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Education
3:11 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Committee Names Search Firms for Consideration This Week

Murray State University’s Presidential Search Committee is set to pick one of three search firms to facilitate the process of finding its next president on Friday.

At a meeting this morning the committee narrowed the potential firms to Academic Search, Incorporated, Korn/Ferry International and Witt Kieffer.

The committee may select a firm at its Friday morning meeting.  MSU used Korn/Ferry to find former President Randy Dunn in 2005.

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Education
4:03 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

MSU Thoroughbred Academy Offers High School Students Discounted College Credit

Murray State Associate Provost Renae Duncan speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about a pilot program this fall called Thoroughbred Academy, involving Trigg and Christian County students earning college credits at reduced cost. The program will allow high school juniors take classes at MSU's Hopkinsville campus at a cost of $150 per course. Duncan says this could save incoming students potentially thousands of dollars in tuition. 

Education
11:26 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Hopkinsville Community College Renews Accreditation

  Hopkinsville Community College has successfully renewed its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or SACS. The process which takes place every 10 years ended this week with a  a follow up review. 

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Education
1:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Gov. Urges Remaining Ky. School Districts to Increase Dropout Age

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging remaining school districts to be proactive in increasing the minimum dropout age from sixteen to eighteen.

So far, 105 school districts have voluntarily approved the policy change. 

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Education
8:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Lt. Gov. Simon presses for fewer college obstacles

IL Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is urging educators to do everything they can to remove obstacles such as higher loan rates that are keeping people from finishing college.  Simon is the state government's point person on education reform.  Last week, Simon was honored with the College Changes Everything Champion Award. The recognition is given out each year by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  In accepting the award, Simon said lower student loan rates will help older part-time students finish college. 

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Education
10:09 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Beshear announces awards for KY CECCs

KY Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit ky.gov

Community Early Childhood Councils in nine western Kentucky counties are among the fifty-eight across the Commonwealth that will receive almost $1.2 million in grants to promote school readiness.  Governor Steve Beshear announced the awards this week.  Calloway, Christian, Daviess, Graves, Marshall, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, and Muhlenberg will see a total of $160,000 in funding. 

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Higher Education
10:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KY Governor Not Pursuing Murray State Presidency

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s Communications Director Kerri Richardson says the Governor won’t pursue the Presidency at Murray State University. Beshear has been rumored as a potential candidate during the past few months.

MSU is in the process of hiring a search firm to compile and filter candidates for the job. MSU hopes to hire a new president in spring 2014.  Governor Beshear is in his second term which ends in 2015. The job would’ve offered Beshear a chance to boost his state retirement benefits. The presidential job pays nearly double the Governor’s salary.

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Education
7:36 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Measure to Help Tennessee Students Attend Community Colleges

Tennesseans looking to attend a two-year public community college are getting some assistance.

Gov. Bill Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing yesterday at Chattanooga State Community College establishing an endowment of at least $35 million through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation for need-based students.

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Education
7:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

McCracken County High School Opens

McCracken County Public Schools held a ceremonial ribbon cutting for its new high school Thursday.

After seven years of planning and two and a half years of construction, public school superintendent Nancy Waldrop revealed McCracken County High School to the public and discussed some of the school’s priorities.

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Education
3:17 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

TN Higher Ed Warms Up To New State Sponsored Online Degree Program

Credit http://www.wgu.edu

An adult online degree program called Western Governors University officially opens in Tennessee on Tuesday. Lawmakers and even some higher education administrators have had to warm up to the concept.

Legislators were hesitant to spend $5 million to open an office of Western Governors University or WGU. After all, Tennessee’s existing public colleges could have started a similar program, targeting people who have some college credit and never finished a degree. But with prodding from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, it was decided WGU could do a better job.

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