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Study: Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities contribute nearly $1 billion to economy

A new study reveals that the 18 independent colleges and universities that make up the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) contribute nearly a billion dollars to Kentucky’s economy each year. The report emphasizes the substantial public benefits a healthy independent higher education sector provides to the commonwealth. In addition to the $850 million in annual economic...

OJ Oleka: Tour of Ky. campuses indicates private colleges change the lives of low-income students

Setting the benchmark of your first 100 days is a good measure for most leaders. It is in those first few months that you get to set the vision, organize your team, and set out to achieve your goals. In my first 100 days as president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), I have visited all 18 AIKCU campuses and learned how our institutions are changing the lives...

Commentary: New generation set to lead Kentucky as torch is passed and challenges remain

By Ashli Watts and OJ Oleka Special to KyForward In 1960, as the American people entered a new year and, notably, a new decade, the electorate chose a new face to serve as its president. As the youngest president ever elected, John F. Kennedy’s historic victory signaled that a new generation of leadership was ready to serve. He would say so himself in his inaugural address: “Let the word go forth...