Educators at Kentucky’s Community and Technical Colleges plus universities are establishing a new strategy for incoming freshmen with below benchmark academic achievement scores.
Participants at the Kentucky Association for Developmental Education conference focused on co-requisite course work. Eastern Kentucky University Director of Academic Readiness Kathy Williams says the traditional course of action would be to first place these students in non-credit bearing courses.
State student testing data shows improvements in the four year high school graduation rate and college and career readiness. The just released testing data from the Kentucky Department of Education shows gains in a number of areas.
High school graduation rates along with college/career readiness continue to go up. State officials say the number of schools and districts performing at the highest levels are up from last year, but State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says testing results don’t address future needs.
Lexington Health Department crews are taking additional steps to prevent the possible spread of zika in Fayette County. Lexington’s first confirmed zika case involves an individual who contracted the disease in another country.
A national organization promoting responsible drinking is testing a web-based alcohol consumption tool for college-aged groups. It was one topic for discussion at the state’s first Campus Safety Summit last week in Richmond.
The Failsafe on-line program is designed to help student leaders shape group behavior around alcohol consumption. The website tool is being piloted at ten schools across the U.S. this fall.
Eastern Kentucky University officials are seeing improving graduation rates at the Richmond school.
Eastern’s four year graduation rate has almost doubled in the past seven years. Of freshmen who entered EKU in the fall of 2012, 29.5 percent graduated this year. Associate Vice President for Student Success Gene Palka says part of the gain can be attributed to additional financial resources. Still, household income limitations can be significant in Kentucky.
“When I look at why students don’t graduate, most of the time, financial resources play a big factor,” Palka said.
Richmond police continue their investigation into an overnight downtown disturbance which resulted in alerts to Eastern Kentucky University students and staff. Authorities believe "fired shots" came after an altercation at a downtown bar.
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has reviewed details about campus building projects totaling more than $2 billion. There were also lighter moments in his Thursday speech to Lexington Rotarians.