higher education

Ryan Hermens, Kentucky.com

Eight minutes into the governor’s debate on Tuesday, moderator Shannon Cogan urged the audience at Lexington’s Singletary Center to remain silent.  But the verbal jousts of the candidates illicited whoops, boos, cheers and rare bits of laughter throughout the hour-long debate reflecting an audience as clearly divided  on policy as the two men on stage.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear found little common ground during the debate on the University of Kentucky campus. That was true on the hot-button issue of abortion .

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Gov. Matt Bevin has crafted a new version of the pension bill he vetoed last month and is expected to call a special session for lawmakers to consider the issue soon.

The measure is similar to the one that Bevin rejected last month. It allows regional universities and agencies like health departments to exit the state’s pension system to avoid a spike in the amount of money they have to contribute to it.

The University of The Cumberlands

A small Kentucky university is claiming to be the first in the state to offer a blockchain degree. Williamsburg-based University of the Cumberlands is currently accepting applications for the graduate program set to begin this summer.

Blockchain is a public, digital ledger accounting for transactions involving bitcoin, other cryptocurrency, and information of value. Business Department Chair Lois McWhorter said blockchain is a distributed digital ledger.

The budgets of Kentucky's public universities have been slashed. To compensate, tuitions and fees continue to rise pushing degrees ever further from the reach for many. These are the conditions inherited by Aaron Thompson as he brings a unique background and perspective to the helm of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Also: a solution to "parachute journalism" and the challenges of today's community newspaper.

msu.edu

Murray State students have high expectations for the next university president. More than 70 students on Wednesday attended a frank and hopeful discussion on a wide range of qualities and issues with the Presidential Search Committee. Students said they want a financially literate president who can navigate Frankfort politics... who respects faculty and staff and improves student activities… who understands diversity and will increase recruitment in urban areas. Cole Crocker of Nashville wants a president connected to Murray, but who has also ventured out and found success.

Stu Johnson/WEKU

Dozens of Kentucky college students rallied for nearly two hours in Frankfort Monday to show their concerns about tuition and student debt  

Student leaders and a number of state office-holders drew repeated cheers in the capitol rotunda.

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Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

Jack Conway Unveils Education Plan in Louisville

Sep 8, 2015
Ashley Lopez / wfpl.org

Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Jack Conway released his education plan in Louisville Tuesday.

In it, Conway continues his push for more early childhood education programs in the state. His plan aims to expand access to preschoolers in families at 138 percent of the poverty level.

The big question is, though, how the state would pay for that expansion.

As a child growing up in Georgia, notions of someday becoming an engineer never occurred to Dianne Leveridge.  But the girl who didn’t think she was good at math went on to earn first a master’s degree, and then a PhD in civil engineering and is now guiding other smart young women to act on their true professional talents and ambitions. Dr. Leveridge is now Director of Technical Programs for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  She shared her journey with Tom Martin.

Ky. Community College Leader Earns Six-Figures, Even After Retirement

May 9, 2014
James McNair/Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

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.

Eastern Kentucky University

A review of higher education budget issues has included a call for merging education administration and urging university presidents to become more politically vocal.  The discussion occurred during a meeting of the state budget review committee.


EKU Head Counts Fiscal Blessings

May 12, 2011

After a couple years of recession and state budget cuts, the president of Eastern Kentucky University says some bills are coming due.  Two new buildings are going on-line at EKU and President Doug Whitlock must figure out how to pay for their operation and maintenance. The state once provided funds for such expenses, but, now schools like Eastern must pay those bills.