OJ Oleka named President of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

OJ Oleka will assume the role of AIKCU President on December 1, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (November 7, 2019) — After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) has named OJ Oleka as its next president. Oleka, who currently serves as Chief of Staff for Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, will assume his duties as AIKCU president on December 1. Oleka succeeds Gary S. Cox, Ph.D., who is retiring after serving as AIKCU president since 1997.

“The search process was a difficult one that included several outstanding candidates,” said University of Pikeville president Dr. Burton Webb, who co-chaired the search process. “OJ’s passion for higher education, his work advocating for those things in which he believes, and his strong relationships within the legislature will be incredible assets for AIKCU in the years to come.”

Oleka brings a deep understanding of higher education and workforce issues to his new role at AIKCU. Earlier this year Oleka was appointed by Governor Bevin to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and he has served on a number of state and local workgroups, boards, and committees focused on education and workforce issues. 

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as president of AIKCU and work alongside our member institutions to create a new vision for independent higher education in Kentucky,” Oleka said in a statement. “Expanding access to higher education, advocating affordability for every student, and communicating to the legislature and business community how our institutions are essential to Kentucky’s economic and workforce needs will be the foundation of our success. I am fully prepared to lead that effort.”

Oleka is slated to earn a Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education in 2020 from Bellarmine University, where he previously earned an MBA. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville, where he served as student body president and chaired the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents. 

In addition to his experience working with policymakers as Chief of Staff in the Kentucky State Treasurer’s office, Oleka has directed campaign operations for a statewide gubernatorial campaign. He has served as an adjunct professor and published in peer-reviewed and popular publications. His education experience extends to the K-12 level, where he served Teach for America first as a corps member teaching in an under-resourced public school and later as a regional recruiter.

“The search committee selected OJ from a strong pool of candidates, and I am confident he will provide exceptional leadership to AIKCU and our members during these challenging times,” said outgoing AIKCU President Cox. “I feel good about the fact that I’m leaving the organization in capable hands.” 

Oleka takes over a strong member organization representing the interests of Kentucky’s 18 four-year nonprofit private colleges and universities. During Dr. Cox’s 22-year tenure AIKCU merged the operations of its two precursor organizations, the Kentucky Independent College Foundation and the Council for Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities; enhanced the role of private colleges in Kentucky’s education policy arena; substantially increased collaborative activities among members; and saw Kentucky Lottery-funded financial aid distributions to private college students grow from just over $10 million to more than $60 million per year.

“Dr. Gary Cox has been the consummate professional in leading our association of private higher education institutions in Kentucky for more than two decades. He has faithfully represented the diversity of our private colleges and universities while helping us to collectively tell our story of the role we play in enriching the quality of life in Kentucky and beyond,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University and chair of the AIKCU Board of Directors. “Dr. Cox’s service has not been to just private higher education. He has worked alongside the leaders of our public universities and colleges in a manner that has enriched our Commonwealth. All of us on the Board wish Dr. Cox the very best in the days ahead!”

2017 spring commencements announced

As the spring semester winds down, our member institutions are preparing to celebrate their graduates’ accomplishments at spring commencements.

Commencement speakers this year include civil rights leader and current U.S. Representative Congressman John Lewis, New York Times bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance, national and community leaders, and institutional presidents.

This list of Spring 2017 commencement information for Kentucky private colleges will be updated as additional information becomes available.


Alice Lloyd College

Saturday, May 6

12:15 PM


Asbury University

Saturday, May 6

APS/Graduate Commencement: 10:00 AM

Undergraduate Commencement: 2:00 PM

Speaker: Commissioner David Jeffrey, National Commander, The Salvation Army National Headquarters


Bellarmine University

Saturday, May 13

9:00 AM

Clayton Field in the Owsley Brown Frazier Stadium (Severe weather location: Knights Hall)

Speaker: Elmcroft Senior Living Chairman and CEO Pat Mulloy

Honorary Degrees: Honorary doctorates for Pat Mulloy, Leonard Spalding and Susan Spalding

Pat Mulloy to speak at Bellarmine’s spring commencement


Berea College

Sunday, May 7

2:00 PM

Seabury Center

Speaker: U.S. Representative John Lewis, Georgia 5th District

Honorary Degree: Congressman John Lewis


Brescia University

Saturday, May 6

10:00 AM CT

RiverPark Center, Owensboro

Speaker: Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)


Campbellsville University

Graduate Commencements:

Friday, May 12

4:00 PM

Ransdell Chapel

Number of graduates: 116 Master’s students

Friday, May 12

7:00 PM

Ransdell Chapel

Number of graduates: 167 Master’s students

Undergraduate Commencements:

Saturday, May 13

9:00 AM

Speaker: The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate

Number of graduates: 140 Bachelor of Science Undergraduate Students

Noon

Powell Athletic Center
Speaker: The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate

Honorary degree: The Honorable Max Wise, Kentucky State Senator, 16th Senatorial District, 1997 Campbellsville University graduate, Honorary doctorate of Public Service

Number of graduates: 128 Associate and other Undergraduate Students

Campbellsville University to graduate record-number of graduates in May of 558; 760 for academic year


Centre College

Sunday, May 21

3:00 PM

Newlin Hall, Norton Center for the Arts

Speaker: J.D. Vance, New York Times best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy

Honorary Degree: J.D. Vance


Georgetown College

Saturday, May 13

10:00 AM

Giddings Lawn (Rain location: Davis-Reid Alumni Gym)

Speaker: Dr. Ralph D. West, founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls (Brookhollow Baptist Church, Houston, TX)

Honorary Degree: William H. McIntyre, local historian


Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, May 6

10:00 AM

Lusby Center Gymnasium

Speaker: Dr. Marvin Elliott


Kentucky Wesleyan College

Saturday, April 29

10:00 AM

Owensboro Convention Center

Speaker: Brian Kelley, former chief executive officer, president and director of Keurig Green Mountain

The Path to Success: Kentucky Wesleyan class of 2017 graduates at convention center

126 degrees awarded


Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, May 13


Midway University

Saturday, May 13

11:00 AM

Graves Amphitheater on Midway campus

Speaker: Susan Martinelli Shea, Lexington Legends owner and philanthropist


Spalding University

Saturday, June 3

10:00 AM

Canaan Christian Church

Speaker: President Tori Murden McClure

Honorary Degree: Lonnie Ali


Thomas More College

Graduate Commencement

Friday, May 12

5:00 PM

Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel

Undergraduate Commencement

Saturday, May 13

11:30 AM

Connor Convocation Center


Transylvania University

Saturday, May 27

9:00 AM

Old Morrison Lawn (Rain Location: Beck Center)

Speaker: Bill Farmer, President and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass


Union College

Sunday, May 7

10:30 AM

John M. Robsion Jr. Arena

Speaker: Bishop Leonard Fairley, United Methodist Church resident Bishop of the Louisville Episcopal Area


University of the Cumberlands

Saturday, May 6

Undergraduate Commencement: 10:00 AM

Graduate Commencement: 6:00 PM

O. Wayne Rollins Center

Speaker: Dr. Larry L. Cockrum, University of the Cumberlands president


University of Pikeville

Saturday, May 20

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement

9:30 AM

East Kentucky Expo Center

Speaker: David O. Barbe, M.D.,MHA, Board-certified family physician and president-elect of the American Medical Association

Honorary Degree: Dr. Barbe, Doctor of Science

University of Pikeville Commencement

2:00 PM

East Kentucky Expo Center

Speaker: Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N. Ed.D., Maj. Gen., USAF, Ret., Former Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans

Honorary Degree: Dr. Trowell-Harris, Doctor of Humane Letters

New study reveals nonprofit private colleges add $700 million to Kentucky economy annually

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Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities add $700 million to the Kentucky economy each year and are responsible for creating nearly 10,600 Kentucky jobs, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU).

The economic impact report underscores the public benefits that a healthy private college sector provides to the commonwealth, calling the nonprofit private college sector both “one of the greatest economic and social bargains for the residents and taxpayers of Kentucky” and “one of Kentucky’s primary economic engines.”

Altogether, AIKCU’s 18 members are responsible for 10,588 Kentucky jobs with average salaries of nearly $49,000 per year (inclusive of benefits). The report breaks down the $700 million annual economic activity attributed to the private nonprofit college sector into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects as follows:

  • $404 million in direct effects from the employment of private college faculty and staff. AIKCU members directly employed 6,755 people (4,864 full-time,1,891 part-time) in 2014-15, with average wages (inclusive of benefits) of $53,674
  • $121 million in indirect effects, resulting from the purchase of goods and services necessary for the colleges’ operations. These indirect effects created 1,400 Kentucky jobs, with the average annual salary for these suppliers estimated at $38,915 (inclusive of benefits).
  • $175 million in induced effects resulting from the Kentucky economy’s response to the private colleges, with re-spending of the income received at the direct and indirect stages. This induced spending created another 2,443 Kentucky jobs with an average salary of $40,613 (inclusive of benefits)

These economic effects are felt throughout the state, with 85% of Kentucky’s population residing within a one hour drive of at least one private college. And although these nonprofit colleges are themselves tax-exempt, the report estimates their economic effects generate $24 million in Kentucky state and local taxes and $98 million in federal tax revenue annually.

“While this report doesn’t even attempt to measure our biggest contributions to the Commonwealth — the increased knowledge, civic engagement, and earning power of our graduates — it highlights the critical role our colleges play as employers, nonprofit businesses, and job creators throughout Kentucky,” said Gary S. Cox, president of the Association of Independent Ky. Colleges and Universities.

The AIKCU economic impact estimate employs a more narrow methodology than some other higher education economic impact studies. It does not factor in what the author identifies as “perhaps the greatest benefit AIKCU’s member institutions provide for the state of Kentucky” — the human capital that private college alumni add to the commonwealth’s economy through higher wages, increased tax revenue, improved health outcomes, and other factors. It also excludes the non-recurring economic benefits from capital construction projects; spending by students, alumni and visitors to the colleges other than tuition; the value of research, grant, or community service activities; and of course the many intangible social and cultural benefits these institutions provide their communities.

The AIKCU study was conducted by a practicing economist with more than 30 years experience in the field of economic development and updates a 2014 study by the same author. The report utilizes 2014-15 employment and wage data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (the most current data publicly available). This focus on the institutions’ recurring economic benefits derived from annual operations parallels the process many state governments use to evaluate the appropriateness of economic development incentives for new or existing businesses.

Download the full AIKCU 2014-15 Economic Impact Report.

AIKCU members fare well in U.S. News rankings

AIKCU members have again fared well in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The U.S. News rankings are arguably the most recognizable and influential among the ever-growing roster of college rankings.

U.S. News separates its rankings into categories based on mission and Carnegie classifications. Once an institution is assigned to a category, U.S. News uses “data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence” to come up with a composite score for that institution before ranking all the colleges or universities within a category against their peers. (See: How U.S. News Calculated the 2016 Best Colleges Rankings.)

AIKCU members appear in the rankings under three different categories: National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities South, and Regional Colleges South.

Three AIKCU members ranked among the Top 100 National Liberal Arts Colleges: Centre College at #45, Berea College at #67, and Transylvania University at #82. Georgetown College was also ranked.

Five AIKCU member were named among the Top Regional Universities in the South: Bellarmine University at #13, Thomas More College at #53, Union College at #83, Campbellsville University at #84, and University of the Cumberlands at #87.

Six AIKCU members were ranked in the Top Regional Colleges in the South: Asbury University at #3, Kentucky Wesleyan College at #27, Alice Lloyd College at #30, Brescia University at #50, Midway University at #54, and Kentucky Christian University at #58.

For the complete lists, visit the U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Colleges Rankings.

AIKCU launches Intern Scholarship Program thanks to grant from Council of Independent Colleges

AIKCU has been awarded a $25,000 Scholarship Challenge Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges to provide scholarship support for to low-income students pursuing an internship during the 2015-16 academic year.

AIKCU recently completed raising the required matching funds from private sources, bringing the total amount available to support the 2015-16 AIKCU Intern Scholarship Program to $50,000.

One low-income student at each of the 19 AIKCU member institutions will receive a $2,632 stipend to help with additional expenses incurred while completing an internship experience during the 2015-16 academic year.

“Meaningful internships give students the experience they need and help graduates, especially those in the liberal arts, be more competitive in the job market,” said Gary S. Cox, AIKCU president. “Unfortunately, the additional expenses associated with completing an internship, from travel expenses to purchasing a professional wardrobe, can add up to put these experiences out of reach for students who would benefit the most.”

Students interested in the new Intern Scholarship should contact their institution’s office of career services.

AIKCU member institutions are responsible for identifying the recipient on their campuses. Students must be low-income — as verified by their receipt of a Pell Grant, CAP grant, or Kentucky Tuition Grant — and in good academic standing. The stipend may not be used to replace other external or institutional aid. Institutions are responsible for verifying student qualifications and internship placement and completion.

For more details, see the AIKCU Intern Scholarship Application.

Brescia SGA President to represent AIKCU students on Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents

Brescia SGA President CJ BrightOWENSBORO, Ky. – Brescia University Student Government Association president Carleigh “C.J.” Bright has been appointed by the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) to represent students from Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges and universities on the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents.

Bright is a senior political science major who hails from Gilbertsville in Marshall County, which she describes as “between Possum Trot and Monkey’s Eyebrow.” She plans to attend law school after graduation.

The Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents was formally established by state statute in 2013 to advise the legislative and executive branches of state government and the Council on Postsecondary Education regarding postsecondary education issues and the concerns of college students. The Board is composed of the student body presidents from Kentucky’s eight public universities, two representatives from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and a nonprofit private college representative selected by AIKCU.

As the voice for private college students on the Board, Bright hopes to bring increased attention to the importance of funding for state financial aid programs and explore potential areas of collaboration between institutions.

“I am really excited about getting the opportunity to share ideas with peers from other institutions,” said Bright. “Also, I’m excited to get to represent Brescia.”

In addition to serving as the president of Brescia’s Student Government Association, Bright has been an Orientation Leader and Student Ambassador and held several other leadership roles on the Owensboro campus.

“C.J. is an exemplary student and the embodiment of what we call the Brescia difference,” said Father Larry Hostetter, Brescia University President. “Since arriving at Brescia as a freshman, C.J. has been actively involved in campus life, serving in various leadership roles. Her positivity and servant leadership will serve her well in her role on the Kentucky Board of Student Body Presidents. We are proud to have her representing Brescia University and look forward to her contributions.”

Higher Ed Headlines: Friday, August 17

Here’s a curated look at some of the stories we were following this week. Remember, you can find these archived online on our Newsroom page or get them in real-time by subscribing to our Delicious feed or following @aikcu on Twitter.

A new report out of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, “The College Advantage,” says that the recession has proved the value of a college degree beyond a shadow of a doubt.

 How the Great Recession Proved, Beyond a Doubt, the Value of a College Degree (The Atlantic)

A Degree Still Matters (InsideHigherEd.com)

Discussing the College Advantage – a podcast with study co-author and the president of the Lumina Foundation (InsideHigherEd.com)

In an Economic Storm, a College Degree Is Still the Best Umbrella (Chronicle Choice Blog)

On the political front, Governor Mitt Romney announced last weekend that Representative Paul Ryan would be his running mate. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed both looked at Ryan’s record and what they may signal for higher education.

Paul Ryan’s views and record on higher education (InsideHigherEd.com)

What Paul Ryan, Presumptive VP Nominee, Could Mean for Higher Education (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Last week we posted three articles about the ways liberal arts colleges are adapting and innovating. This week we’re offering up three more. Inside Higher Ed examined how two liberal arts colleges in Minnesota are trying to build new sources of revenue through “edupreneurism.” The second article here looks at efforts by our sister organization in Rhode Island to connect private college graduates with RI startup companies. And the third link below looks at Transy‘s innovative new ‘First Engagements’ 3-week August term for first-year students.

‘Mission-Driven, Market-Smart’ (InsideHigherEd.com)

In Rhode Island, Building a bRIdge to the Knowledge Economy (New England Journal of Higher Education)

Transylvania University freshmen get early start on first semester (Kentucky.com)

Campuses are buzzing with activity as students move in (if they haven’t yet) and classes get ready to start. Look for more more updates over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

AIKCU commencement schedules announced

Commencement season is once again upon us. The first wave of spring graduates will walk across their respective stages this weekend and the festivities will continue at our campuses across Kentucky until early June.

Below are commencement details by institution. In the case of missing information, we will update those as they become available.

 

Alice Lloyd College

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 12:15 pm (Baccalaureate: 10:30 am)

Location: Grady Nutt Athletic Center

Baccalaureate Speaker: Reverend Glenn Noe

Commencement speaker: Dr. R. Bruce Bickel

Degrees to be awarded: 98

 

Asbury University

Date: Saturday, May 5

Time: Noon

Location: Luce Center

Commencement speaker: Kay Coles James, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under President George W. Bush and longtime corporate, nonprofit, and public service leader.

 

Berea College

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Seabury Center

Commencement Speaker: Parker J. Palmer, writer, teacher and social activist

Honorary degrees: Parker J. Palmer, honorary Doctor of Human Letters

Degrees to be awarded: 235

A live video stream can be viewed at http://www.berea.edu/commencement/2012.

 

Bellarmine University

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: Noon

Location: Knights Hall, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205

Commencement speaker: Gov. Steve Beshear

Honorary degrees: Governor Steve Beshear & Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels – honorary Doctor of Law degrees

Degrees to be awarded: 551 (449 undergrad, 102 grad)

 

Brescia University

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time(s): 10 a.m.

Location: RiverPark Center, 101 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303

Commencement speaker: Stacey Bess, Inspirational Author and Educator

Degrees to be awarded: 111 undergraduate, 9 graduate

 

Campbellsville University

Graduate Commencement:

Date: Friday, May 4, 2012

Time(s): 7 p.m.

Location: Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. 42718

Graduate Commencement speaker: Dr. Gary S. Cox, president of Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

Honorary degrees: Dr. Gary S. Cox, honorary doctorate of public service

Degrees to be awarded: 127 master’s degrees

Undergraduate Commencement:

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Powell Athletic Center, 203 Tiger Way, Campbellsville, KY 42718

Graduate Commencement speaker: Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Liberty

Degrees to be awarded: 30 associate degrees and 219 bachelor’s degrees for total of 249 (total of 376 for both ceremonies)

 

Centre College

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2012

Times: Baccalaureate at 11 a.m., Commencement at 3 p.m.

Location: Newlin Hall, 600 West Walnut Street, Danville, KY 40422

Speaker: Janet Brown, Executive Director of the Commission on Presidential Debates

Honorary degrees to be awarded. Janet Brown, honorary doctorate of humane letters

Degrees to be awarded: 287

 

Georgetown College

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Giddings Lawn (Inclement Weather location: Davis-Reid Alumni Gymnasium)

Speaker: Barry Munitz, former Chancellor of the California State University (CSU) and President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

 

Kentucky Christian University

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Lusby Center – Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY

Speaker: Mr. W. James Host, Chairman and CEO of iHigh.com, Lexington, KY.

Degrees to be awarded: 105 undergraduate, 7 graduate

 

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. (CDT)

Location: Hocker-Hall Grove (Alternate rain location: Woodward Health and Recreation Center)

Graduate Commencement speaker: Bracken Darrell, an Owensboro native and European businessman

Honorary degrees to be awarded: Bracken Darrell

Degrees to be awarded: 150

 

Lindsey Wilson College

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. (CDT)

Location: Biggers Sports Center

Commencement speaker: Wayne Meisel, Director of Faith and Service at the Cousins Foundation in Atlanta

Honorary degrees to be awarded: Wayne Meisel; Allan Parnell of Louisville, founder and CEO of Mister “P” Express and new LWC board chair; Sue Stivers of Columbia, community leader and longtime LWC Trustee

Degrees to be awarded: 158 this spring (445 total for the academic year)

 

Mid-Continent University

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 3 p.m. (CDT)

Location: Graves County High School

Commencement speaker: William Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda

Degrees to be awarded: Approximately 425

 

Midway College

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Midway College Amphitheater

Commencement speaker: Harvey Thomas, International Public Relations and Presentation Consultant

Degrees to be awarded: 380 graduates

 

St. Catharine College

Date: Saturday May 12, 2012

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Lourdes Hall, 2735 Bardstown, KY 40061

Commencement speaker: Margaret Ormond, OP – Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, Ohio

Degrees to be awarded:160

 

Spalding University

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Canaan Christian Church, 2840 Hikes Lane, Louisville, KY 40218

Honorary degrees: George Fischer, Crit Luallen, and JCTCS President Dr. Anthony Newberry

Degrees to be awarded: Approximately 620

 

Thomas More College

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 1:30 p.m. (Baccalaureate Mass: 10 a.m. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Avenue in Covington, KY)

Location: Connor Convocation Center, 333 Thomas More Parkway, Crestview Hills, KY, 41017

Commencement speaker: Kit Andrews, news anchor for Local 12 WKRC-TV in Cincinnati

Degrees to be awarded: Approximately 350 graduates

 

Transylvania University

Date: Saturday, May 26

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Old Morrison Lawn

Commencement speaker: Bianca Spriggs, award-winning poet, class of 2003

Degrees to be awarded: 244

 

Union College

Date: Saturday, May 5

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Robsion Arena

Speaker: William T. Trent, Ph.D., a 1966 graduate of Union College and in the departments of Educational Studies and Sociology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Honorary degree: William T. Trent, Ph.D., Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

 

University of the Cumberlands

Date: Saturday, May 5

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Rollins Center

 

University of Pikeville

University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville

Commencement speaker: Dr. Rand Paul, U.S. Senator

Honorary degree: Dr. Rand Paul, U.S. Senator

University of Pikeville College of Arts and Sciences

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville

Commencement speaker: Gregory D. Stumbo, House Speaker of Kentucky

Honorary degrees: Speaker Stumbo; William P. Malone, founding partner, Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff and University of Pikeville Trustee

 

Welcome to the new AIKCU.org

We’ve launched a redesigned AIKCU.org that we hope will be more flexible and allow us to provide better, more relevant content related to Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges and universities. Our goal is for the site to be a little cleaner, a little fresher, and more useful and responsive to what will most benefit you, our readers. We’re switching from a straight news format to a blog format, to allow us to provide more timely and relevant content, whether news, opinion, or links. Also new is our newsroom, where we will aggregate higher education headlines, tweets from our campuses, and other news sources alongside our latest posts.

We’re still working on migrating over content from the old site and tweaking some of the details, but rather than wait around for the site to be completely finished we’re soft launching now. (Let’s just call this our beta phase.) If you were a frequent visitor to the old site and can’t find something that you’ve come to rely on, shoot me a note and we’ll do what we can to help: mason [dot] dyer [at] aikcu [dot] org. Of course, as always, we value your comments and suggestions.

 

Berea College ranked #1, other AIKCU members recognized for contributions to public good by Washington Monthly

Berea College has been ranked the #1 liberal arts college in the country by Washington Monthly magazine. The Washington Monthly rankings are the only college rankings focused exclusively on institutions’ contributions to the public good.

The Washington Monthly rankings are designed to be a “very different perspective on higher education excellence than the one represented by U.S. News.” The rankings focus on three core metrics: social mobility (admitting and graduating low-income students), research and Ph.D. production, and community service.

In addition to Berea College’s #1 ranking in the liberal arts category, other AIKCU institutions recognized by Washington Monthly include: Centre College (38), Lindsey Wilson College (93), and 5 others in the top 200 in the liberal arts category; University of the Cumberlands (27) and four others in the baccalaureate college category; Union College (53) and Bellarmine University (170) in the master’s university category; and Spalding University, ranked 83 among national universities.

The full Washington Monthly rankings are available at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/ where you can search or sort the rankings by state.

See also: Berea College #1 in Washington Monthly’s College Rankings (BCNow)