The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents held its quarterly meeting Friday at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Cumberland campus.
The board approved a $928,704,000 budget, which includes a tuition hike for students and a salary increase for faculty and staff for the 2013-14 academic year.
The budget includes a 2.86 percent increase in tuition for in-state students. Tuition will rise from $140 per credit hour to $144.
“KCTCS remains committed to providing Kentuckians with a quality education that is both affordable and convenient,” said Board Chairman P.G. Peeples. “Our statewide system of 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses continues to be the best postsecondary education value in the state.”
The board also adopted KCTCS President Michael B. McCall’s recommendations for a two percent salary increase for full-time faculty and staff. The two percent or $1,000 (whichever is larger) salary increase will apply to faculty and staff who receive favorable performance evaluations.
A national report shows Kentucky double digit gains in the last decade in the number of high school graduates.
The Commonwealth’s graduation rate moved from 63% for the class of 2000 to 77% for the class of 2010. The increase of 13.5 points makes Kentucky the third most improved among all states.
The data is reported in a special issue of Education Week, a national publication that focuses on P-12 education. The report called “Diploma Counts” finds the upward trend in the graduation rate continues to be driven by improvements among minority students.
“While we have shown drastic improvement in the graduation rate, we still have a long way to go,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “Our goal is that every student not only graduates from high school, but also graduates ready for college and career.”
The report indicates more than 11,000 students in the class of 2013 will fail to earn a diploma. That translates into 64 students dropping out each day. Dr. Holliday is optimistic that a new state law will help keep students in school by raising the dropout age from 16 to 18.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s Board of Regents meets this week to consider tuition rates for the next academic year. The board will vote on a recommendation to raise tuition 2.8% for the 2013-14 school year.
The Council on Postsecondary Education has authority to determine tuition rates for Kentucky’s state-supported universities and the KCTCS. At its April meeting, the CPE set a tuition parameter of three-percent for all schools.
Under the $2.8% hike, in-state students would pay $144 per credit hour. Out-of-state students from contiguous counties would pay $288 while other out-of-state students would be charged $504 per credit hour.
The Board of Regents is expected to approve the tuition increase at its meeting Friday at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland.
The president of the Kentucky Board of Education says new academic standards for science education in public schools include material on evolution that has been in place since 2006.
David Karem says Kentucky worked with 26 other states on the scientific standards, which were approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education on a 9-0 vote.
Karem told WKU Public Radio Thursday that the evolution teachings will more closely align Kentucky's curriculum with entry-level college requirements. And he says it's in no way an effort to step on anybody's religious beliefs.
"I think the point is that there is no intent in the scientific standards that are being adopted that go into a person's religious beliefs or interfere with them in any way," said Karem.
The President of Kentuckians for Science Education, Robert Bevins, said climate change and evolution may be politically controversial for some people, but they aren't scientifically controversial.
Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics, and the Southeastern Conference.
The university announced Tuesday that Gee is retiring as of July 1.
Gee made the joking remarks to the university's Athletic Council in December, during an update on Big Ten expansion. The recorded comments were obtained by The Associated Press, which published a story about them last week.
Gee also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville. He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky.
Trustees had called Gee's remarks unacceptable and placed him on a remediation plan after learning of the comments earlier this year.
Gee has been a successful college president but also prone to verbal gaffes, once calling Ohio's governor a "dummy" and likening the job of running a university to the Polish Army.