FRANKFORT — The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded $485,000 in federal funds to support four projects to improve P-12 educator quality. The action came at the Council’s meeting Friday at Gateway Community and Technical College.
The University of Kentucky, Morehead State University and Northern Kentucky University will receive the Improving Educator Quality (IEQ) funds.
Council President Bob King said, “We are delighted that our campuses are expanding their focus on preparing teachers to be more effective in areas critical to the growth of our state’s economy.”
To be eligible, a partnership must include a postsecondary institution’s school of arts and sciences, its teacher preparation program and at least one high-need local school district.
The projects, lead institutions and grant awards are listed below.
*Designing Mathematics and Science Project-Based Environments: Spanning Astronomical and Atomic Spaces, University of Kentucky: $123,000-Year 2.
*Engineering Authentic Experiences in the Next Generation Science Classroom, Morehead State University: $125,000-Year 2.
*FLIP-EKY: Flipping Mathematics & Science Classrooms in Eastern Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University: $112,000-Year 2.
*STEM PRIDE, Partnering with Research, Industries to Develop (STEM) Educators for College and Career Readiness, University of Kentucky: $125,000-Year 2.
In other business, Dr. Chris Bollinger of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) presented the results of his study, “The Effects of Education across Kentucky’s Economy.”
The CBER report found that Kentucky’s lower education levels cost the state and citizens over $900 million annually. According to the study, increasing educational attainment to the national average would generate up to a $500 million gain in increased state tax revenues and $200 million per year would be saved from the reduction in Medicaid expenditures. Businesses and citizens would save a projected $200 million annually in the reduction of health care costs associated with chronic disease and over $3 million annually through a reduction in the costs of crime.
In other business, the Council:
*Approved the Bachelor of Science in Digital Media and Design from the University of Kentucky.
*Received the results of the Council agency audit that showed no findings or recommendations.
*Heard the following reports: CPE President, Commissioner of Education, University of Kentucky performance presentation, 2016-2021 strategic agenda plan, Committee on Equal Opportunities and GEAR UP Kentucky. Reports were available from the institutions.
Judge Jeffrey Smith, Boone County District Court Judge, administered the oath of office to student member Elizabeth Ruwe, a graduate student at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in metropolitan governance.
Chair Glenn Denton appointed Ruwe to the Committee on Equal Opportunities. He appointed members Joe Ellis, Dennis Jackson and Donna Moore to the Nominating Committee, which will present nominations for Council chair and vice chair in February.
The next meeting of the Council will be a business meeting and retreat on Feb. 11-12, 2016, at the UK Lexmark Center, Lexington.