higher education

7:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Budget Preserves K-12 Education, 5% Cuts For Most Agencies

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FRANKFORT—Making good on his pledge to reinvest in K-12 education, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's biennial budget would restore public education funding to 2008 levels, with a pledge of $189 million in a budget greater than $20 billion.

But Beshear said his budget was was made possible in large part by a 5 percent cut across many state agencies. 

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4:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Kentucky's Higher Education Leadership Wants Money, Official 'Less Confident' It Will Be Received

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Kentucky state university presidents have signed a letter requesting more money for higher education, but one leading official is "less confident" it will receive attention this budget session.

The letter, sent to state legislators, was signed by all eight state university presidents and the community and technical college system president.

(Read the letter here)

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6:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky CPE Developing Plan To Award Universities Money Based On Performance

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Kentucky’s public universities could receive money based on their performance under a new initiative being developed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. 

Under the proposal, universities that award more degrees and graduate more minority or low-income students could be eligible to receive more money from the agency, said Council President Bob King noting that the initiative is not yet finalized.

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6:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

EKU's Doug Whitlock Retires

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A man with more than four decades of service to Eastern Kentucky University steps retires today.

President Doug Whitlock concludes almost six years at the helm of the public university. Whitlock’s long history with EKU began as a student worker, helping with the university’s public relations. His first full-time position came in 1968, when he took over as director of publications. Whitlock remembers studying the management styles of other EKU presidents—educators like Bob Martin, J.C. Powell, and Hanly Funderburk.

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5:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

University of Kentucky Targets High School Students With Online Chemistry Classes

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An online education provider is expanding its partnerships with more universities and schools around the U.S., including the University of Kentucky. 

Coursera is known for offering what's being called Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. It has previously only partnered with a handful of established universities and schools. The courses are often accessible to anyone around the world for free, but only until recently were some courses allowed to be offered for college credit.

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6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

More Kentucky Students File for Financial Aid—Most Won't Get It

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Officials with the state agency overseeing state financial aid say funds ran out earlier than ever before and most Kentucky students who are eligible for the aid programs will not receive funding this year.

There was a 20 percent increase in financial aid submissions this year during the application period between January and the end of March, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. But more than 80,000 students needing far more than $130 million will get nothing from the state this year.

This equates to around two-thirds of applicants.

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5:16 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Kentucky Releases Preliminary Report on College Degrees, Showing Stagnant Results

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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.

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11:23 am
Wed May 15, 2013

In-State Tuition Agreement Means More Cash, Students for Indiana Colleges

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Following up with yesterday's story on the reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Kentucky, the Council on Postsecondary Education has provided estimated gross tuition comparisons for how the two states fare in the agreement.

A reciprocity agreement allows students living closer to an out-of-state institution a chance to attend that school for the in-state student cost. Colleges and universities can choose whether to participate in Kentucky.

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1:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

University Bonding Projects on Fast Track to Pass House This Week

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FRANKFORT — A bill authorizing bonding projects for most of Kentucky's public universities appears to have ample support to be approved this week in  the state House.

House Bill 7  authorizes more than $300 million in projects, including renovations for dorm rooms, academic buildings and football stadium renovations at the University of Kentucky.

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1:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Report: Rising Tuition Costs Aside, Higher Education Still Worthwhile

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Despite rising tuition costs, higher education is still worthwhile because college-degree holders have higher incomes and better opportunities for employment, according to a report released Friday by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Employers are increasingly requiring bachelor’s degrees as part of their hiring processes, the report said. In the next eight years, the report says, more than half of Kentucky jobs will require some sort of higher education. 

Still, students are also wrestling with increasing tuition costs each year. 

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