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NKU economics professor earns national recognition from Southern Economic Association

Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani has received the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Economic Association (SEA), a national recognition for his contributions to economics education. Al-Bahrani is the director of the Center for Economic Education (CEE) and an associate professor of Economics in the Haile/US Bank College of Business at NKU. His...

CPE new data-driven assessment of academic programs to emphasize jobs, market demand

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has launched a new data-driven assessment of academic programs to help ensure they align with the state’s strategic goals and prepare students for career success in the evolving marketplace. CPE is partnering with Gray Associates, a nationally recognized consulting and analytics firm, to conduct the review. Gray’s program evaluation system provides...

KDE advisory group wants to break down barriers to identifying, serving gifted andtalented students

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Barriers to equity in identifying gifted and talented students still exist in Kentucky’s public schools, members of the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education (SACGTE) said during their meeting last week. The advisory council sought to identify remaining barriers for discussion, with the intent of finding...

Dr. Ande Durojaiye to become NKU’s interim provost, VP for Academic Affairs as Sue Ott Rowlands retires

Northern Kentucky University has selected Dr. Ande Durojaiye to serve as the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs effective Jan. 1, 2021. He will assume the post from Sue Ott Rowlands, who is stepping down at the end of the year. NKU announced that the timeline for the search to replace Rowlands has been extended due to scheduling conflicts. Ande Durojaiye Durojaiye joined...

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs applications for summer program accepted until Jan. 25


The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), a residential summer program where Kentucky teens focus on product innovation and business model design, has opened applications for its summer 2021 program. The 2021 GSE session will take place June 6 through June 26, 2021, at Northern Kentucky University. Students currently in ninth, 10th and 11th grade can apply at www.KentuckyGSE.com. Applications...

Gateway, Learning Grove modify in-house childcare offerings for students during COVID-19 pandemic

Prior to COVID-19, Gateway Community & Technical College partnered with Learning Grove, formerly Children, Inc., to offer an in-house childcare facility at the Edgewood campus for Gateway students. Since most classes have been moved to a live-streamed or online format, the need for childcare on campus changed. Gateway now can provide childcare vouchers to eligible enrolled students. Community...

NKU Health Innovation accelerator showcases cohort during inaugural Demo Day tonight at 6 p.m.

Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation celebrates the first five local startups to graduate from its health innovation accelerator, SoCap Accelerate, at the inaugural Demo Day tonight (Nov. 19) at 6 p.m. Demo Day showcases how each startup is pioneering ways to address the region’s health problems. The cohort has spent the past six weeks connecting with leaders...

Thomas More holding virtual open house Dec. 2-3 for accelerated and graduate programs

Thomas More University is holding a virtual open house Dec. 2-3 for its accelerated and graduate programs. The schedule of events and topics is listed below: VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE   • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the Dec. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. session   • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the Dec. 3 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. session Here are the programs you will hear about:   ETHICAL LEADERSHIP Be the...

CPE report shows Kentucky colleges and universities make substantial progress toward education goals

Kentucky colleges and universities continued to make substantial progress toward the state’s educational attainment goals in 2019-20, exceeding targets for both STEM+H degrees and degrees among underrepresented minority students. According to the latest figures from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, production of undergraduate credentials rose 3.3 percent compared to the prior year....

Gateway offers four-week classes during winter session; online courses run from Dec. 15 -Jan. 12

Gateway Community & Technical College is offering students a chance to complete additional classes during winter break with a winter session. Gateway’s winter session is available for current and visiting students who are looking to complete general education classes and to get ahead and finish a degree earlier. The winter session has convenient online classes, easy to fit in during the holiday...

Voices from Classroom: Unforgettable year for new teacher, hoping for long non-pandemic career

By Kyle Fitzgerald Dayton High School The challenges that first-year teachers face are many. Grading papers, contacting parents, managing classrooms, and checking emails are enough to make any newbie’s head spin. With a pandemic that has lasted three quarters of a calendar year and a general, harrowing uncertainty about the near future of in-person instruction, however, these feelings of anxiety...

Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests open to students of all ages in Kentucky

Students of all ages can explore Kentucky’s mighty oaks through this year’s Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests.  The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in cooperation with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation sponsor the annual contest and provide materials that can be used in classrooms or at home to help students learn...

Covington, Boone schools announce remote-only learning as both counties are in red zones for COVID

The superintendent of Covington Independent Public Schools announced that remote-only learning will stay in play until January and the superintendent of Boone County Schools has announced that remote learning only will be in place starting Monday. Supt. Alvin Garrison had hoped to return to in-person learning but has decided it is not possible as COVID spreads and Kenton County is in the red zone for...

NKU President Dr. Ashish Vaidya elected to AASCU Board of Directors; will serve three-year term

Northern Kentucky University President Dr. Ashish Vaidya has been elected to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Board of Directors. Vaidya will serve a three-year term in the role. AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities and systems. Like NKU, these institutions embrace a student-centered culture that...

Thomas More University honors veterans with ceremony, dedication of flag pole, and student essays

Thomas More University held a ceremony in observance of Veterans Day outside the Center for Adult and Professional Education (CAPE) Building to unveil a new flagpole and honor veterans. The ceremony included remarks from President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., Veteran and Thomas More alumnus Jesse Neack ’20, and Veteran and Thomas More faculty Jack Rudnick, Jr., Ed.D., and was emceed by Veteran and Vice...