The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued the following traffic advisory for Sunday-Wednesday:
Motorists traveling north on Interstate 65 in Hart County should be prepared for delays Sunday through Wednesday. Contract crews will be working on the bridge over Green River near Mile Point 62, just north of Horse Cave (Exit 58). This work will require reducing the interstate to one lane on approach to the bridge from 7 a.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. (central/local time) both days.
While congestion and delays are expected on the interstate, motorists may find using US 31-W North as an alternate route just as time consuming. Traffic overflow from the interstate combined with local traffic through the cities of Horse Cave and Munfordville will likely lead to lengthy delays during mid and late afternoon. Additionally, construction to widen the interstate to three lanes continues just south of the Green River bridges. If traffic queues accumulate from the bridges back to the widening construction zone, motorists in that area should be aware that there is no shoulder space for stopping.
Some early results released from a Vanderbilt University study on the impact of pre-K education show a mixed bag. The findings so far indicate that Tennessee children who make big gains in math, reading, and language by attending pre-kindergarten don’t stay ahead of their peers for long.
But the research also shows those same children can learn other behaviors that benefit them down the road.
The Tennessean reports that Vanderbilt University researchers are counseling patience regarding the unprecedented study, which follows 3,000 Tennessee children from age 4 through third grade, through the year 2015.
One early takeaway from the study: students who attend preschool are promoted from kindergarten to first grade at twice the rate of those who don’t, and have higher first grade attendance. Researchers are wondering whether those kinds of achievements are actually better predictors of long-term academic success, as opposed to focusing solely on a child’s early academic abilities.
WKU is preparing for the possibility that state funding for higher education could someday be based--in part--on retention rates. WKU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Brian Meredith says it's an idea being tried in other parts of the nation.
"States across the country are doing that now, looking at funding models that are taking into account graduation rates, success rates, completion rates, and those sorts of things. We're not quite there yet in Kentucky, but that could be a possibility down the road, so we're trying to get ahead of the game."
Meredith says WKU has increased the academic requirements necessary to gain admission to the school, with the incoming freshman class possessing the highest ACT scores and grade point averages of any first-year class at WKU in ten years.
Meredith says it should be easier to retain and graduate students who come to WKU prepared to take on higher education coursework.