Education

10:05am

Tue July 26, 2011
Education

EKU and Somerset Rank as Top Workplaces

Eastern Kentucky University and Somerset Community College have made the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual list of great places to work in academia. The list was compiled by anonymous surveys of workers at 310 institutions and included evaluations of features including leadership, careers and compensation. The Chronicle survey identified 111 colleges and universities across the country as superior workplaces. While EKU and Somerset were the only Kentucky schools to make that list, Hazard Community College, Murray State University and Transylvania University were recognized in individual categories.

9:44am

Mon July 25, 2011
Education

KSU President gets Glowing Review, Raise

Kentucky State University President Mary Sias got a glowing annual review and a raise at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Regents. Chairwoman Laura Douglas said the regents were impressed in particular with Sias’ participation on national boards and committees, her handling of the budget and students’ academic achievements.

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2:23pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Education

AdvanceKentucky Focuses on AP Students

With the students in the U.S. falling behind in math and science, teachers are hoping to learn new ways to rekindle interest in the subjects, and nearly 1000 teachers have gathered in Lexington over the past few weeks to do just that.  The National Assessment of Educational Programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. Likewise, math and science teachers are becoming harder and harder to come by. For the past couple weeks, a program called Laying the Foundation has been training teachers, mostly from Kentucky, to better prepare students for the rigors of Advanced Placement courses.

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10:06am

Thu July 21, 2011
Education

New Tests Introduced to High Schools

This coming school year, for the first time, the Kentucky Department of Education will require public high school students to take end-of-course tests in certain basic courses, measuring what they've learned. The tests will be required for students taking English II, Algebra II, biology and U.S. history. The national ACT testing organization will provide the exams. Test scores will be figured into Kentucky's accountability system, which measures schools' progress in moving students toward proficiency.

3:45pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Centre Eyes Stockyards for Athletic Fields

The concrete stairs and weighing station are all that remain in one area of the Boyle County Stockyards. Farmers Tobacco Warehouse is in the background.
Clay Jackson The Advocate-Messenger

As area building projects have ground to a halt over the last few years, Danville's Centre College has only seemed to pick up the pace of property acquisition and new development. Most recently, the college purchased the Hope Street properties long occupied by Boyle County Stockyards, which has already been razed, and Farmers Tobacco Warehouse Number 1, still in the demolition process.

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3:06pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Innovation Park Construction Begins at UofL

Mayor Greg Fischer and University of Louisville President James Ramsey celebrated on Wednesday the beginning of construction for a new building in the Nucleus Innovation Park. “We’ve got a new research park here. It’s going to be a hot spot of collaboration and innovation and of course a spot where many, many jobs are going to be created,” said Fischer.

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1:32pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Student Volunteers in Africa

Josette Taylor of Springfield worked with children in Africa as she spent a month there this summer.
Springfield Sun

Josette Taylor learned a lot in her first year at the University of Louisville, but it doesn’t begin to compare with what she learned during her summer break. Taylor, a 2010 graduate of Washington County High School, traveled this summer with International Student Volunteers and spent a month in South Africa.

10:05am

Wed July 20, 2011
Education

Default Rate on Student Loans Down

The data on default rates of student loans doesn't look favorable for Maysville Community and Technical College. But Dr. Ed Story, president of MCTC cautions the data isn't official yet and Kentucky Community and Technical College staff are working with the U.S. Department of Education to verify the official default rate for MCTC. "Even if it's close to that, we're not very happy with it," said Story of a recent news article that indicates MCTC has a 29 percent three-year default rate on student loans.

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2:10pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Education

Ideas, Not Money, Keeps Kids in Class

Over 300 participants gathered at EKU for the "Alternative Strategies for Educating Students at Risk" Conference.
Charles Compton WEKU News

More money is needed, but, Kentucky’s First Lady says at-risk students also need creativity.  Jane Beshear, who was in Richmond today for a conference on at-risk students, says teachers need to think outside the box. Beshear called on educators to be more creative. 

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9:40am

Mon July 18, 2011
Education

UK Spends $285,000 to Set Goals

Eli Capilouto shown in a Herald-Leader interview at the UK HealthCare retreat at Keeneland race track on Monday, June 13 in Lexington.
David Perry Lexington Herald-Leader

With a new president at the helm, the University of Kentucky will pay a Chicago-based consulting firm $285,000 to re-examine the school's long-term goals — set during rosier financial times — and suggest efficiencies. Results from the study conducted by Huron Consulting Group will be considered during a UK Board of Trustees retreat with new president Eli Capilouto in October.

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9:53am

Fri July 15, 2011
Education

$143,828 Spent on UK President's Office

Some University of Kentucky professors are questioning whether former President Lee T. Todd Jr. needs a campus office that will cost as much as the median price of a house sold in Central Kentucky. Renovations for Todd's office in UK's Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center Building will cost $143,828. The median sale price for a house in Central Kentucky was $145,000 in June.

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9:14am

Fri July 15, 2011
Education

Academy for Troubled Kids set in Harlan

The Appalachian Youth Challenge Academy will open in July 2012 in Harlan at a former elementary school. The program will take volunteers between 16 and 18 years of age. Youth Challenge targets at-risk teens and teaches them life skills and physical fitness - all in a 22-week program in a military-like atmosphere.

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8:35am

Thu July 14, 2011
Education

UofL President Recommended for Raise

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has recommended a raise and bonus for President James Ramsey. For the past three years Ramsey has declined his bonus because the university was unable to provide staff with raises. This year, faculty and administrators will receive raises between zero and five percent based on merit.

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6:30am

Wed July 13, 2011
Education

Peer Pressure Powers Juvenile Cybercrime

Like most juvenile crimes, cybercrimes are often the result of peer pressure.  An article in this week’s American Journal of Criminal Justice concludes kids who commit cybercrimes usually have friends who also commit cybercrimes.  Researchers surveyed 435 students in a suburban Kentucky school district. Helping with the study was Doctor David May, a professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University.  May, who spoke with WEKU’s Charles Compton, says they studied four forms of internet crime.

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3:57pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Education

Early Childhood Race to the Top

A newly formed Early Childhood Advisory Council will help Kentucky create policies, standards, and goals which should improve the education given pre school children.

26 people have been named to a state council charged with seeking ways to improve early childhood education.  They were named today (Tuesday) in an executive order issued by Kentucky's governor.  Former C-E-O of United Way of Kentucky Terry Sims Tolan will direct the brand new Early Childhood Advisory Council.  Tolan says consistency of care is the highest priority.

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2:58pm

Tue July 12, 2011
Education

Kentucky Resumes "Race to the Top"

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has taken steps to apply for federal education grants from the Race to the Top program. The commonwealth is eligible for a portion of the $500 million that will be made available later this year. Like the previous round of Race to the Top grants, states must put together lengthy applications for the money.

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1:41pm

Mon July 11, 2011
Education

UK, Army Engineers Team Up

The Kentucky Transportation Center and the Army Corps of Engineers are joining forces to make sure Kentucky's waterways are being used to their full potential. While the collaboration isn't unique, it does represent a new approach to tackling old problems. Long before highways, Kentucky's rivers served as vital means of transportation. Today, Joe Crabtree, director of the Kentucky Transportation Center, says, when it comes to shipping freight, water still has its advantages. 

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10:02am

Mon July 11, 2011
Education

Kentucky School Rank Improves

Kentucky's national education ranking has risen more dramatically than virtually any other state since 1990. That's according to the Index of Educational Progress prepared by researchers at University of Kentucky. The index combines multiple educational attainment and achievement factors. Kentucky climbed from 48th in 1990 to 33rd in 2009. Only one other state (North Carolina) advanced out of the bottom 10 with double-digit gains.

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5:07pm

Fri July 8, 2011
Education

A Shuttle Day at UK

UK senior Jason Rexroat with an explanation of the mission control simulator at the Lexington school.
Stu Johnson WEKU

On a day that marks the end of an era for the U-S Space program, students, staff, and interested onlookers at the University of Kentucky gathered to watch the launch.   They were in a room designed to give them a feel for what’s happening at NASA. Just minutes before the final launch of the space shuttle in Florida, everyone jammed inside a simulator modeled after mission control in Houston. Senior Jason Rexroat offered some insight to prospective students, while other eyes focused on the simulator's television monitors and live coverage of a real space flight

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6:24am

Fri July 8, 2011
Education

New JCPS Supt. in Town

The new superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools is in Louisville for the first time since she was hired for the post last month.

Dr. Donna Hargens will be in town through Tuesday.

She’s meeting with school board members and district officials, including interim Superintendent Dr. Freda Merriweather. She also made a stop at Churchill Park School.

Hargens will take over as superintendent on August 1st.

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3:51pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

New UK Head Meets Rank and File

The new leader of the state's flagship university says he wants to meet with as many people, in as many departments, as quickly as possible. As Alan Lytle reports, the school's administration is doing its best to make that happen. New University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto continues to make the rounds getting to know the school's students, faculty, and staff.

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1:47pm

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

EKU's Odds for Presidential Debate Improves

Several federal and state elected officials have joined together to support Eastern Kentucky University’s bid to host a debate during next year’s presidential campaign. A package sent by university officials to the Commission on Presidential Debates includes strong letters of support from Democratic and Republican leaders, namely U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, state Sen. President David Williams and state House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

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10:11am

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

Transy Professor Receives Grant for Research

Christopher Begley, left, is an associate professor of anthropology at Transylvania University. He and Eli Crane, an engineer, examined petroglyphs in Honduras, including those on the rock above.
Lexington Herald-Leader

A Lexington archaeologist has received a grant from the National Geographic Society to advance his search for a "lost city" in Honduras. Christopher Begley, an associate professor of anthropology at Transylvania University and director of the Exploration Foundation, will use the research grant and 3-D technology to examine ancient artifacts in the Honduran rainforest, near the Mosquito Coast. The area is the rumored location of a lost city from ancient times.

5:04am

Tue July 5, 2011
Education

Schools Explain New Testing

Frankfort area school officials may host forums this fall to explain the state’s new testing system to the public. Members of the Franklin County and Frankfort Independent school boards discussed that possibility Friday during a joint meeting to discuss possible collaboration and attend training on the new system.

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3:34pm

Sun July 3, 2011
Education

Lee Todd on Academics and Athletics

Lee Todd at his desk after turning off his computer for the last time as president
Stu Johnson

A new era begins this week at the University of Kentucky.  President Lee Todd, who served as UK president for a decade, has cleaned out his office and went into retirement.

Lee Todd brought his engineering background to the office of president at UK.  Throughout his tenure Todd urged college researchers to branch out into the private sector and involve themselves in start-up firms.  Todd also argued a key ingredient to such economic growth is graduating students with more proficiency in math and science.  Todd says progress depends on training better math and science teachers who have with better classroom skills.

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5:41am

Fri July 1, 2011
Education

Beshear "Greatest Education Governor"

The National Education Association honored Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Thursday with this year’s America’s Greatest Education Governor Award. The annual award is given to governors who have made statewide efforts to improve public education and leaving education out of budget cuts.

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1:37pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Education

Working to Improve Educational Standards

A group of nearly 50 from educational associations, school districts and legislators both state and federal met Monday at Shelbyville's Collins High School to begin the discussion of the relationship of the future of education in Kentucky with federal standards. The Kentucky Leads The Nation group, started by the Shelbyville-based Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, is trying to get out in front of the reform and reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind.

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10:14am

Wed June 29, 2011
Education

Former UK President Becomes Professor

When he steps down from his post Thursday, University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. will join UK's engineering faculty as a tenured professor with a salary of about $162,000 a year. But first, Todd will take a yearlong unpaid leave of absence. Instead of a salary, he will receive the retention bonus guaranteed in his contract for staying 10 years. It's worth $511,000, his base salary during his last year of work.

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12:49pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Education

Educators Support State Guidelines

For the past decade, local schools have been judged based on federal requirements that some say are unfair and ineffective. Now, Gov. Steve Beshear has requested a waiver from those requirements under No Child Left Behind. His proposal would allow Kentucky schools to be tested under the state’s new system instead of the current federal system. It’s a move that local educators applaud.

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12:37pm

Sun June 26, 2011
Education

Exit Interview for UK's Todd

Lee T. Todd Jr. steps down next week after a decade as president of the University of Kentucky — a decade of big ambitions, tough challenges, notable accomplishments, a few controversies and much left unfinished.
The Hopkins County native had been a UK engineering professor, then he spent 17 years as a technology entrepreneur. After selling a couple of companies he had started, Todd returned in July 2001 to become UK's 11th president.

 

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