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.

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The landmark legislation granting women in the U.S. the right to vote turns 100 years old this summer. 

To kick off a year-long celebration of the 19th Amendment, Western Kentucky University is hosting writer Elaine Weiss to campus.  Weiss, the author of The Woman's Hour, the Great Fight to Win the Vote, says the effort to force the vote in 1920 remains more than just a voting rights issue.

"It was about changing and challenging the role of women in society," Weiss told WKU Public Radio. "So it was cultural, it was societal, it was for some a moral debate about how women should be treated, were they more than just mothers and wives?"


More than 150 authors will be in Bowling Green Friday and Saturday for the 2019 Southern Kentucky Book Festival. 

Festival Coordinator Sara Volpi says the annual event is a great way to introduce the Bowling Green area to authors and visitors.

"The authors enjoy coming in and meeting new fans, and seeing old fans too. There's a lot of authors to discover and a lot of unique talent that comes into Bowling Green, and for some of these people it's their first trip to Bowling Green."


Western Kentucky University is closing a program on campus that promotes Chinese language and culture. 

In an email to faculty and staff on Monday, WKU President Timothy Caboni announced the school is terminating its agreement with the Confucius Institute. 

The institute came to WKU in 2010 and helps place Chinese language teachers in local K-through-12 schools, while also serving as a hub for teacher training and curriculum development.

“Though activities will phase out over the next several weeks, we will continue our dialogue with key partners to work toward a solution that allows WKU to continue our programming,” Dr. Caboni said. “We hope to strengthen, deepen and broaden our relationships with partner institutions in China throughout this process.”


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.


The faculty regent at Western Kentucky University says he expects a proposal to suspend some academic programs will pass an initial vote on Friday. 

A committee made up of faculty members has recommended the school eliminate 101 programs, although many have no students currently enrolled. 

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Dr. Claus Ernst said faculty he’s spoken to are largely in support of the recommendations.

“I think there’s a feeling that it could have been worse, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say faculty is happy. We’re all anxious about what the future will bring. Some programs will be cut even though they have some students in them, may not be a lot of students, but for any faculty member whose program is cut, that’s devastating.”


Western Kentucky University is making another leadership change in the Potter College of Arts and Letters. 

In an email on Wednesday afternoon to faculty and staff, Acting Provost Cheryl Stevens announced that Dr. Larry Snyder will resume serving as dean effective April 15.  He will finish his term which ends June 30, 2021.

Dr. Merrall Price, who was serving as interim dean, will remain as Special Assistant to the Provost until she begins her role as Associate Dean in Potter College effective July 1. 


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.


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.


The embattled Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Kentucky University has announced she is stepping down from the posts, effective immediately.

Terry Ballman said in an email to faculty and staff Friday morning that she will serve as Assistant to the President for Special Initiatives until August of 2020, and then assume a tenured, full professorship in the Department of Modern Languages.

Her announcement comes one day after the University Senate, which represents faculty, issued a vote of “no confidence” in Ballman.

“Serving as your Provost has been both an honor and a privilege, and I am proud of the things we have accomplished this year,” Ballman said in her message.


The Western Kentucky University governing body that represents faculty has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution that expresses “no confidence” in the school’s provost.

The University Senate took the vote Thursday afternoon at a special called meeting. The vote was 50 in favor of the resolution, with 10 voting against, and three abstentions.

Many faculty members at the meeting expressed concern over several actions by Provost Terry Ballman, including what has been perceived as the forced resignation of Larry Snyder as Dean of the Potter College of Arts and Letters.

Deborah Logan

Western Kentucky University is celebrating Fulbright Week through April 5. 

More than 370,000 scholars, students, professionals, and groups have participated in the Fulbright program worldwide since it began in 1946.  WKU English Professor Dr. Deborah Logan is the recipient of two Fulbright research awards to India in 2012 and 2018. 

"Having these one on one connections with people in India over the months that I was there helps them to see beyond the stereotypes, helps me to see beyond the stereotypes and look at real people doing real things with real concerns about the direction that the world is going in," Logan said. 


Western Kentucky University has named its second interim dean in less than a week for the Potter College of Arts and Letters.

WKU Provost Terry Ballman emailed Potter College faculty Monday to say Merrall Price will serve as the college’s interim dean beginning May 1. Price is currently serving as a special assistant to the provost, and also teaches in the English Department.

Ballman announced last Tuesday that Potter College Dean Larry Snyder was stepping down from the post and would resume faculty duties.

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The Kentucky native known as “The Greatest of All Time” is the focus of a photo exhibition opening Monday, March 11, at Western Kentucky University.

The photos of Muhammad Ali were taken by more than a dozen staff photographers for the Courier Journal, who had extensive access to Ali during his rise to fame, and later during his fight with Parkinson’s Disease.

WKU photojournalism professor Tim Broekema said the exhibition is not just for people interested in Ali’s success as a boxer.


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.