Education

The panel that regulates tuition rates for Kentucky's state colleges and universities has finalized tuition hikes for the 2012-2013 school year that go as high as 6%.

The WKU Board of Regents met in special session Friday morning to sign off on the university's $389 million budget for the new fiscal year. The budget includes a 4.8% increase in tuition and fees, which amounts to nearly $200 more per semester.

Trustees at the University of Kentucky have voted in favor of a $2.6 billion budget for the coming year. The plan offers no pay raises for UK employees, but President Eli Capilouto says he hopes to set aside funds for  5% merit pay raises for staff and faculty in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System’s board has approved a tuition increase and raises for full-time staff for next year.  The state’s Council on Post-Secondary Education still needs to grant final approval this Thursday, but the KCTCS is within the council’s 4% tuition cap. 

The GED test is changing nationwide and officials says those who haven't completed the test should go ahead and do so.  A new, more difficult and more expensive test will be in place starting January 2014. 

A number of issues relating to diversity in higher education are on the agenda for a Council on Postsecondary Education Committee on Equal Opportunities meeting, which will be held Monday at the Research Farm of Kentucky State University.

The Kentucky Department of Education and the Council on Postsendary Education are co-sponsoring a Conference promoting successful transitions to college for students of diverse backgrounds. About 120 academically proficient students and parents  are attending sessions on the WKU campus.

Three Western Kentucky University students finished among the top three nationally in the finals of the 52nd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program . Brynn Anderson of Bowling Green and Armando Sanchez of Clovis, Calif., finished second and third, respectively, in the National Photojournalism Championship.

The majority of the state's public universities are not following the University of Kentucky'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.

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in Grayson County, for the Walter T. Kelley Campus Building. The 11,500 square foot facility will be used to expand postsecondary education opportunities for students in the area.

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner has been given a four-year contract extension. The state board of education unanimously agreed to award the extension to Terry Holliday, who has been on the job since 2009. The new deal covers the years of 2013 to 2017, and keeps Holliday’s annual salary at $225,000.

A busy schedule won’t keep Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen from digging into school board funding. Edelen is currently planning audits into special taxing districts and Medicaid managed care. His office is also required to do hundreds of audits of local and state government agencies. But Edelen says he’ll keep his campaign pledge to look at school funding. And that could include a review of the state’s public universities, too.

The planet Venus will pass in front of the sun late Tuesday, in an event that won't happen again for 105 years. A special educational activity is planned at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium to provide a safe way for people of all ages to view and learn more about the event.

A key committee of the WKU Board of Regents has given approval to a new budget for 2012-2013. Meeting in the Cornelius Martin Regents Room on the WKU Campus, members of the Finance and Budget Committee approved a $388 million budget, which includes a 2% pay raise for faculty and staff.

WKU President Gary Ransdell has sent all faculty and staff an email containing the school’s proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The WKU Board of Regents Budget and Finance Committee will debate the $388 million blueprint at a meeting Friday morning, with a vote before the full Board scheduled for June 22nd.

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