Education

12:32pm

Wed September 12, 2012

12:00am

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Teach for America's Entry Prompts Teacher Quality Discussion

INEZ, Ky. – A year ago, Teach for America entered Appalachia, placing 22 teachers in eight Eastern Kentucky school districts. This fall, TFA has 36 teachers in 20 schools in 11 districts.  These numbers are a still just a tiny percentage of the more than 43,000 teachers in Kentucky, but their arrival has sparked a conversation in the region and the state about teacher quality.

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12:00am

Wed September 12, 2012
Education

Kentucky Education Association Welcomes Teach for America

FRANKFORT, Ky. – “Smart, beautiful, talented, courageous.”Who used these words to describe Teach for America teachers? Most education experts would not guess a teachers’ union president. But it was Sharron Oxendine, president of the Kentucky Education Association – which views TFA very differently than does KEA’s parent, the National Education Association.

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1:42pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

Holliday Says Classroom Instruction Must Improve

State education commissioner Terry Holliday.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is concerned about the quality of classroom instruction, especially in Appalachian Kentucky, and he’s ready to shake things up, challenging teachers’ colleges and local education leaders.

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1:21pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Education

Teach for America Comes to Appalachia and Kentucky

Principal at Lynn Camp

When schools reopened last month, some in Eastern Kentucky began the second year of a grand education experiment that has been going on in underprivileged school districts across the nation for 20 years but which came to Appalachia only a year ago. Teach for America recruits talented college seniors from highly ranked universities, gives them their first training as teachers, and makes them available to schools that are willing to hire them. This year it has 36 teachers in 20 schools in 11 Eastern Kentucky districts.      

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12:36pm

Tue September 11, 2012

12:00am

Mon September 10, 2012
Education

Groups to Teach Students Ahead of VP Debate

As Centre College prepares to host next month's vice presidential debate, several groups want to prepare Kentucky students for the event. The Secretary of State and the non-profit Kentucky Youth Advocates have partnered with students from Bellarmine University to create lesson plans for Kentucky teachers. The lessons focus on basic civics and include information on political debates.

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2:44pm

Sun September 9, 2012

1:24pm

Tue August 28, 2012
Education

Beshear Overhauls Career and Technical Education System

LEXINGTON – In a move to help produce the skilled workforce businesses require today and in the future, Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday signed an executive order that will overhaul the state’s career and technical education system. The order unites the state’s two career and technical education - or 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 Beshear's office.

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12:00am

Tue August 28, 2012
Education

New 'Creative Thinking' Minor at EKU

Increasingly, college students are being asked to search ‘outside the box’ for solutions in both the business and social world.  A new course of study at Eastern Kentucky University is designed to help them in that search.  Beginning this semester, students at EKU can pursue a ‘minor’ in ‘Applied Creative Thinking’.   Some 19 students are taking a class tied to the new minor.   Rusty Carpenter, who directs the program, says businesses leaders are constantly on the look-out for people who can solve problems.

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1:23pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Education

New Prez takes over Berea College

It’s the start of a brand new college career this week for many students at Berea College.  It’s also the first semester for the school’s president.  Lyle Roelofs begins this fall term as the ninth president of the private college.  He takes over for Larry Shinn who retired after leading the school for 18 years.  For several years, enrollment at Berea College has been steady at about 16-hundred students, with about three quarters of them coming from Appalachia.  Over the next decade, Roelofs would like to see those enrollment numbers grow by at least ten percent.

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1:53pm

Wed August 22, 2012
Education

Another Record-Breaker for UPike

Students make their way to their classes for their first day of the fall semester at the University of Pikeville on Monday. According to Gary Justice, director of admissions, there are 1,246 full-time students enrolled this semester.
Elizabeth Thompson Appalachian News-Express

The University of Pikeville has begun the new school year with record-breaking enrollment numbers. According to Gary Justice, director of admissions, there are 1,246 full-time students enrolled for this semester. Justice said UPike will also have a record number of around 400 students participating in the dual credit program at the university. The program allows students that are enrolled in high school to earn high school credits as well as college credits.

6:00am

Thu August 16, 2012
Education

Green Dorm Construction Booms

College students in much of Kentucky move into dorms later this week.  Many will be greeted by the sounds of construction.  Residence halls are under construction at the University of Kentucky, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University. And those new buildings will be some of “greenest” ever built in the Commonwealth.

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1:33pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Education

Doug Whitlock to Retire as EKU President

Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock began today’s annual back-to-school convocation by announcing this would be his last year as president.  When Doug Whitlock retires next July, it will mark the end of more than 40 years of service to E-K-U.  In 2007, Whitlock came out of retirement to serve as president.  The 69 year old Whitlock wants to spend more time with his granddaughters.  Plus, by retiring next summer, it will give his successor time to gear up for a legislative session

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9:31am

Wed August 15, 2012
Education

EKU President Announces Retirement

EKU President Doug Whitlock announces retirement during campus-wide convocation.
Marc Whitt EKU

During a meeting this morning of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University, President Doug Whitlock announced his retirement.  Whitlock, who's spent his higher education career at EKU, says his administration will end at the conclusion of this academic year.

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6:29am

Wed August 15, 2012
Education

A New Vet Program in Owensboro

The Owensboro Community and Technical College is now home to a new Veterinary Technology degree program.  Governor Beshear says “With a strong economic foundation in agriculture, western Kentucky needs qualified veterinary professionals, and I’m pleased the college is taking the lead in providing quality education for those seeking a degree in the veterinary field.”  The Owensboro school will be the first community college in the state to offer an accredited veterinary technology program.

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3:25pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Education

Distillers Fund Alcohol Awareness Programs

Alcohol awareness programs at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will continue to receive financial support  from two Kentucky distilleries.  Jim Beam and Brown-Forman are giving a combined $600,000 to the schools to bolster efforts to combat underage and binge drinking across the Commonwealth.

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12:49pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Education

President Hanly Funderburk's Impact at EKU

The eighth president of Eastern Kentucky University died over the weekend.  Doctor Hanly Funderburk passed away in his native state of Alabama.    Funderbunk is remembered for improving access to higher education, library services, and technology.  He served 14 years at the helm of Eastern Kentucky University.  E-K-U President Doug Whitlock considered Funderburk a mentor, who helped the Richmond-based university grow, despite tight finances.

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2:51pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Education

UK Employee Suspected in Bank Robberies

Crystal R. Little
Lexington Herald Leader

Police arrested Crystal R. Little, 29, shortly after a bank robbery in Lexington on Saturday morning and charged her in connection with that robbery and three others dating to 2010. Little, charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and two counts of second- degree robbery, was being held in the Fayette County jail.

1:59pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Education

On-Campus Move Against Chick-Fil-A Grows

The Family Foundation of Kentucky is criticizing members of the University of Louisville administration for their response to a controversy surrounding Chick-Fil-A. For weeks, criticism has been leveled at Chick-Fil-A because it’s CEO, Dan Cathy, said recently he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Cathy and his company are well-known for their Christian beliefs. Notably, Chick-Fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays.

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6:29am

Wed July 25, 2012
Education

Guilty Plea by a Former Breathitt School Official

A former Kentucky school administrator has entered a guilty plea for his role in a vote buying scheme.  The plea came from former Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Arch Turner.  The charges against Turner were the result of a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI.  The 66 year old Turner pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to buy votes and admitted that during the spring of 2010 he provided money to individuals to buy votes for candidates.

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5:04pm

Tue July 24, 2012
Education

New Alternative Ed Teaching Techniques

Teachers from across the state are at Eastern Kentucky University this week to learn new teaching methods for at-risk kids. One of the participants is Brad Winkler, the Director of the Bellevue Education Center. It’s an alternative learning center in Richmond. The center is funded through the state, and Brad is here to find out what’s new in the field of alternative education.

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5:18pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Education

Learning from Penn State

EKU President Doug Whitlock Eastern Kentucky University

Educators across Kentucky were listening as the NCAA announced sanctions against Penn State.  The school must pay a $60-million fine, it’s banned from bowl play and every football win since 1998 was vacated.  Eastern Kentucky University president Doug Whitlock says the NCAA sent a message to every athletic department in America.

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1:54pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Education

Task Force to Study Teacher Retention

A task force created by the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence will meet at the end of this week to begin a year-and-a-half effort to address how to retain an effective teaching workforce in Kentucky. The Pritchard Committee Team on Teacher Effectiveness will include nearly 30 members made up of legislators, education professionals and other advisors.

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3:02pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Education

Law School Makes $2.4 Million Mistake

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law needs to plug a $2.4 million hole after officials gave too much scholarship money to first year incoming students. Several students were reportedly granted a scholarship they either shouldn’t have been, or the amount the school offered was way too high. It’s unclear at this time why students were given extra  funds, but U of L officials say an internal investigation is looking into the issue.

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2:00pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Education

Rare Mountain Tornado Sparks Research

BOWLING GREEN – For the five-week June 2012 summer session, Dr. Josh Durkee designed an undergraduate research seminar for meteorology students at Western Kentucky University. “One of the most important aspects of being an atmospheric scientist is to strive to discover a new understanding of weather and climate events, and to disseminate these findings so that others can have a new perspective or awareness of such events,” Durkee, assistant professor of meteorology in WKU's Department of Geography and Geology, said in WKU news release. “My aim for the development of this Meteorology Summer Research Seminar was to teach, mentor and offer meteorology students a hands-on, realistic inquiry-based research experience similar to what professional scientists do.”

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1:54pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Education

Centre's Tech Team Tested by VEEP Debate

Centre's veteran technical crew of Shane Wilson, Dave Frey and Art Moore face new challenges in preparing for this fall's vice presidential debate.
David Brock The Advocate-Messenger

A group of battle-tested techies at Centre College will play a vital — albeit a largely invisible — role in the success of 2012 vice presidential debate. Art Moore and his team are responsible for building from scratch the pathways through which billions of pieces of data will course before, during and after the Oct. 11 event.

10:40am

Wed July 11, 2012
Education

UK Students Have Plenty of Housing Options

Hayley Myers has lived for the past six months at 5 Twenty Four Angliana, a large housing complex on Angliana Avenue targeted at University of Kentucky students. On Tuesday, as temperatures approached 90 degrees, Myers and a couple of friends were in their bikinis lounging beside the swimming pool, one of many amenities Myers enjoys by living off campus. The 740-bed complex, which backs up to The Red Mile racetrack, has a fitness facility, stand-up tanning beds, movie theater, pool table and ping-pong tables.

2:29pm

Tue July 10, 2012
Education

College Grad Gap Widens for Poor Kentuckians

More Kentuckians are getting college degrees, but a troubling trend has emerged in who receives them. According to a new report, the gap between graduation rates for low-income college students and moderate- to high-income students jumped 8 percentage points between 2008 and 2010. In those two years, the graduation rate of low-income Kentucky students fell from 46 percent to 35 percent, according to an annual accountability report from the Council on Postsecondary Education. In comparison, the graduation rate of moderate- to high-income students dropped four percentage points, from 57 percent to 53 percent.

7:20am

Tue July 10, 2012
Education

Council on Postsecondary Education Accountability Report

The 2010-2011 accountability report by the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education shows gains in degrees and credentials conferred.  The improvements were seen particularly at the undergraduate level.  The report measures 31 performance targets in college readiness, student success, research, economic and community development, and efficiency and innovation.

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