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Education
8:50 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

UofL President James Ramsey Gets Boost in Pay, Will Make More Than $1M This Year

University of Louisville President James Ramsey at a trustees committee meeting in early July.
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University of Louisville President James Ramsey will get a significant increase in pay this year, coming in the form of a bonus that boosts his annual compensation to about $1.2 million.

At an annual retreat this week, the University's Board of Trustees recommended Ramsey receive a  performance bonus, as well as a two percent raise. 

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Education
7:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Kentucky Colleges Award More Degrees This Year Than Ever Before, State Says

The University of Louisville
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Kentucky’s colleges and universities awarded more degrees than ever before in the 2013-14 academic year, according to a report by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

More than 63,000 degrees and credentials were awarded during the 2013-14 school year—1.2 percent more than last year, but 60 percent more than a decade ago.

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Local News
7:29 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Charts: Kentucky State Funding to Colleges Since 1999

The clocktower at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
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Earlier this month, we presented a chart showing tuition increases at Kentucky state colleges since 1980. It led to a good deal of attention because, well, tuition had increased substantially since the Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. Administration.

Some wondered also about  the state legislature's funding provided to state universities and colleges. Here's what that looks  from 1999 to the current academic year:

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Local News
12:48 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Kentucky State University's President Is Retiring

Mary Evans Sias
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Mary Evans Sias will retire this summer as president of Kentucky State University.

Sias, a Jackson, Mississippi, native, has led the historically black university for 10 years.

In a statement, Sias said:  “While there is always more that could be done, now seems like the right time to step aside and let the next person provide the momentum to continue to move the needle forward for KSU.”

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Education
6:50 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Chart: Kentucky Colleges' Tuition Increases Since the Mid-1980s

The Thinker statue on the University of Louisville campus.
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The University of Louisville is the latest state school to increase tuition—as my colleague Jake Ryan reported Thursday, UofL students will pay 5 percent more in 2014-15. 

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Education
1:16 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Kentucky's Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After He Retires

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  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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Education
7:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Louisville Area College Grads Encouraged to 'Pass the Cap'

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Louisville education leaders are asking this spring’s college graduates to participate in an initiative aimed at encouraging others who may be on the path to graduation to stick with it.

It’s called Pass the Cap and asks  those who graduate this May to do just that—pass their graduation cap on to someone else.

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Education
7:12 am
Sat April 26, 2014

The University of Louisville Has a New Dean of Its Arts and Sciences College

Kimberly Kempf-Leonard will be the new dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kempf-Leonard  has been dean of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s College of Liberal Arts since 2011.  She previously worked at University of Texas at Dallas, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Kent State University.

She has a doctorate in social systems sciences: criminology and criminal law from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The University of Louisville Has 25,000 Rodents on Its Health Sciences Campus. (For Research.)

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The University of Louisville's health sciences campus has thousands of rats and mice—and officials are not only OK with it, but they're planning to soon get the rodents new homes through an allotment from the Kentucky General Assembly.

That's because medical breakthroughs that have come from the University of Louisville were due, in large part, to those rats and mice.

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Education
7:40 am
Sun April 13, 2014

UofL, JCTC Want People Who've Done the Coursework to Get Their Associates Degrees

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The University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College want to add to the city's 55,000 Degrees initiative by granting associates degrees to transfer students who've already done the coursework but never got around to applying for the two-year degree.

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