Higher Education

Indiana Tech

Indiana Tech is expanding its presence in Kentucky by opening a campus in Bowling Green. 

The school has a traditional campus in Fort Wayne, along with 18 other locations that primarily serve working adults. 

“The difference between us and other schools, is that even if they’re online students, we like to have people face to face to offer various types of support from admissions to tutoring to helping them with registration," said VP for Enrollment Management Steve Herendeen.

Somerset Community College

Western Kentucky University and Somerset Community College formally signed an agreement Thursday that will lead to expanded degree offerings in Pulaski County.

The partnership will allow WKU to offer bachelor’s degrees through SCC, a two-year college. The aim is to increase access for Pulaski County-area students with work or family obligations who need to remain in the region.

SCC President Carey Castle said increasing local college degree holders will have a wide-ranging impact.

“I was in a meeting this morning with Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority, and those industry individuals are just looking forward to this opportunity to get university graduates in the area.”

Lisa Autry

A report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows the state is on pace to meet a 2030 goal of having 60% of the adult population with a college degree.   The student pipeline, however, will need some retro-fitting in the future.

In order to meet the 60x30 goal, colleges and universities as a whole, must have degree growth of 1.7% every year. 

A report released this week from the CPE shows during the past two academic years, the state saw increases of four and nearly three percent, respectively, but that progress can’t be sustained if dependent on high school graduates alone. 


WKU

Western Kentucky University is asking its academic colleges to manage another round of budget reductions during the upcoming fiscal year.

The school’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Friday in favor of a new budget totaling $387,762,000, a 0.2% decrease from the current fiscal year budget.

The spending plan contains $8.6 million in reductions for the school's budget units. WKU’s five academic colleges will have to identify $3.4 million in cuts over the course of the fiscal year.

President Timothy Caboni said he didn’t want to ask academic leaders to make quick decisions on what to cut by July 1. So, he said, colleges will be able to plan reductions throughout the course of fiscal year.

Lisa Autry

The new head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education says he expects colleges and universities to re-evaluate their course offerings just as Western Kentucky University has recently done. 

WKU is preparing to eliminate 101 academic programs while transforming and expanding others. 

In an interview on Thursday with WKU Public Radio, CPE President Aaron Thompson said schools are eliminating both people and programs to contend with a decrease in state funding, declining enrollment, and increasing pension obligations.

WKU

Recommendations for the future of Western Kentucky University’s 380 academic programs are one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Regents voted Friday in favor of accepting recommendations from the school’s Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) committee.

Two members of the Regents’ Academic Affairs Committee, Chairman Jason McKinney and David Brinkley, voted in favor of the CAPE recommendations, with WKU Faculty Regent Claus Ernst abstaining.

The fourth member of the committee, Student Regent Stephen Mayer, wasn’t present.

WKU

The Western Kentucky University community is digesting the release of a set of recommendations impacting the school’s 380 academic programs.

WKU began the in-house review of programs last fall after years of state budget cuts and recent enrollment declines.

The decision to grow, maintain, or suspend certain programs is a part of WKU’s Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation, or CAPE. The process examined the future viability of WKU’s academic programs, including majors, minors, and certificates.

WKU

The Acting Provost of Western Kentucky University says 26 percent of the academic programs at the school are being recommended for suspension.

Cheryl Stevens revealed the affected programs in an email sent to WKU faculty and staff Monday night.

 

You can see the full list of the school's academic programs, and those recommended for suspension here.

 

WKU spokesman Bob Skipper said in an email to WKU Public Radio that the recommended cuts would impact "roughly 3 percent" of the school's enrollment. 

 

The results of the school's Comprehensive Academic Program Evaluation (CAPE) will be taken up at this Friday's Board of Regents committee meeting.

 

Stevens said the CAPE committee is recommending the suspension of 101 academic programs, including 11 undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees, and 86 other credentials such as minors and certificates.

WKU

The Western Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved a 2 percent tuition increase for the 2019-20 academic year.

The move means tuition for in-state undergraduate students will increase $100, to $5,401 per semester.

The decision at Friday’s meeting follows a 4 percent tuition hike for the current academic year that began last fall.

WKU President Tim Caboni said the school understands students are being asked to shoulder an increasing financial burden when it comes to their education.

WKU

A seismic generational shift is underway on college campuses across the globe.  With fewer college age students to pull from, the competition for enrollment and retention is intense. 

Jeff Kallay is CEO of Render Experiences, a national consulting firm specializing in the college experience.  He says services are the new amenities for Gen-X parents and their post-9/11 Gen-Z students.

“Academic advising, career services...so services that keep my son or daughter happy, healthy, and on target to graduate on time and to have an outcome to the next level of post professional school or graduate school or getting that job."


Somerset Community College

Students living in southern Kentucky will soon be able to get four-year degrees at Somerset Community College. 

The school announced a new initiative on Monday that will allow students in the Lake Cumberland region to earn bachelor’s degrees through partnerships with several universities.  The aim is to increase access for students with work or family obligations who need to remain close to home.  The nearest four-year university is Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, about an hour away.

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education is recieving hundreds of thousands of dollars to help adult learners.

The $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant will help students follow certificate or associate programs. The initiative will focus on low-income and underrepresented adults with no previous higher education experience.

CPE president Aaron Thompson said in a news release that the commonwealth needs to engage its adult population to meet workforce and education goals.

WKU

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is meeting Thursday, Oct. 25,  to interview the three finalists being considered for Council president.

The finalists include Robert Donley, who is Chief Executive Officer for the Board of Regents at State University System of Iowa, and Emily Anne House, who currently serves as chief policy and strategy officer for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The third finalist is Aaron Thompson, who already works for the CPE as executive vice president and chief academic officer.

WKU

High school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2019 need to fill out a form known as the FAFSA.

An event this weekend at Western Kentucky University will help students and their families fill out and electronically sign the document.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required for state and federal financial aid, as well as grant opportunities, work-study programs, and student employment.

Creative Commons

Next month the Kentucky Board of Education will consider implementing new high school graduation requirements geared towards making sure students are ready to enter the workforce or pursue higher education.

The proposed requirements include mandating that students pass “foundation” reading and math exams before they can receive their diploma and meeting benchmark test scores or participating in vocational programs to prove they’re ready to find employment or continue academic pursuits.

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