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Council on Postsecondary Education report shows strong growth in minority degrees and credentials

Even with the turmoil of COVID-19, minority students in Kentucky achieved steady gains in college degrees and credentials last year, and overall, the state remains on pace to meet its educational attainment goals in 2030. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) released those findings – among many others – as part of its annual progress report on colleges and universities in the commonwealth....

David McFaddin: Support continued opportunities for EKU students during second Giving Day April 14

In a video I recorded last week for EKU’s upcoming Giving Day I defined something we talk about a lot at EKU, and that’s our mantra of being the “School of Opportunity.” “Opportunities don’t grow on trees,” got a laugh from the crew when I said it. As I think about the opportunities my family has had through education at EKU, I know that opportunities are sometimes left to chance, but...

Joycelyn Mills becomes first principal of Carter G. Woodson Preparatory Academy

A Chicago educator with Kentucky connections has been selected as the first-ever principal of Carter G. Woodson Preparatory Academy, announced Fayette County Public Schools Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm. Jocelyn Mills, who most recently served as the principal of Chicago’s Barbara A. Sizemore Academy for students in grades K-8, started her new role just before spring break. Slated to welcome...

Ten journalists named to Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, induction to be virtual on May 4

Ten journalists with careers that covered some of the biggest stories of the late 20th and early 21st centuries make up the 41st class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony will be held online May 4. Michael Collins This year’s 10 inductees are: • Michael Collins, who covers economic issues and the White House for USA Today; • the late Bill Cox, who served...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs doubles program participation with second session for 2021

The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a highly competitive summer program where Kentucky high school students focus on product innovation and business model design, has announced the addition of a second summer session for 2021 to accommodate the ever-increasing demand for the GSE experience. The first session will run June 6-26 and the second session July 5-24. The selection of approximately...

Jefferson County’s STEAM school for girls, Grace M. James Academy, does everything differently

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Until recently, the 149 students of the Grace M. James Academy for Excellence have only seen inside their middle school via a cell phone camera held by Principal Ronda Cosby and other staff members. The 6th-graders are the first class to attend the new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) magnet school in Jefferson County, but COVID-19 means most of...

Campbellsville University announces 100 percent tuition guarantee for incoming freshmen students

Campbellsville University’s administration and enrollment office have announced the university is now offering a tuition guarantee for incoming freshman students. “For over 100 years, Campbellsville University has been committed to educating and supporting underserved Kentucky students. CU firmly believes helping students and their families afford Christian higher education is essential...

Engineering team from University of Louisville to compete in international solar decathlon in Dubai

By Betty Coffman University of Louisville Faculty members and students from the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering and Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research will compete as part of a team in the Second Solar Decathlon Middle East in Dubai in October. The team also includes members from the American University of Sharjah, Higher Colleges of Technology and American University...

Murray State seeking nominations for COVID-19 Hero Awards in advance of annual Sparks Lecture

Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services will host its annual Sparks Lecture as an online event, free to the public, from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 29. At this virtual event, a panel of prominent regional educators will discuss the pandemic’s effects on students, families, and learning outcomes while sharing ideas for how to foster a suitable learning environment...

Murray State University’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders to launch Early Childhood Program

Murray State University’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is preparing to launch a new Early Childhood Program for local children needing individualized intervention in an early childhood classroom environment. The primary goal of this initiative is to prepare young children with developmental disabilities to be successful in an educational setting by kindergarten. Eligible clients should be...

Prichard Committee’s Coping with COVID study shows terrific impact on postsecondary education

In a survey to nearly 1,000 Kentucky college students, 74 percent say they have felt an increase of mental or emotional exhaustion due to COVID-19. Presented Wednesday at the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Student Success Summit, the Prichard Committee’s Coping with COVID Postsecondary Impact Study also found that 57% of current students have felt an increase in anxiety that interfered...

Bluegrass Community & Technical College to welcome students back to campus in the fall

Faculty and staff at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) are looking forward to welcoming more students back on campus for the fall 2021 semester. Classes will be offered in-person, hybrid and online to accommodate the needs of all students. “As we worked through the challenges presented by the pandemic, we explored ways we could more effectively and efficiently serve students,” said...

UK, FCPS and partners join forces to create STEM pipeline program for underrepresented students

By Alicia Gregory University of Kentucky The STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program at the University of Kentucky is creating a unique pipeline to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literacy and promote STEM careers for traditionally underrepresented populations (people of color, individuals with disabilities, students from free or reduced lunch schools),...

Murray alumna, Fulbright scholar creates pen pal program with Mayfield Elementary, Spanish students

Lauran Young, an alumna of Murray State University’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program and a Fulbright grant recipient, has partnered with teachers at Mayfield Elementary School for a pen pal program with students from Spain. The Fulbright U.S. student program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant programs....

University of Louisville joins 100 other schools across U.S. for initiative to address climate change

The University of Louisville is joining more than 100 universities around the nation and the world to focus on the critical issue of climate change as part of Solve Climate By 2030, a global project organized by Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. The project will assess what can be done both in Kentucky and globally to help solve climate change while supporting struggling communities. UofL will...

CPE announces 19 minority educators to join Academic Leadership Development Institute

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has announced 19 professionals from across the state will join the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) this year to prepare for influential roles in higher education. Coordinated by the Council, ALDI provides a series of interactive sessions and small group seminars led by faculty and administrators from across Kentucky and other states....

First-of-its-kind analytics tool helps colleges eliminate blind spots in jobs, salaries; track success

Kentucky colleges and universities have a new tool to see if graduates who move out of state are securing jobs and earning good wages – key factors in evaluating the success of an academic program.   The interactive tool is called the Multi-State Postsecondary Report (MSPSR). It’s one of the first efforts in the country to share workforce data from contiguous states on recent college graduates. The...

Kentucky Community and Technical College board of regents report three finalists for president

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents on announced the three finalists to become the next KCTCS president. They are: • Paul Czarapata, currently the KCTCS interim president. • Anton Reece, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College. • Casey Sacks, vice chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System...

State awarded $19.3 million in federal funds for educational support services related to COVID

Gov. Andy Beshear announced that $19.3 million in federal funds has been awarded to Kentucky from the second round of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund 2 (GEER II) for educational support services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will provide student mental health services; family support; college, career and transition services for students; and assistance for college-bound...

WKU now accepting nominations for 2021 Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame; nomination deadline May 31

Nominations are now open for the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2021 class. Established in 2000, the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame recognizes educators across the Commonwealth who positively impact the teaching profession and the students they serve. As a national leader in educator preparation and administrator training, WKU works closely with district partners to fulfill regional needs while ensuring...