Education

  A group of university presidents is meeting today (Monday) to finalize a performance funding model for Kentucky’s higher education institutions. Bob King is president of the Council for Postsecondary Education. He says a primary emphasis will be the number of degrees that schools produce.

“There’s a premium if the degree is earned by a minority student or a low-income student, and that’s a way of addressing the achievement gap issue.”

This fall, about 6,000 more Kentucky high school students have signed up for dual credit courses that count towards their diplomas and future college careers compared to last year.

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Hopkinsville Community College is one of ten community colleges selected as a finalist for a prestigious national award for innovative education.

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Education Secretary John King is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he says would be considered "criminal assault or battery" against an adult.

King released a letter Tuesday asking leaders to replace corporal punishment with less punitive, more supportive practices he says work better against bad behavior.

Education Department civil rights data shows more than 110,000 students were paddled in the 2013-14 school year. The data shows disproportionate numbers of black and disabled students were physically punished.

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Kentucky’s public and private colleges and universities awarded a record number of degrees during the 2015-16 academic year.

A report from the Council on Postsecondary Education says Kentucky’s higher education institutions conferred 65,829 degrees--a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year.

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  Western Kentucky University is seeking a declaratory judgment against the Kentucky Retirement System.  The feud relates to the pension benefits of former buildings and grounds workers.

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Murray State President Bob Davies says the university will continue its search for new Provost candidates, despite naming two finalist candidates earlier this month.  

Robert Fischer, Jr. and Mark Anderson made campus visit last week.  

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Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies speaks with Matt Markgraf on Sounds Good about the #RacersCare campaign, an update on performance funding, efforts underway to increase diversity in students, faculty and staff, understanding the budget advisory committee and 'entrepreneurial opportunities' and his thoughts on the possible payroll tax. 

When the Obama administration announced last year that it would overhaul the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, prospective college students (and their parents) cheered.

"Today, we're lending a hand to millions of high school students who want to go to college and who've worked hard," said Arne Duncan, who was at that time U.S. secretary of education. "We're announcing an easier, earlier FAFSA."

And it is both.

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Addressing the campus community Thursday, Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies touted department, faculty and staff accolades and touched on how the university plans on navigating through sociopolitical and economic challenges. Davies delivered his State of the University Address, titled "Lofty Aims and High Aspirations: Our Most Significant Fortune" at Wrather Museum. 

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