higher education

Afternoon Round-Up 4/12/12

Apr 12, 2012
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Today on NPR: New research shows that first-graders and baboons have at least one thing in common.

State Governments:

Kentucky House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a massive road construction plan.

It is our monthly conversation with Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn.

For our first segment Dr. Dunn addresses his plan to brace for a $3.2 million dollar state funding cut. He also addresses the MSU Board of Regents decision to nix a library project that would have used student fees to finance the project.  Dr. Dunn also discusses how the state budget outlook could halt any major planned construction for some time.

The second segment airs on Front Page Sunday.  The both segments are available on demand here.

A new report says college students in America are a trillion dollars in debt. Kentucky has seen a similar increase where annual student-debt climbed from $324 million in 1999 to almost $1.2 billion a decade later. Erin Klarer, who’s a vice president with Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, still says taking on such debt can sometimes be the right choice.

“You know we don’t want to blanket that all debt is bad but we do at KHEAA we want to encourage responsible borrowing,” said Klarer.

Students from all eight of Kentucky’s public universities have once again descended onFrankfort with a familiar message… stop cutting higher education.

At the annual Rally for Higher Education today, the messages were familiar. Students called on lawmakers to restore or increase funding for higher education. In one of the toughest budget cycles yet, that call is once again likely to go unanswered. But that didn’t stop students like Eastern Kentucky University junior Tyler Goodridge from demonstrating.