University of Kentucky Raises Tuition, Fees

University of Kentucky officials have proposed an increase in mandatory housing and meal fees. That’s on top of a plan to raise tuition six percent. At a budget form today, university treasurer Angie Martin announced that next year’s students will pay nine percent more for on-campus housing and an additional three percent for their meal plan. Although faculty and staff will receive their first pay raise in three years, Martin says some departments will have their budgets cut by 2.5 percent, despite the extra revenue from fee increases.

The budget proposal will raise the overall cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, to $15,880 per year, per student. It will be submitted to the university’s Board of Trustees on May 3rd.

UK Presidential Search Committee Finishes Interviews

The group charged with hiring the next president for the University of Kentucky has finished three days’ worth of interviews and says the
list of candidates will be whittled down to five or fewer by April 11th. UK Board of Trustees Chair Brit Brockman says those candidates
who have made the initial cut can look forward to a comprehensive vetting process.

Leadership Responds to Criticism of Higher Education Cuts

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky’s legislative leaders continue to push back against criticism of proposed funding cuts to higher education. Two percent cuts to universities and community colleges aren’t sitting well with the presidents of the schools, who say layoffs may be unavoidable. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says these are tough times… Continue reading Leadership Responds to Criticism of Higher Education Cuts

Lawmakers Finish University Budget Reviews

Kentucky House committee reviews of university budgets have concluded in Frankfort, with appearances by the presidents of the state’s two largest universities. It’s been 13 years since passage of higher education reforms and University of Kentucky President Lee Todd is again calling for bold new thinking. Take capital projects, for instance. Todd says lawmakers want… Continue reading Lawmakers Finish University Budget Reviews

Daniels Announces More Budget Cuts

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says a continuing decline in tax revenue has forced the state to impose more spending cuts. Daniels announced Friday that Indiana will cut $150 million in funding for state colleges and universites to close the budget gap. He says university leaders will work with the commission for higher education in deciding… Continue reading Daniels Announces More Budget Cuts

New CPE Chief Begins Work

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The new president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is on the job. After a nationwide search, the CPE hired Robert King, former chancellor of the State University of New York, as its new president. King, who headed an Arizona charitable foundation after leaving New York, had until… Continue reading New CPE Chief Begins Work