8:07 am
Thu February 14, 2013

In Tennessee, Questions are Raised Regarding Efforts to Boost Minority Rates at Universities

University of Tennessee in Knoxville

A few Tennessee lawmakers are voicing concerns with a bill that aims to end any preference shown to minority groups on public college campuses. The legislation was delayed after a long committee hearing at the state capitol.

The proposal comes from out of state. A former university Regent in California who is an African American has helped pass similarly worded constitutional amendments in a few western states.

Ward Connerly says he’s attempting to re-level the playing field after years of informal affirmative action.

“We have evolved this theory that as long as we’re discriminating for good things, that that’s alright," said Connerly.

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5:55 am
Thu February 14, 2013

WKU, Vol State to Sign Dual Admissions Agreement

The WKU campus
Credit Kevin Willis

Students at Volunteer State Community College will be able to easily transfer to WKU under the new agreement. Leaders from both schools are scheduled to sign off on the deal later today at the community college campus in Gallatin.

Students who earn a two-year degree at Volunteer State can enroll at WKU to pursue a bachelor's degree and are advised by counselors at both schools to create an easy transition. The program ensures that students' credits will transfer to WKU and can save students time and money.

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10:58 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Kentucky School Chief Warns of State Takeover

Kentucky's education commissioner says the state will step in and take over management of struggling Jefferson County schools as soon as August if progress isn't made soon.

The warning from Terry Holliday came Tuesday in a meeting with the Courier-Journal editorial board. A state analysis last week showed that 16 of the 18 low-performing schools in Jefferson County have made little or no progress since they were ordered to undergo overhauls.

Holliday last week called the situation "academic genocide." He told the newspaper he chose those words specifically as a way to get the community to realize and act on the seriousness of the situation.

In the past three years, 41 public schools in Kentucky have been selected for overhauls because of chronically poor academics.

2:38 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

State of the Union Address Will Recognize Former Technical Education Student from Kentucky

Brad Henning
Credit Atlas Machine/John Fitzgerald

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, a former Kentucky student will be sitting in the audience. Breckinridge County native Brad Henning will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.  

The State of the Union speech will  emphasize the importance of training workers with skills that lead directly to good jobs in industries such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and information technology. The president is expected to recognize Henning, who as a journeyman machinist. 

The 23-year-old’s career started as a student at Breckinridge County High School when a teacher got him interested in taking a machining class at the Breckinridge Area Technology Center. By his senior year, Henning worked as a co-op student with Atlas Manufacturing of Louisville, and by graduation, he was offered a full-time job.

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4:24 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Warren Co. School Superintendent Announces Retirement

Superintendent Tim Murley announced his retirement, effective February 28th, at Monday night's meeting of the Warren County school board.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Murley cited personal reasons for stepping down saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He's been with the district for more than 30 years.

Board President Kerry Young said after the meeting that the school board will name an interim superintendent and will decide whether to form a search committee or to hire a company to conduct a superintendent search.

8:47 am
Sat February 9, 2013

EKU President Warns of Possible Layoffs

Eastern Kentucky University's president warned of possible campus layoffs as part of a multi-million-dollar budget reallocation meant to free up money to bolster academic programs and boost salaries for faculty and staff.

In an email this week to faculty and staff, EKU President Doug Whitlock did not specify how many jobs might be cut or when. EKU has about 2,100 full-time faculty and staff on its main campus in Richmond and regional campuses in Corbin, Danville, Manchester and Somerset.

"There will be no way to accomplish what we need to do without a reduction in our work force," Whitlock said. "I am committed to this being a fair and humane process, but it must also be one driven by our decisions relative to core mission."

The university released the email to the media on Friday.

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6:48 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Bill Allowing for University Capital Projects 97-1

A proposal to allow six of Kentucky's  public universities to start more than $360 million in infrastructure projects overwhelming passed the House Thursday afternoon, 97-1. 

House Bill 7 allows the universities to issue their own agency bonds to build new dorms, academic buildings and other improvements, including a stadium renovation at the University of Kentucky. 

The plan also includes $22 million in bonds for a new Honors College and international center at WKU.

House budget chairman Rick Rand, a Democrat from Bedford, is the sponsor of the bill and told his colleagues that no state money would be used for the projects.

"This bill does not take any General Fund dollars, zero General Fund dollars," Rand said. "It will be all agency funds and restricted funds from the universities."

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12:43 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

WKU Regional Campus Directors Given New Titles

Formerly referred to as directors, Dr. Sally Ray in Glasgow, Dr. Ron Stephens in Elizabethtown and Dr. Gene Tice in Owensboro are now Regional Chancellors. 

“These leaders play a critical role in their respective communities and are responsible for providing access to higher education and driving up the number of degree holders in their regions,” said President Gary Ransdell,  in a statement to WKU Public Affairs. 

“They are active in their communities, work closely with the presidents of the other postsecondary institutions and education leaders in the region and are engaged with academic leadership on the main campus in Bowling Green. I believe the title of Regional Chancellor demonstrates our recognition that our regional campuses are critical to our mission and that these leaders operate with a high level of independence and accountability," said Dr. Ransdell.

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2:55 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Advocacy Group Pushing for Higher Standards for Tennessee Teachers

An education advocacy group in Tennessee is pushing for teacher candidates to face higher academic standards before they even begin taking college classes.

The move by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education comes after Tennessee education officials linked teacher effectiveness to better ACT scores.

It said some colleges and universities admit teacher education students who score as low as 15 on the college admissions test.

A score of 21 on the ACT is considered the standard of readiness for college.

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12:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

University Bonding Projects on Fast Track to Pass Kentucky House This Week

A bill authorizing bonding projects for most of Kentucky's public universities  appears to have ample support to be approved this week in  the state House.

House Bill 7 authorizes more than $300 million in projects, including $22 million for bonds to fund a new international center and Honors College at WKU.

The bill unanimously passed the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday, without a single lawmaker even questioning the bill.

Committee Chair Rick Rand, a Democrat from Bedford, said he expects the bill to easily pass the House very soon.

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