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Midway University nursing programs waive ACT, SNRA requirements for upcoming fall semester

Midway University’s nursing programs have announced that the ACT and SRNA requirements will be waived for both Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) applicants for the Fall 2020 admission cycle only. This is being done to assist students who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are unable to take those tests because of site closures. “With the impact of testing...

Spalding adopts ‘test-optional’ undergraduate admissions policy; ACT, SAT scores no longer required

Spalding University has announced that it has changed its undergraduate admissions policy by making it optional instead of required for students to include ACT and SAT test scores when they apply. The change, which was approved this month by Spalding’s Undergraduate Admissions Committee, makes Spalding the first four-year nonprofit university in Louisville to adopt a test-optional policy for undergraduate...

An ‘institution of access and opportunity,’ WKU removes ACT requirement from most scholarships

Western Kentucky University is increasing the affordability of a higher education by making a number of major changes to its scholarship programs. Beginning in the fall of 2020, WKU will no longer utilize ACT scores to award most academic merit-based and targeted scholarships for incoming freshmen. WKU will also make an additional $5.2 million in scholarship funding available to a larger group of students...

Centre College welcomes 370 students, the most diverse freshman class in the history of the campus

By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College Centre College has welcomed its most diverse class in history to campus. The Class of 2023 is comprised of 370 first-year students from across the globe. Besides 30 states, including Hawaii, 10 countries are represented, including Armenia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam. While international students make up seven...

KHEAA offers tips to improve ACT success as high school Juniors, seniors prepare for March 20 test

Juniors in Kentucky public high schools will take the ACT on March 20. These tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help students do better on the test. • Read, read, read. Most of the ACT is based on reading. The more you read, the better you’ll do. • Take advantage of any free ACT prep courses offered by your school or by local colleges and libraries. •...

Latest ACT results show state ‘still has some serious work ahead of us,’ Pruitt says

The percentage of Kentucky public high school graduates meeting the state’s college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in reading and mathematics increased marginally, but slightly fewer students met the state English benchmark, according to data released Thursday by ACT. Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said the report indicates that Kentucky still has “some serious work...

Kentucky graduates make incremental gains on ACT scores overall, dropped in mathematics

Kentucky public high school graduates held steady in meeting the state’s college-readiness benchmarks on the ACT college-entrance exam in reading and English, but lost ground in meeting the state mathematics benchmark, according to data released by ACT. State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said the report indicates that Kentucky still has “some serious work ahead of us” to ensure all students...

Six Fayette County students post perfect ACT score; 2,437 graduates in Class of 2016

Six students in Fayette County Public Schools scored a composite 36, or a perfect score, on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2015-2016 academic year, when they were juniors. The six are Alec Dupont of Henry Clay High School; Andrew Wachal of Lafayette High School; and Carlo Labianca, Ananth Miller Murthy, Nisarg Patil, and Benjamin Xie, all of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. The ACT consists...

These tips may help students do better on the ACT; juniors take the test on March 3

Juniors in the state’s public high schools will take the ACT on March 3. These tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority may be helpful.   · Read, read, read. Most of the ACT is based on reading. The more you read, the better you’ll do.   · Take advantage of any free ACT prep courses offered by your school or by local colleges and libraries.   ·...

ACT moves to improve access, increase opportunities for underserved students

ACT today announced three new initiatives designed to help improve college access and increase opportunities for underrepresented students, including low-income students, ethnic minorities and first-generation college students.   The first initiative, “Get Your Name in the Game,” will offer colleges and scholarship agencies access to the names of underserved students participating in ACT’s...

Seven Lexington juniors, seniors representing three schools achieve perfect ACT score

Seven juniors and seniors in Fayette County Public Schools scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college entrance exam during the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations to Henry Russell and David Stevens of Henry Clay High School, Jane Herbener and Cody Leslie of Lafayette High School, and Morgan Hopkins, Sahil Nair and Joseph Schneider of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.   The ACT consists of tests...

Computer glitch forces use of paper/pencil tests to replace online end-of-course exams

Unable to fix the technical difficulties that interrupted testing last week, schools are returning to paper and pencil.   End-of-course testing required by high schools and the state for credit were planned online, but test vendor ACT couldn’t resolve technical problems and the tests were suspended. They were scheduled to resume online today, May 6. The Kentucky Department of Education made...

Online end-of-course tests mandated by state for credit may resume next week if no glitch

Online administration of state-mandated end-of-course tests is scheduled to resume Monday following technical glitches this week with the test vendor, ACT, Inc.   The Kentucky Department of Education Office of Assessment and Accountability directed districts to suspend testing yesterday after problems were reported throughout the week of slow online connections or dropped connections experienced...

Bryan Station seniors use College & Career Center, get tips from panel of graduates

The Q&A panel was part of the kickoff for Bryan Station's new College & Career Center. The group also included Lance Cpl. Shelby Lambert, a 2011 BSHS graduate (far left) and Arielle Donelan of Michigan, a senior at Centre College. (Photos from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Fayette County Public Schools   When students at Bryan Station High want to investigate options for their future,...