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Commentary: Free textbooks and course materials will help college affordability during pandemic

By Dr. OJ Oleka and Dr. Lori Werth Special to KyForward In January 2020, college students were gearing up to return to campus. Many were looking forward to college sports, making new friends, and learning new content. Then, COVID. Job loss, healthcare expenses, rent payments, and utility bills — challenges that could be devastating if they happened individually — were now happening simultaneously....

Kentucky Nonprofit Network elects Marian Guinn, Dr. OJ Oleka as newest members for board of directors

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Marian Guinn, President of MG Coaching & Consulting; and Dr. OJ Oleka, President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). Marian Guinn Guinn, a resident of Lexington, is a leadership coach, trainer and strategy consultant....

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...