University of Louisville

4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

University of Louisville Digs In, Says No Need to Release More Records

University of Louisville President James Ramsey, right.
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The University of Louisville has responded to a request by the state attorney general to justify its refusal to turn over documents to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, in the latest step in an ongoing battle over public records.

In a letter dated July 18, U of L’s outside counsel said KyCIR’s public records appeal is moot since university officials earlier this month made public its final audit report.

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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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5:22 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Needs To Tighten Financial Controls, Audit Says

University of Louisville president James Ramsey listens as an audit report was given to a Board of Trustees committee.
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The University of Louisville released Wednesday an auditing firm’s long-anticipated report on the school’s financial controls, an analysis prompted by a series of thefts at the institution.

Strothman and Company said U of L needs to hire a chief financial officer, which the school is already trying to do. The institution also needs to ensure all of the university’s computer systems are subject to the same security controls. And it should improve controls over payroll to reduce the risk that fictitious employees could be paid, the report says.

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1:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

University of Louisville Releases High-Profile Audit

Students at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus earlier this year.
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The University of Louisville on Wednesday released a highly-anticipated audit examining the school's financial controls.

Strothman and Company, a Louisville-based firm that is known for working with large governmental organizations, made 17 recommendations for changes. The recommendations including:

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4:12 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Attorney General Demands University of Louisville Provide High-Profile Audit For Review

The oval and Grawemeyer Hall at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
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The state attorney general’s office has asked the University of Louisville to explain why it still won’t release a high-profile audit that examined the school’s financial controls.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting has sought a copy of the report since April and last month filed an appeal with the attorney general following the university’s denial of a public records request.

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12:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Shares Student Loan Plan Ahead of College Affordability Rally in Louisville

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky
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Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Friday that she says will help make college more affordable and ease student loan debt for over a quarter-million Kentucky students.

The plan continues Grimes' push to strike an economic populist chord with voters. It also comes ahead of a weekend rally in Louisville featuring U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, who has slammed Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for blocking similar legislation.

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2:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University of Louisville Won't Release High-Profile Audit

Students exiting an underpass on Third Street at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

This story was reported by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

University of Louisville officials refuse to release a report by an outside auditing firm that examined the school’s internal controls following a series of high profile – and high dollar – thefts.

This comes after the university signed an additional $100,000 contract amendment for the auditing firm to help implement its recommendations.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Annual Butterfly Count Set for Saturday at Horner Wildlife Sanctuary

A black swallowtail.

Retired University of Louisville Professor Charles Covell and others will again lead a butterfly counting expedition on Saturday morning in Oldham County.          

The count, held annually at U of L’s Horner Wildlife Sanctuary,  is part of the national butterfly census.

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6:58 am
Wed May 28, 2014

At Risk: WFPL's 3-Month Look Into the Lives of Louisville's Struggling Students

Bryan "Kenny-Man" Bishop and his sister Bryana at home.
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Kenneth Gray is from a poor family, raised by his grandmother alone. He grew up on 42nd Street in Shawnee, a part of town where opportunities are sparse. He’s African-American. By the statistics, the odds are stacked against him.

He is a “maybe kid.”

“Maybe you’ll go to class,” says Kenneth, 18. “Maybe you’ll graduate. Maybe you won’t drop out. Maybe you won’t go to prison.”

Or maybe he won’t.

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9:35 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

University of Louisville Raises Tuition 5 Percent

James Ramsey
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When the University of Louisville's fall semester begins, students will pay more tuition than ever before.

UofL was able to offset a nearly $2.1 million annual cut in state funding, in part, by raising tuition for the upcoming academic year by 5 percent.

This means in-state students attending UofL will pay $10,236 for the 2014-15 school year.

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