A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

U.S. News & World Report ranks EKU online degree programs among best for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth consecutive year, EKU Online degree programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Eastern Kentucky University ranked in the top 30 for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The university also ranked in the top 100 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs. “It’s incredibly rewarding to have...

Eastern Kentucky University board bids farewell to Chair Craig Turner, elects Regent Lewis Turner

Eastern Kentucky University’s January 9 Board of Regents meeting was uncharacteristically emotional as the Colonel Community bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chair Craig Turner. The board unanimously elected Regent Lewis Diaz as Turner’s successor. A Cuban native, Diaz is EKU’s first minority Board of Regents Chair. He graduated from EKU with an undergraduate degree in 2000 and a master’s degree...

David Stumbo: Kentucky is failing its workers; the system must protect employees from harm

Worker fatalities and corresponding governmental failures were detailed recently in “Fatal Flaws: How Kentucky is Failing Its Workers,” an online series produced by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KCIR). The thorough exposé described the complex legal and political factors involved in our system intended to protect employees from harm through governmental regulation. The Commonwealth’s...

Kentucky State Police, Eastern Kentucky University unveil new digital forensics lab at Richmond Campus

The Kentucky State Police have teamed up with Eastern Kentucky University to create a new digital forensics laboratory on the school’s Richmond campus. The laboratory will provide forensic examinations on electronic media for KSP investigators as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. “With the widespread use of desktop computers, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and flash drives,...

New book co-authored by EKU president examines role of higher education on American Democracy

“The link between democracy and higher education has long been embedded in the American story.” That’s how co-authors Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson and Hal Boyd open the first chapter of “College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy,” newly published by University Press of Kentucky. Benson and Boyd, a former special assistant to Benson...

Eastern Kentucky University’s four-year graduation rate more than doubles over past eight years

The four-year graduation rate at Eastern Kentucky University continues its steady rise, and has now more than doubled in an eight-year span. Roughly one in three students from the Fall 2014 freshman cohort graduated in four years. The 32.7 percent record is up from 29.98 just a year ago and well above the 15.67 mark for the 2006 freshman cohort, according to just-released figures. The five-year graduation...

EKU student Stephen Jones overcomes gun violence, football injuries to succeed in classroom

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University Seven years ago, Stephen Jones stepped outside his west Louisville home and was grazed by a bullet from a drive-by shooter. Today, he steps outside his comfort zone to seize opportunities at Eastern Kentucky University. The story of Jones’ life reads like a movie script. When Jones was 9, his parents separated, leaving him without a father figure. When...

Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee narrows field to three finalists

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s Presidential Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Council president. In alphabetical order, the finalists are Dr. Robert Donley, Dr. Emily House and Dr. Aaron Thompson. “Following a thorough and exhaustive national search process, we are confident that all three candidates possess exceptional qualities of leadership and the...

Scott County graduate Ryan Wiggins serves as EKU student regent with a ‘passion for advocacy’

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University “A passion for advocacy” inspires everything Ryan Wiggins does as Student Government Association president at Eastern Kentucky University. “I have always wanted to make a difference for my constituents,” he said. Wiggins has had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted to do for a long time. After graduating from Scott County High School in 2015 and...

WEKU celebrates 50th anniversary in October, launches new 50 Club to raise funds

On Oct. 7, 1968, radio listeners in Central Kentucky woke up to a new and exciting alternative – WEKU-FM. The public radio station at Eastern Kentucky University will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a “major” announcement about its future and the launch of a new 50 Club. The station’s fall membership drive runs Oct. 5-12, but the station is focused on a “Power Hour” from 7 to 8 a.m....

EKU President Michael Benson rated highly in evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders

The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents, at its regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 24, accepted an evaluation by faculty, staff and external stakeholders of President Michael Benson. In separate surveys, the majority of each group, including 100 percent of external stakeholders, rated Benson as effective or very effective. Michael Benson After an open discussion of the evaluation, the Board...

EKU expanding Merit Scholarship Program next fall in effort to offset rising student debt

With a new school year underway, many high school seniors are already looking ahead to what comes next – college and career choices. “From August to November is what we call application season,” said Dr. Brett Morris, executive director for enrollment management at Eastern Kentucky University. “It’s almost like the Derby, as students have been anxiously researching colleges and begin applying...

EKU receives Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for third consecutive year

Eastern Kentucky University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the third consecutive year. The HEED Award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. EKU will be featured along with 95 other recipients in the November 2018 issue of Insight into Diversity Magazine,...

EKU College of Science honors graduates Horseman, Bohannon for impactful contributions

Eastern Kentucky University graduates Dr. Nelson D. Horseman and Dr. Julia K. Bohannon were each presented the EKU College of Science Award during ceremonies this week. The college’s highest honor is presented to individuals who have made impactful contributions to the college. Horseman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from EKU in 1973 and 1975, respectively, before earning a...

EKU’s online enrollment jumps 13 percent; growth partially attributed to new program offerings

Eastern Kentucky University has 13 percent more students enrolled in EKU Online programs compared to a year ago. The growth, from 3,002 to 3,399, is attributed to new program offerings, increased interest in degree completion and sustained enrollment in foundational programs. “Students should be and are researching schools that offer exceptional value for the tuition they are paying,” said Dr....

EKU earns national recognition for water management practices, ranking fourth in 2018 report

Eastern Kentucky University ranks fourth among colleges and universities nationally in the water category of the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index published by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Eastern finished in a tie with nine other institutions, trailing only Princeton University, Colorado College and the University of Connecticut in its record of water...

EKU researchers studying copperheads in Red River Gorge, seek to minimize human-snake interaction

They come from all over the country for the rock climbing, the hiking and, of course, the rugged, breathtaking scenery. But visitors to Kentucky’s Red River Gorge sometimes encounter copperhead snakes when they interact with the environment. Funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, a team of Eastern Kentucky...

EKU faculty member elected vice president of International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected vice president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors at the organization’s conference July 11-15 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Attendees came from England, Canada, Australia, China, Nepal and the U.S. In addition to programming about issues impacting the...

Madison Community Band celebrates 10th anniversary, unveils a celebratory logo for 2018-19

The Madison Community Band, based in Richmond, is preparing to kick off its 2018–19 season while observing the band’s 10th anniversary. More than 50 members of the community band and its friends recently gathered at Central Bank Richmond’s Community Room on Aug. 17 to celebrate the Madison Community Band’s 10th anniversary and to unveil a celebratory logo designed by longtime supporter, FMB...

Eastern Kentucky University Master of Public Administration program earns NASPAA accreditation

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Eastern Kentucky University has met the high standards for continued accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). EKU’s program, available in online and on-campus formats, is accredited through 2025. “Our MPA faculty are dedicated to preparing students for successful careers,” said Dr. Sara...