Education

5:52am

Fri May 17, 2013
Education

State Report Shows College Graduations Stagnant

Credit David Perry / Lexington Herald-Leader

 

More than 61,000 students are estimated to receive a degree or credential from one of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities in 2013—slightly fewer than the year before, according to Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education. The CPE released its preliminary degrees report Thursday, you can find it here. Overall, public colleges and universities are expected to award fewer degrees this year than last, while the independent system will increase its awards. When averaged, this represents a less than one percent decrease in total degrees for all of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities.  Read more...

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10:19am

Thu May 16, 2013
Education

New law ramps up technical education

Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday signed House Bill 207 that unites the state’s two Career and Technical Education (CTE) systems under the guidance of Kentucky’s Department of Education. The goal is to create a unified, more relevant and efficient system to educate and prepare students for the world of work in a real-life setting, according to a news release from the governor's office.

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10:18am

Thu May 16, 2013
Education

Campuses confer estimated 61,472 degrees, credentials

Officials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities estimate that they have conferred 61,472 degrees and credentials during the 2012‐13 academic year, with historic levels continuing at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and professional practice doctoral levels. The Preliminary 2012-13 Degrees Report, issued today by the Council on Postsecondary Education, shows declines for research doctorates and in undergraduate and graduate certificates. A slight overall decrease of less than one percent is estimated for total degrees and credentials conferred this year since last year’s historic total.

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2:15pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Education

Adult Education Offers Free GED Testing

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Over the next few weeks, the state is offering free GED testing to eligible Kentucky residents . The GED Testing Service hasn’t updated the high school equivalency exam in nearly a decade. Beginning in January 2014, the new test will be more closely aligned with the common core standards many states have already adopted. The testing fee will also double to $120. Read more...

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12:19pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Education

Bank donates $100K to new college in Casey

With fundraising having begun for the $3.6 million Casey County Education and Community Center in downtown Liberty, a local bank has stepped up in a big way. The board of directors at Casey County Bank presented Mayor Steve Sweeney and Casey County Judge-Executive Ronald Wright with a check for $100,000 on Tuesday at a ceremony at the bank. Construction is expected to start in the fall.  Read more...

6:46am

Wed May 15, 2013
Education

Kentuckians Use In-State Tuition Agreement More Than Hoosiers

More Kentucky students attend Indiana colleges and universities where they can get in-state tuition than the other way around. Kentucky and Indiana officials have announced that they're extending the agreement that allows students to pay in-state tuition at certain colleges and universities across the Ohio River. The extension was approved by the two states' higher education agencies as its expiration date approached this summer. Read more...

2:31pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Education

Horsemen, Engineers work on Safety for Horses, Riders

Ron Rizzo (left), an engineer at Western Kentucky University, and WKU professor Matt Dettman prepare a horse-racing rein to be tested Monday at WKU's Complex for Engineering and Biological Sciences.
Credit Nathan Morgan / The Daily News

A loud snap echoed through a building at Western Kentucky University on Monday as another pair of leather reins finally split in two. Civil engineering professor Matt Dettman helped destroy numerous horse-racing reins as part of a project aimed at finding the weak points of those products. The testing could help set an industry standard for reins to better protect horses and their riders. Representatives of the Jockeys’ Guild, The Jockey Club and the National Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association gathered at WKU to watch a variety of reins being tested in an effort to help refine a standard. ”If they’re going to be instigating a new rein, they want to be comfortable with it,” Dettman said. To his knowledge, WKU is the only university doing this kind of testing, he said.  Read more...

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11:59am

Tue May 14, 2013
Education

Ohio School welcomes Murray President

Murray State President Randy Dunn.
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The chairman of Youngstown State University’s board of trustees says the board wants Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn to start his new job on the Youngstown, Ohio campus as soon as possible. On Friday, the YSU trustees voted 8-0 to authorize the board's chair and vice chair to negotiate and execute an employment contract with Dunn to start as YSU’s next president. In an emailed statement Monday, Dunn said he and his wife, Dr. Ronda Dunn, hoped to get started at YSU in about two months. Read more...

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9:53am

Tue May 14, 2013
Education

Harlan High Principal now District's Superintendent

Beginning his career in education at Harlan Independent Schools 22 years ago, Harlan High School Principal C.D. Morton was chosen as the district’s new superintendent by the Harlan Independent Board of Education at a special called meeting on Monday. After going into executive session per KRS 61.810 (1.f), the board returned with an unanimous decision to appoint Morton to a four-year term as superintendent.  Read more...

3:20pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

Vet Graduations a record breaker at EKU

First Lady Michelle Obama, as she honors veterans programs at EKU.
Credit EKU News

Among the hundreds of men and women who graduated over the weekend from Eastern Kentucky University, there were 90 veterans. That’s an all-time best for EKU’s department of Military and Veterans Affairs.  Director Al Back says many of those vets still want to serve their country.  “And our degree programs are service oriented.  And I think when they come out of the service, that’s what they are looking for.  I think that’s why Eastern has the large student population whether it be in police studies, criminal justice, homeland security or the fire science program, emergency medical science, nursing, and teaching.  They’re still wanting to serve their communities after they leave the service,” said Back.

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10:33am

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

Youngstown State offers Presidency to Dunn

MuSU President Randy Dunn.
Credit WKMS News

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday to offer the position of president to Murray State University President Dr. Randy J. Dunn. The appointment is not final until contract terms can be reached. Dunn would replace Cynthia E. Anderson, who is retiring June 30 after three years as president and 34 years with the university.

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10:16am

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

State, Clark County School Board discuss Facilities

A complex Clark County Public Schools facilities plan that calls for closing several outmoded schools and moving students to new locations continues to generate controversy six years after the school board approved it. Things came to a head last month, when a new majority on the Clark County Board of Education voted not to spend money to reconfigure two schools, a step intended to prepare for implementation of the facilities plan in the fall. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has called Clark school board representatives to meet with state education officials in Frankfort on Wednesday to talk about the impasse.

10:08am

Mon May 13, 2013
Education

Bus Safety Improved after Carrollton Bus Crash

Hardin County Schools transportation director John Skaggs points out the side door and push out windows for emergency exits now required on all school buses.
Credit Neal Cardin / The News-Enterprise

Twenty-five years ago, 15-year-old Quinton Higgins spent about a month in Kosair Children’s Hospital after suffering lung damage and second- and third-degree burns in the fiery Carrolton bus crash. Today, Higgins drives a Hardin County Schools bus. The differences between the bus he drives every school day and the repurposed 1977 Ford B-700 school bus he was in that night in 1988 are like “night and day,” Higgins said.

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8:12pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Education

First Lady Urges Grads to Serve Community

First Lady Michelle Obama on the big screen during EKU Commencement exercises.

Many college graduates across Kentucky may be set on finding just the right job.  But,  they were reminded over the weekend of other priorities.  During commencement exercises Saturday evening at Eastern Kentucky University, First Lady Michelle Obama reminded graduates that providing ‘service’ to the community should be a priority after college.

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11:57am

Sun May 12, 2013
Education

Michelle Obama speaks at EKU's graduation

First Lady Michelle Obama applauds graduates at Eastern Kentucky University.
Credit EKU News Service

RICHMOND — First lady Michelle Obama chose to speak at Eastern Kentucky University's graduation Saturday because of its often-celebrated work with veterans, and in her speech she urged graduates to take the values they learned here out into the world.

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6:35pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Education

Obama Visit Complicates EKU Commencement

Sign outside EKU bookstore in Richmond, KY.
Credit Charles Compton / WEKU News

Long lines are likely at Eastern Kentucky University tomorrow evening during a visit by America’s First Lady.  Michelle Obama addresses some 600 Eastern Kentucky University graduates, families and friends. "You’ll not be able to bring bottled water, an umbrella, items like pocket knives as those items will have to be disposed of as you’re coming into the building,” said EKU spokesman Marc Whitt.

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3:14pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Education

EKU's New President Endorses Cost Cutting Plans

Cost cutting plans at Eastern Kentucky University were endorsed today by the school’s next president.   Doctor Michael Benson, who takes over as president this August, agreed to disassemble Continuing Education and Outreach at EKU, eliminating its top two officials. The school will also review its regional campus program, close its center at Fort Knox and re-purpose its campus in Lancaster. 

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2:13pm

Thu May 9, 2013
Education

Western Proposes Budget Cuts

Keeping his word to avoid across-the-board cuts to meet a projected $2,139,000 revenue shortfall, Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell on Wednesday announced a three-pronged strategy developed by the WKU Administrative Cabinet to a balanced budget.  No job cuts are mentioned, but financial help on employees’ cellphone expenses was chopped as the cabinet reached into pockets and pocketbooks.  The biggest slice is a 5 percent cut of university financial subsidy for the WKU Athletic Department over the next five years.

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5:14pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Education

UK Task Force to Examine Alcohol Policy

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto appointed a task force Tuesday to examine longtime rules that strictly limit alcohol on campus. The 15-member group, which includes a mix of university officials and community representatives, is called the Work Group on Student Health and Safety. It will look at factors leading to alcohol misuse by students, current alcohol policies, and best practices to prevent alcohol abuse, as well as other health and safety issues.

2:06pm

Tue May 7, 2013
Education

EKU Presidential Pricetag Climbs 62%

Michael Benson takes over as EKU president in August.

The price for a president is going up at Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU’s new President will earn two-thirds more than its outgoing CEO.

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9:12am

Tue May 7, 2013
Education

Gatton Academy Ranked Best High School in the U.S.

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Newsweek and The Daily Beast have again set out to find the best high school in the United States, based on which schools are doing the best job preparing students for college. And they've decided that the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Ky., is that school. The Gatton Academy was also named the top school last year in Newsweek/The Daily Beast's ranking.

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3:59pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Education

Kentucky Education Department Resumes ACT Testing With Pencil and Paper

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The company contracted to provide standardized end-of-course exams in Kentucky has suspended online testing this week. The Kentucky Department of Education halted the state’s ACT End-of-Course Exam last week after nearly 25 school districts experienced problems connecting to the test online. ACT officials initially told the department they had fixed the glitch, but later said more technical issues would prevent testing from resuming.

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2:42pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Education

ACT Testing Will Resume Next Week

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Kentucky Department of Education officials say problems with the company contracted to administer one of the state’s standardized tests online have been fixed and testing will resume on Monday. This week several states experienced problems with three separate companies contracted to administer standardized tests.

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1:11pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Education

Kentucky Halts Standardized Tests Because of Computer Glitches

States like Indiana and Kentucky are moving standardized testing online.
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Kentucky has become the most recent state to see problems with the company that administers online  exams in public schools and officials say the problem is of concern as more states move to online testing. Since the beginning of this week, 25 Kentucky school districts have experienced slow or dropped  connections to the online system, making it impossible to complete the ACT End of Course Exam.

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2:39pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Education

Multiple Misdeeds Alleged at EKU Center for the Arts

Debra Hoskins was executive director of EKU Center for the Arts when it opened in September 2011. By January 2012, university employees took over business operations because of irregularities.
Credit Lexington Herald Leader

The administration of Eastern Kentucky University attempted to fire EKU Center for the Arts director Debra Hoskins on June 12 because of allegations including fiscal misconduct and falsification of university records and documents. Violation of human-resources policies, improper handling of customers' credit card information, and the misleading of university officials were also alleged. The university's issues with Hoskins while she led the $33 million publicly financed arts center are described in 740 pages of documents obtained late Wednesday afternoon under the Kentucky Open Records law.

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11:22am

Wed May 1, 2013
Education

EKU Tuition, Fees Upped, No Pay Raise

A small tuition increase and no raises were approved yesterday by regents at Eastern Kentucky University.     Tuition at the Richmond-based school will go up almost three-percent.  That’s a fraction on the tuition increases seen in previous years, but within limits recently set by the state Council on Postsecondary Education.

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12:20pm

Sun April 28, 2013
Education

UK Weighs Renovation Against Demolition

In the early stages of developing the University of Kentucky's master plan, hired consultants Sasaki and Associates took a deeper look at some of UK's oldest buildings, putting an emphasis on renovation over demolition. Bob Wiseman, UK's vice president for facilities, said preservation of old buildings is part of the "give and take that will go on for many years."

11:09am

Fri April 26, 2013
Education

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Kentucky High Schools

A Louisville high school ranks as the best in Kentucky, according to the 2013 best high school rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News joined with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. to evaluate schools on student performance on state-mandated assessment tests, according to the publication's website. In all, data from more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia was evaluated.

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10:12am

Fri April 19, 2013
Education

Tuition Increases Capped at 3 Percent for Kentucky Colleges

The Council on Postsecondary Education will limit tuition increases at state schools to 3 percent next fall, the smallest uptick in 15 years. The decision was made to help families struggling to pay for college, officials said, but they acknowledged the move will create a nearly $30 million shortfall for schools still reeling from state cutbacks over the past few years.

3:22pm

Wed April 17, 2013
Education

Career Craze Camps

Hundreds of Kentucky young people could get a feel for jobs well established in their communities.  It’s the first ‘Career Craze’ event offered by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  32 hands on camps will be held at 16 K-C-T-C-S colleges across the state.   Chancellor Jay Box says participants will be introduced to ‘potential careers.’  “It’s an opportunity to expose young students to careers in business and industry and entirely focusing on the five major sectors of employment here in Kentucky,” said Box.

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