Kentucky higher education http://wkyufm.org en WKU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding, University Construction Costs, Tuition Hikes http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-president-discusses-higher-ed-funding-university-construction-costs-tuition-hikes <p></p><p></p><p>WKU President Gary Ransdell stopped by the studios of WKU Public Radio Tuesday morning to discuss state funding for higher education, a recent announcement regarding how university construction projects will be financed, and the impact of rising tuition rates on current and future students.</p><p>President Ransdell spoke with WKU Public Radio News Director Kevin Willis. Here are some excerpts from their conversation:</p><p><strong>Kevin Willis:</strong> <strong><em>Last week it was announced that Governor Beshear and state legislative leaders were backing $363 million in bonds for university construction and renovation projects. But it was understood that the schools themselves would be footing the entire cost for their respective projects, with no extra state funding involved. WKU was given approval for $22 million in bonds for a new Honors College and International Center. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Are you satisfied with that approach?</em></strong> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:49:52 +0000 Kevin Willis 24910 at http://wkyufm.org WKU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding, University Construction Costs, Tuition Hikes While UK Lays Off Workers, Other Kentucky Schools So Far Have Not http://wkyufm.org/post/while-uk-lays-workers-other-kentucky-schools-so-far-have-not <p>The majority of the state&#39;s public universities are not following the University of Kentucky&#39;s lead in laying off a large number of employees to balance the budget. UK announced this week that 140 employees will be laid off and 160 unfilled positions will be eliminated. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:28:06 +0000 13702 at http://wkyufm.org