KSU’s request granted for no tuition increase this year

KSU logo Kentucky State University
Photo Courtesy: KSU

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Council on Postsecondary Education approved four academic programs, a university proposal not to increase tuition and mandatory fees, and an interim capital project request at its meeting Friday.

The new academic programs include three undergraduate programs and one master’s program:

- Advertisement -

-Bachelor of Science degree in space systems engineering for Morehead State University

-Bachelor of Arts degree in global languages for Murray State University

-Bachelor of Arts degree in African American and Africana studies for the University of Kentucky, and

-Master of Science degree in forensic toxicology and analytical genetics for the University of Kentucky.

In other action items, the Council:

-Approved Kentucky State University’s proposal not to increase tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduates for the 2019-2020 academic year.

-Authorized Murray State University’s interim capital project request to partially renovate the Blackburn Science Building using $3.1 million in agency-restricted funds.

-Re-elected Sherrill Zimmerman as Council chair and Ben Brandstetter as vice chair for 2019.

-Approved a resolution commending Kathryn S. Akers, who resigned as director of the Kentucky Center of Education and Workforce Statistics to accept a new position as assistant vice chancellor for education and business intelligence at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.

Council also heard the annual performance report for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System from KCTCS President Jay Box. Among the highlights:

-Three-year graduation rates increased from 25.5 percent in 2014-15 to 31 percent in 2017-18, which also includes significant gains in underrepresented minorities and low-income students.

-Students participating in dual credit increased from 11,784 students to 16,573 over the same time period.

-Even with a four-year decrease in enrollment, KCTCS increased degrees and credentials from 30,012 to 35,418 from 2014-15 to 2017-18.

-Average net cost declined from previous years as a result of strategic investments, including scholarships for the Work Ready program and a scholarship incentive program for students completing 15 credit hours in a semester and registering for 15 hours in the subsequent term.

In other reports, the Council:

-Heard the second annual progress report on Kentucky State University’s management and improvement plan from KSU President Christopher Brown. Required in the 2016-18 budget bill, the update included information regarding KSU’s continuing efforts to improve institutional effectiveness and efficiency.

-Heard a report on Kentucky’s Business-Education Roundtable and the Chamber’s Talent Pipeline Initiative by Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

Council also heard reports from the Council president, Commissioner of Education, and reports on the legislative session, expiration of administrative regulations, reorganization of adult education and Committee on Equal Opportunities.

The next meeting of the Council will be April 24-25.

Meeting materials are available at http://cpe.ky.gov/aboutus/cpemeetings.html.

Previous articleHouse receives bill that would expand use of KEES money
Next articleVolunteer to coordinate a Great American Cleanup event
Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently anchors ABC 36 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Tom has more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills. Tom has ten other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. Tom was the first broadcast journalist in Lexington TV history to be awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS. It recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25-years or more. Tom was honored for more than his longevity, he was recognized for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting high standards of achievement. He was also recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor, educator and volunteer. Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports. Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence. Tom has lived in Lexington since 1984. In that time, he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups, with a special emphasis on helping Veterans. He can be reached at tkenny@wtvq.com. You can also follow Tom on Facebook www.facebook.com/TomKennyABC and Twitter @TomKennyNews. Just click on the links at the top of the page.