Education

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: We have updated a portion of this story to detail enrollment issues. Overall enrollment was down this past academic year, however there was an increase in new freshmen and transfer enrollment.  We had previously reported the decline involved the new academic standards, however the decline is due to a variety of factors listed below and enrollment under the new academic standards has increased. We apologize for the error and any confusion.

Murray State’s president said the university is “in good shape” as performance funding goes into effect next academic year. Bob Davies outlined parameters in a ‘university update’ Thursday afternoon that include increasing the number of Bachelor’s degrees earned, an emphasis on STEM+H degrees and greater focus on low-income and minority students among other factors.

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The University of Tennessee at Martin is extending their search for provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. 

In a move that's being called "bold" and "out of the blue," Indiana's Purdue University is acquiring the for-profit Kaplan University. In announcing the deal last week, Purdue President Mitch Daniels said it was designed to open the university up to a vast new pool of students nationwide.

Aaron Lambert

Superheroes are known to save damsels in distress or stop evil overlords from ending the world as we know it. But there’s a new hero on in our region and he’s taking aim at another smaller, but no less effective villain… the school bully. Its teenage creator is harnessing his own heart to bring “Captain Spectrum” to life.

In Stewart County, Tennessee it’s club day at the local High School. More than 600 students are heading to classrooms to meet with their group of choice.

warrencountyschools.org

A southern Kentucky education leader is issuing a warning to parents about a controversial new series on Netflix. The superintendent of Warren County schools is worried about the way the show handles the issue of suicide and young people.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner outlined his vision for broad education reform in the commonwealth, including providing at least some form of post-secondary education for everyone, improving outdated area technology centers, reconsidering the traditional school day and investing in career counseling. 

educationcabinet.ky.gov

Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner is speaking about education policy at Murray State University this afternoon. 

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law via Facebook

Murray State University is partnering with University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law to offer an accelerated degree program. UofL’s 3+3 Accelerated Law Program will allow students majoring in political science to complete an undergraduate degree and law degree in just six years.

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An annual listing of the best high schools in the country has ranked Murray High School the tenth-best in Kentucky. 

education.ky.gov

The Kentucky Department of Education will wrap up a series of town hall meetings tonight in Henderson. Education leaders have been soliciting feedback on a proposed accountability system to measure student proficiency.

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