higher education

Liz Schlemmer

University of Louisville sophomore Henny Ransdell says many college students have trouble affording food at one point or another. For her, it was while working a part-time job on campus over summer break.

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When asked if he would support more funding for higher education in the next budget, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said the state has “a finite amount of money.”

A seismic generational shift is underway on college campuses across the globe.  With fewer college age students to pull from, the competition for enrollment and retention is intense. 

Jeff Kallay is CEO of Render Experiences, a national consulting firm specializing in the college experience.  He says services are the new amenities for Gen-X parents and their post-9/11 Gen-Z students.

“Academic advising, career services...so services that keep my son or daughter happy, healthy, and on target to graduate on time and to have an outcome to the next level of post professional school or graduate school or getting that job."


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Leaders of Kentucky’s public and private universities and colleges gathered Tuesday for the 2018 Postsecondary Education Symposium.

Murray State University

Murray State's interim president says the university has to reach the "right size" with regard to enrollment to preserve its identity. Bob Jackson is in his second week in his new role and one of his challenges is to turn around declining enrollment. At a Chamber of Commerce breakfast with business leaders in Murray on Tuesday, Jackson outlined outreach opportunities and called on the community to help.

U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Airman 1st Class Trevor Rhynes

A new report from progressive nonprofit The Education Trust studied degree attainment among Latino, black and white adults in the country. 

Justin Napier is exactly the kind of community college graduate Tennessee was hoping for.

In high school, Napier didn't have his eye on college. In fact, he had a job lined up working on race cars after graduation. But in the spring of 2014, a year before Napier graduated, Gov. Bill Haslam announced a plan to make community college free for graduating high school seniors, part of a broader plan to dramatically increase the number of adults in Tennessee with college credentials. It was called, grandly, the Tennessee Promise.

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The Murray State University Board of Regents has authorized a 3% increase in tuition and mandatory fees for the next academic year. The board voted on the increase and approved other rates in a special meeting on Friday. Student Regent Tori Wood voted against the rate increases.

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Budget recommendations for "a year that's more difficult than normal," as Murray State University Regent Dan Kemp described it, was presented in summary form during a special meeting of the Board’s Finance Committee on Tuesday. Kemp chairs the committee that brought forth, for discussion purposes, budget proposals for the next fiscal year. Recommendations won't be officially adopted until board approval at the June meeting.

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'Privatized' was the word Murray State University President Bob Davies repeated in a town hall forum on Friday addressing the budget and tuition.

The landscape of higher education is facing significant business model changes, said Murray State President Bob Davies, pointing to declining state appropriations as well as increased competition for students due to performance funding and other factors.

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