansion comes without a financial impact to the local school district.

When the new school year begins Wednesday in Fayette County, all students at 27 qualified schools can eat free.  Child Nutrition Director Michelle Coker says only one school offered this program last year.  "It was a surprise we had that many sites.  That was a good surprise," said Coker.

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10:02pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Education

EKU Prepares to Launch Video Gaming Institute

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Eastern Kentucky University is joining a number of other post-secondary schools to further video game development education. 

EKU is a member of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance. 

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10:55pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Education

UK Enters into $210 Million Multimedia Rights Contract

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University of Kentucky athletics is entering into a $210 million dollar multimedia marketing rights agreement with JMI Sports.  The 15-year agreement is being called "one of the most valuable partnerships of it's kind."

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10:49pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Education

School Cafeterias Across Ky Serving 17,000 Fewer Meals

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School nutritionists from across the Commonwealth are trying to get more students to eat healthier meals during the instructional day.  About 700 school cooks, managers, and administrators are meeting for a statewide conference this week in Lexington. 

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4:21pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Education

UK Budget Exceeds $3 Billion for First Time


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10:33pm

Sun June 8, 2014
Education

International Book Project to Send E-Readers to South Africa

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    The Lexington-based International Book Project is initiating an electronic reader program in South Africa. 

75 e-readers are scheduled to be shipped overseas later this summer.  International Book Project Director Kristen Svarczkopf says each electronic instrument will feature several books with mostly African publishers.  "So, this is a way that we could get books to people we haven't been able to before in really rural areas like the small shipment method does, but at a lower cost and has the added benefit of introducing them to technology," said Svarczkopf.

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4:36pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Education

UK Grants to Help Freshmen Adjust to College

Mark Kornbluh
Credit Stu Johnson / Weku radio

    The University of Kentucky is one of 37 research schools receiving grant dollars to help retain science and math students.  UK is getting almost two million dollars from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

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6:00am

Fri May 30, 2014
Education

Eastern Kentucky University Goes Tobacco-Free

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Eastern Kentucky University is about to become tobacco-free system wide.  Eastern's main campus in Richmond and extended sites in Corbin, Danville, and Manchester will go smoke, chewing and snuff-free next week.

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9:34am

Thu May 29, 2014
Education

Fayette School Board Discusses Fraud Allegations, Passes Budget

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    Allegations of mismanagement, fraud, and waste in the Fayette County School System were a "front and center" issue at Wednesday night's board meeting. 

Budget Director Julane Mullins made the claims this week in an email to board members.  She contends it is a 20 million dollar irregularity.  The board meeting opened with an in-depth presentation by the school district's Financial Services Department Director Rodney Jackson.  He told the board, "there is not 20 million dollars missing and there was never 20 million dollars missing."

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2:51pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Education

State Auditor to Review Fayette Schools Books

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Kentucky's auditor will review mismanagement allegations made regarding the state's second largest school district.  

State Auditor Adam Edelen says his office will conduct a special examination of financial mismanagement allegations within Fayette County Public Schools.  A timeline for completion of the audit has not been set.  

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8:41pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Education

Fayette Schools Superintendent Denies Charges of Fiscal Mismanagement

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    The superintendent of Fayette County Schools is rejecting an allegation of a $20 million irregularity within the system. 

In an email to board members, also provided to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Budget Director Julane Mullins alleges, "suspected violations of law and numerous acts of mismanagement, fraud, waste, and abuse of authority that have resulted in the current state of affairs." 

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9:19pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Education

UK Finance Officer says Stanford Coal Divestment Not Likely to Cause Kentucky Ripples

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    A West Coast school's plan to stop investing in coal could cause a ripple effect among institutions of higher-education.  An official at one Kentucky university says such an approach would be unlikely in the Commonwealth, for more than one reason.

Stanford University announced last week that it will divest its almost 19 billion dollar endowment of all coal mining interests.  The University of Kentucky's Treasurer says it's not the

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10:35pm

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

UK Moves Forward with Public-Private Food Service Partnership

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The University of Kentucky is preparing to enter into a public-private partnership for its student dining services.  It's been an issue debated for more than a year on campus. 

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6:00am

Fri May 9, 2014
Education

Ky. Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After Retirement

Credit James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Michael McCall is the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System—and he's among the highest-paid community college administrators in the U.S.

And he'll still earn six-figures after he retires in January. 

In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting found that KCTCS has agreed to pay McCall $324,321 for a year after he leaves his job.  As president emeritus, he'll be expected to perform duties at the request of the next KCTCS president.

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3:40pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Education

Landscaping Initiative Planned for UK

The University of Kentucky's tree canopy will grow by more than 400 plantings soon.  Additional elm, oak, locust, and tulip trees will be planted over the next year.  UK Vice President for Facilities Management Bob Wiseman says recent construction on the Lexington campus has resulted in the need to replace them.

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6:15pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Education

A Move to Bring Alcohol Back to UK's Campus

UK Student Government President Roshan Palli
Credit kykernel.com

The University of Kentucky plans to relax it’s on- campus alcohol policy for students of legal drinking age.  The specifics of how the alcohol consumption policy will change are still to be worked out.  The announcement came from UK President Eli Capilouto.  He took recommendations from a student health and safety workgroup. 

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5:43pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Education

Former NKU Athletic Director Pleads Guilty to Theft

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Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 311-thousand dollars from the school.  State attorney general Jack Conway says Eaton entered his plea Thursday in Campbell County Circuit Court.  He will serve the maximum term of ten years in prison. 

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12:00pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Education

Student Safety Issues a Priority of UK Student Government President Elect

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The University of Kentucky's incoming student government president expects security issues to get top priority during his term.  Mechanical Engineering student Jacob Ingram, who takes over the top student body post in mid April, says student safety off campus needs to improve.  

"The big concern that I've heard this year throughout my time in student government has been about off campus safety, so how can we extend the safety protection, the feeling of being safe from campus out to where students are living," says Ingram.

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11:02pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Education

Students Bring Concerns About Public-Private Dining Partnership

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    The University of Kentucky's consideration of a public-private partnership for dining services got attention from two fronts during Monday's meeting.

The UK Board of Trustees meeting began with a  student protest.  The protesters asked the board to reject any and all proposals to privatize public dining services at the school.  Their primary concern is with one potential vendor, the Sodexo Group.  The students say Sodexo cited the Affordable Care Act as a reason to cut off full-time benefits for some of its employees at another school.

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10:57pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Education

Despite Cuts in University Operating Funds, EKU Gets Help with Science Building, Sports Facilities

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The just-approved state budget calls for a one and a half percent cut in operating funds for universities, but does include a number of capital projects.  

Lawmakers appropriated 66 million dollars for completion of phase two of Eastern Kentucky University's science building.  EKU President Michael Benson says work could begin in three months, "We literally could break ground on July 1, which we hope to do."  

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7:59am

Fri February 21, 2014
Education

Universities of Kentucky, Louisville Take Funding Case to Lawmakers

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Presidents of Kentucky’s two largest public universities took their case before a House budget review committee in Frankfort Thursday.  The Universities of Kentucky and Louisville both face a two-and-a-half percent cut during the next year as suggested in Governor Beshear’s budget.

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5:47pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Education

Transylvania Names New President

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Transylvania University's new president comes to Kentucky from New England.  The new head of the Lexington school is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Seamus Carey succeeds Owen Williams who came to the liberal arts college in 2010. 

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7:00am

Fri January 31, 2014
Education

Higher Ed Budget Discussion Includes Call for Merging Agencies, Vocal Universities

Science Building on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University
Credit Eastern Kentucky University

A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal.  The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.


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4:08pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Education

Salary Bump for More Than a Hundred E-K-U Workers

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Eastern Kentucky University is setting aside a half million dollars to boost pay for well over a hundred employees.   E-K-U President Michael Benson says the Step-in-Grade Program is being supported by monies freed up by budget reallocations.  Those affected by the move include custodians, laborers, relocation specialists, groundskeepers, and repair technicians.

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