higher education

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University is bracing for “a difficult legislative session” next year that could see another decline in state appropriation to higher education. In a ‘State of the University’ Address on Tuesday President Bob Davies touted recent successes and described ongoing pressures.

Updated at 12:01 ET Nov. 16

There are a lot of anxious graduate students at universities around the country right now.

That's because to help pay for more than $1 trillion in tax cuts for U.S. corporations, the House Republican tax plan would raise taxes on grad students in a very big way. These students make very little money to begin with. And many would have to pay about half of their modest student stipends in taxes.

In his new novel Origin, Dan Brown (most famous for The Da Vinci Code), describes his protagonist Robert Langdon's approach to the conundrum of students' devotion to personal tech devices in the classroom.

Langdon is, Brown writes, "one of several Harvard professors who now used portable cell-jamming technology to render their lecture halls 'dead zones' and keep students off their devices during class."

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Murray State University is gearing up for autumn Homecoming celebrations. Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies on Sounds Good about some of the highlights, planning for proposed pension reform and budgetary pressures, a recent lecture on diversity, health services considerations and faculty accomplishments.

Stu Johnson, WEKU News

A Harvard University economics professor says universities are responsible for seeking ways to benefit all citizens in their college towns. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

University of Kentucky’s president said the university has two areas of focus that are essential to a thriving economy: well-prepared graduates and becoming a research and development engine. President Eli Capilouto addressed members of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

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Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for state higher education officials to eliminate some college degree programs if they don’t graduate students who can go into high-demand jobs. In a speech earlier this week, he specifically called out students majoring in “interpretive dance,” a program that isn’t technically offered in Kentucky. Despite this rhetoric, many still believe there’s room for fine arts and liberal arts majors in Kentucky’s state universities.

"What would it mean to redesign higher education for the intellectual space travel students need to thrive in the world we live in now?"

That is one of the provocative questions that opens Cathy Davidson's latest book, The New Education. And unlike some of the journalists and business figures who have taken previous swings at that piñata, Davidson has a full career of research and practice to inform her abundance of answers.

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

Gov. Matt Bevin has laid down a challenge to Kentucky's public university boards: consider cutting some academic programs that don't fill high-demand jobs.

Dr. Bob Davies, Murray State University

Another academic year at Murray State University is underway. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with President Bob Davies about his outlook for the semester and the freshmen class, enrollment numbers, how university presidents are addressing the public pension issue, infrastructure needs and health services.

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