Jenny Minier: Any immigration policy must recognize the value immigrants bring to the economy

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was implemented by President Barack Obama to grant temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, as long as they are enrolled in school or working. Given President Donald Trump’s recent decision to end DACA, Congress must work on a policy solution that will allow the nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” currently...

Ashley Spalding: Five things to keep in mind as college students head back to school

By Ashley Spalding In colleges across Kentucky, students are beginning their fall semester — some for the first time, some returning to complete a degree. Here are five things about higher education in our state to keep in mind as the new school year begins. State budget cuts have continued Kentucky ranks in the bottom 10 states in the nation for per-student higher education funding cuts since 2008,...

Commentary: How we teach and learn must evolve to match the needs of our global economy

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman believes that today’s college graduates must do much more than compete for a job. In a global economy, marked by constant change amidst the twin forces of innovation and disruption, competing for today’s good job isn’t good enough. Graduates today, he writes, “will have to ‘invent’ a job … and, given the pace...

Commentary: Five major challenges facing Kentucky college students in 2016

By Ashley Spalding Special to KyForward Kentucky college students face barriers and challenges as they begin a new academic year, some of which are worsening as a result of yet another round of state budget cuts to higher educational institutions. Tuition Continues to Rise Tuition at public universities and community colleges has been on the rise in Kentucky for years, largely as a result of state...

Mike Denham: Despite some recent gains, increased spending on higher education needs to be a priority

A quarter-century ago, Kentucky had nowhere to go but up when it came to the education levels of adults 25 and older. Only two-thirds had graduated from high school, and less than a sixth had earned a bachelor’s degree. No state had a lower combined percentage. We’re not where we want to be, but times have certainly improved. According to the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business...

Prichard Committee weighs in on final outcomes of legislative session — some positive news

The Prichard Committee’s statement: Governor and General Assembly Maintain and Strengthen Key Investments in P12 Education We thank members of the General Assembly and Governor Bevin for crafting a budget for the upcoming biennium that strengthens investments in early childhood and maintains P-12 funding, including the SEEK formula and other key non-SEEK programs such as preschool. We also applaud...

Bill Straub: Despite claims to the contrary, state proves again it doesn’t place value on education

LEXINGTON – Just as Robin Williams was finally forced to drop the façade and acknowledge that he really was posing as Mrs. Doubtfire, it’s time for the commonwealth of Kentucky to drop its own façade and acknowledge that it really doesn’t value education despite all declamations to the contrary. The Kentucky General Assembly, after weeks of wailing and teeth gnashing, finally adopted a $21...

Commentary: The importance of higher education in finding ways to help more people prosper

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward In the wake of the First World War, former University of Kentucky President Frank L. McVey believed that the university needed to be viewed “as more than an economic asset. It served, in fact, as an essential component of the well-being of the state…” In his words, he concluded that, “what will save this nation after the war are the universities.” Our...

Capilouto tells budget committee proposed cuts would create ‘chilling effect’ on UK momentum

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told state lawmakers Thursday that tens of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to state funding would have a “chilling effect” on the institution’s momentum and would stunt progress in student success, research, health care and service that touches every county in the state. “At this very moment, we should be retaining and recruiting...

Filing for FAFSA early gives students better chance; given on first-come, first-served basis

  Kentucky students planning to attend an in-state college or university this fall should file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible. Filing early increases a student’s chance of receiving a state need-based grant administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The FAFSA is available here.   A student attending a college or university...

Kentucky college and university presidents come together to promote higher standards

Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King and 14 of Kentucky’s campus presidents today joined more than 200 leaders from 30 states in a new coalition, Higher Ed for Higher Standards, to mobilize in support of the Common Core State Standards.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Postsecondary leaders view the Common Core standards, with their focus on career and college readiness, as...