Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni says the school can help fill local employment needs while also broadening the perspectives of its students.
Caboni’s first week as WKU President comes at a time when the state is putting increased pressure on colleges and universities to help address workforce development concerns.
Caboni says he wants WKU to prepare students to make a good living, while also preparing them to have a good life.
“I think that having that balance is important. That preparing people to go into the workforce and into a profession is key, but also ensuring they have the critical thinking and broader communication skills to be successful over a lifetime,” WKU’s 10th president said.
Caboni says one of his chief goals is for WKU to recruit “more and better” students who can graduate in four years. Degree productivity is a key point of Kentucky’s new performance-based funding model for higher education.
You can hear our full interview with Timothy Caboni here: