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Higher Education
5:18 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

2012 Student Survey Results Show Positive Results for Dunn

Depiction of Student Survey Results
Credit Chad Lampe

WKMS has obtained, through an open records request, a 2012 student survey assessing the performance of Murray State President Randy Dunn. The survey's results are overall positive. In a letter to the Board of Regents that accompanied the survey results Student Regent Jeremiah Johnson wrote “Judging by the survey, the student body is supportive of President Dunn and his administration. All of the questions/statements were rated in the 75-80% approval rating.”

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Education
4:05 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Schools Make National Performance List

Schools in Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Graves, Marshall and Muhlenburg Counties are on the 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing Schools List. The list recognizes schools that are raising student achievement levels more quickly than other schools with similar student populations.

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Education
5:37 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Teaching Poetry to Kids and Recording for Radio

Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute’s Constance Alexander brings poetry to the studio on Sounds Good today. She’s produced Poetry Minutes for WKMS over the past several years. In the conversation, she reads some of the poems written by area school kids for the project, and talks about teaching poetry to kids, how to interpret something like a photo or painting using carefully constructed words.

Click here to listen to this year's Poetry Minutes.

Bonus: Here's last year's Poetry Minutes!

Higher Education
2:05 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Murray State Alumnus Prepared to Divert Donations to Dunn's Legal Costs

Dr. Richard Hurt
Credit Mayo Clinic

A prominent Murray State Alumnus' letter to the Board of Regents and Governor Steve Beshear urges the reinstatement of President Randy Dunn and the resignation of Board Chairman Dr. Constantine Curris.

Dr. Richard Hurt of the Mayo Clinic is known internationally for his work on nicotine dependence. MSU’s board of regents voted 7 to 4 on March 15th not to renew president Dunn’s contract. Hurt, in his letter, encourages Dunn to fight his termination in court.

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Commentary
9:59 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Murray State Professor Issues "Observations" of BOR Committee Report on University Progress

Fred Miller
Credit MSU

In response to an Open Records request, Murray State’s Board of Regents has released the ad hoc report upon which Regents based their decision not to renew President Randy Dunn’s contract.  That report contains some data that is also part of our SACS reaccreditation process, which is entering its most critical period.  If this report is credible and sufficiently negative to justify non-renewal of the President’s contract, it could have a direct, substantial and negative impact on our reaccreditation effort. 

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Higher Education
5:07 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Student Regent Says His Vote Against Dunn Doesn't Reflect Survey Results

Murray State University ​student regent Jeremiah Johnson has recovered a ​student ​survey that assessed President Randy Dunn's performance​ he originally claim​ed​ to have been lost. Johnson now says the results were largely positive but he won’t release those survey results to the public​, claiming the university attorney should decide whether it is a public document​.

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Higher Education
3:16 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

EKU Selects Michael Benson as Next President

After a two-hour, closed-door meeting, regents at Eastern Kentucky University today named a new president.  Dr. Michael Benson will leave the top job at Southern Utah University and take over at EKU.  Board of Regents Chairman Craig Turner is “delighted” with Benson’s selection.

“I think his even-keeled demeanor, as we put it, will be accepted very easily here on campus, and we think he’s got the leadership qualities that we’re looking for,” said Turner.

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Education
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Grant Available for Kentucky Adult Students

Credit newgre.org

Kentucky higher education officials say some adult students may be eligible for student aid known as the Go Higher Grant with awards as much as $1,000.

The grants are for students 24 or older who are enrolled less than half-time at a participating Kentucky college or university and are seeking their first undergraduate degree.

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Education
6:19 am
Fri April 5, 2013

ACLU Looking Into Outside Groups in Kentucky Schools

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has sent open records requests to all 174 public school superintendents in the state seeking information about how outside organizations and people are granted access to elementary schools during school hours to distribute religious or other literature to students.

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Higher Education
8:14 am
Thu April 4, 2013

MSU President Speaks Out Regarding Ad-Hoc Contract Review Committee Report

Hear the full interview with MSU President Dunn

Murray State University President Randy Dunn is speaking out publicly for the first time regarding a draft report from a Board of Regents ad-hoc contract review committee. The report depicts university progress and/or lack thereof during Dunn’s six year tenure. Faculty Senate and Staff Congress members questioned board chairman Dr. Constantine Curris about many aspects of the report this week. Curris stands by the work. Dunn takes issue with a number of elements, “I think on the academic performance side, to some degree, there was a little bit of cherry picking that went on to make a worse case than what exists,” Dunn said.

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