higher education

Bill Haslam, via Facebook

In a move that will transform higher education in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that overhauls the governing boards of some of the state's universities.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS - courtesy of Pogue Library

Decades before the construction of Murray State in Calloway County, there existed a college farther west in Hickman County, called Marvin College, and later Marvin University School. Vice President Alben Barkley is perhaps the most notable alumni. The Marvin special collection at Pogue Library, albeit small, may very well be the most substantial about this largely forgotten turn-of-the-last-century higher ed institution.

Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons

  Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has significantly altered the makeup of the Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee. The seven member council recommends appointments to Bevin for members of state university governing boards.

We all know that American college education isn't cheap. But it turns out that it's even less cheap if you look at the numbers more closely.

That's what the Wisconsin HOPE Lab did. The lab, part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, conducted four studies to figure out the true price of college.

To get a sense of student realities, researchers interviewed students on college campuses across the state of Wisconsin. But they also examined 6,604 colleges nationally and compared their costs with regional cost-of-living data from the government.

Kentucky House Democrats, via Twitter

Several presidents of Kentucky colleges and universities testified Thursday in Frankfort at a hearing aimed at getting their input on Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed cuts to higher education funding.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

UPDATE: The march is now set for Thursday, February 25. The event was originally scheduled for February 29, but organizers decided to change the date to a day when lawmakers would convene at 2 p.m. rather than 4 p.m.

KCTCS

Kentucky’s improving economy is driving steep declines in community college enrollment, but the head of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System says those schools are not losing their relevance. In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Dr. Jay Box said community colleges remain key in building a stronger workforce which translates into a stronger middle class.

Alix Mattingly, WFPL

Governor Matt Bevin is not backing away from his proposed funding cuts for public higher education institutions across Kentucky. 

Seifler, Wikimedia Commons

Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed higher education cuts came under review during a house budget subcommittee meeting Thursday. 

The governor is suggesting trimming university budgets by nine percent over the next two years.  

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Gov. Matt Bevin said on Tuesday he would issue a 4.5 percent spending cut for the rest of this fiscal year to nearly all state agencies, including state universities. He also proposed cutting spending by 9 percent for the next two years.

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