2017 AIKCU Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference to feature keynotes by Jose Bowen, Gerry Swan

The 2017 AIKCU Technology, Learning, and Technology Conference will feature keynotes by Jose Bowen, President of Goucher College and author of the Teaching Naked series, and Dr. Gerry Swann, Associate Professor of Instructional Design at the University of Kentucky.

The June 30 conference will take place on the campus of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Conference sessions will address key issues facing small colleges and universities in the areas of learning technology, instructional design, information technology, and libraries.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of AIKCU’s technology partners, registration is free (but required) for faculty and staff of AIKCU member institutions.

REGISTER to attend the 2017 AIKCU Technology, Learning, and Technology Conference

Keynote Speaker Biographies:

Jose Bowen head shotPresident Jose Bowen, a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology and author of the Teaching Naked series, will provide the keynote during the conference lunch. Bowen is president of Goucher College, a private, liberal arts college in MD. He contributes to podcasts and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsweek, USA Today, US News & World Report, PBS News Hour, and NPR (an extended media list is here). His book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education (2013) from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. His next book, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes with G. Edward Watson (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2017), has been called “as rich a resource…to improve students’ learning as has been written in a generation.” He is currently working on Transforming the University: Learning for Change, a comprehensive approach to integrating campus life with massively better classrooms and using the latest research on learning and adolescent development to focus college on opening minds in the post-technology era. He has been honored by students and colleagues for his teaching at SMU, Miami and Georgetown and he received a Stanford Centennial Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1990. He served on the Digital Working Group of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U’s) General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) program. For teaching ideas, see his blog at teachingnaked.com or follow him on Twitter @josebowen, or watch his Teaching Naked TED talk.

Dr. Gerry Swan headshotDr. Gerry Swan, University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Design, will open the conference with a thought-provoking discussion on implementing technology. Dr. Swan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia. His research interests include use of interactive media with instruction and computer managed instruction/research. His research looks at how online environments can be used in data collection and presentation to facilitate the use of best practices in educational environments. Data-driven decision-making, knowledge management, and continuous improvement are increasingly popular ideas in education, and Swan is interested in what the tools and practices are to make it a reality. Through the development and study of online environments, Swan seeks to bring the potential of these tools to the classroom.

Meet the 2017 AIKCU Frankfort intern class

2017 AIKCU Interns

2017 AIKCU Interns (l-r): Caroline Abbott, Centre College; Hayden McLeod, University of Pikeville; Harry Hill, UPIKE; Donald Anderson, UPIKE; Brandon Lopez, UPIKE; and Crystal Hodges, Lindsey Wilson College.

Six students from Kentucky private colleges are spending the spring semester in the state capital working and studying as part of AIKCU’s Frankfort Semester Internship Program.

The 2017 AIKCU interns are working approximately 30 hours per week in positions related to state government and taking two upper level seminars. They include:

  • Caroline Abbott, a Centre College junior from Nashville majoring in Politics and International Relations. Caroline is interning this spring with the Kentucky Retail Federation.
  • Donald Anderson, a University of Pikeville senior majoring in Sports Management and Accounting from Kingsland, Georgia. Donald’s internship is with the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
  • Harry Hill, a UPIKE junior majoring in Business Administration from London, England. Harry is interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
  • Crystal Hodges, a Lindsey Wilson College junior from Louisville majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Crystal is working in the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
  • Brandon Lopez, a UPIKE senior from Smyrna, Tennessee majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology, is interning with the Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety.
  • Hayden McLeod, a UPIKE senior Business Administration major from Hartlepool, England is also interning with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

The AIKCU internship program was established in 2000 to provide valuable on-the-job experience to students interested in public affairs and expose them to public service as a career option. A number of former AIKCU interns have gone on to careers in public service, including former interns currently working in U.S. Congressional offices, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, and in various branches of Kentucky state government.

Interns are supervised and guided throughout the semester by program coordinator Richard Wilson, a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Interns may qualify for up to a full semester of academic credit from their home institution upon completion of their work experience and two seminars focused on public administration and Kentucky government and politics. Interns receive a stipend to partially cover their living expenses for the semester.

More information about the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship program is available at http://www.aikcu.org/frankfortsemesterinternships.

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 students take home 39 awards in Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Student Research Competition

The opportunity to engage in undergraduate research is a hallmark of Kentucky’s private colleges. Some of that research was on display during the recent Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Student Research Competition, where students from eight different AIKCU member institutions took home a total of 39 awards.

The annual competition recognizes outstanding student research from the Kentucky Academy of Science’s postsecondary affiliates, which include 16 nonprofit private colleges, all 8 four-year Kentucky public universities, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Awards are given for undergraduate scientific poster, undergraduate oral presentation, and graduate oral presentation in each of 19 scientific disciplines.

AIKCU students’ 39 total awards came in the form of 18 first place, 17 second place, and four third place awards. Berea College students received the most awards with 24. Students from Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Brescia University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Transylvania University, and the University of Pikeville also took home honors.

Congratulations to these AIKCU students on their recognition in the following categories of the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Student Research Competition:


Agricultural Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Kassandra H. Carter, Berea College

1st Place: Helina Asrat, Berea College


Anthropology & Sociology (Poster Presentations)

1st Place: Kyree Hobson and Simeon Huff, Berea College

Botany (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Austin Adam, Bellarmine University

1st Place: Preye Agbana, Brescia University


Botany (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

3rd Place: Sean Nilan, Berea College

 

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Poster Presentations)

3rd Place: Meghan Kramer, Berea College

1st Place: Hsuan Peng, Berea College

 

Cellular and Molecular Biology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

3rd Place: Jodi DeJohn, Georgetown College

1st Place: Seth Reasoner, Berea College


Chemistry: Analytical/Physical (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Ana Gabriela Mira, Centre College

1st Place: Job K. Limo, Berea College


Chemistry: Analytical/Physical (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

1st Place: Kyaw “Joe” Hpone Myint, Berea College


Chemistry: Organic/Inorganic (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Michael B. James and Kateryna O. Nabukhotna, Berea College


Computer and Information Sciences (Poster Presentations)

3rd Place: Carson Blevins, Bellarmine University

2nd Place: Zachary Eckert, Bellarmine University


Computer and Information Sciences (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd Place: Aaron Andries, Bellarmine University


Ecology and Environmental Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Olivia Slater and Nina Meneses, Berea College

1st place: Jaylen Beatty, Transylvania University


Engineering (Poster Presentations)

1st Place: Brooke Kennedy, Bellarmine University


Health Sciences (Poster Presentations)

2nd Place: Danielle Upton, University of Pikeville


Mathematics (Poster Presentations)

1st place: Bhavesh Ramkorun, Berea College


Physics and Astronomy (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Dustin Watts, Berea College

1st place: Tanner Thompson, Berea College


Physics and Astronomy (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

1st Place: Isaac Vock, Centre College


Physiology and Biochemistry (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: James McCarthey, Berea College

1st place: Marco Santos, Berea College

Physiology and Biochemistry (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Tatiana Mikhailova, Berea College

1st place: Young Hwan Kim, Asbury University


Psychology (Poster Presentations)

1st place: Alicia Bedolla, Berea College


Psychology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place (tie): Brett Vitkun, Centre College

2nd place (tie): Valerie Zehr, Berea College

1st place: Tiffany Estep, Berea College


Science Education (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Douglas J. Kelly, Bellarmine University

1st place: Aubrey Melton, Berea College


Science Education (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Casey Tetidrick , Berea College

1st place: Alexandria Szalanczy, Centre College


Zoology (Poster Presentations)

2nd place: Robin Hauschner and Favour Akabogo, Berea College


Zoology (Undergraduate Oral Presentations)

2nd place: Jillian Kendall, Berea College
For a complete list of categories and winners from the 2016 Student Research Competition, visit the Kentucky Academy of Science site.

AIKCU average student loan debt lower than state, national averages

Class of 2015 Student Loan Debt bar chart

The Institute for College Access & Success’s Project on Student Debt has released its annual report on the status of student debt among America’s college graduates, Student Debt and the Class of 2015.

According to the report, 68% of students who graduated in 2015 from four-year public and nonprofit private colleges nationally graduated with student loan debt. The average loan debt for those who borrowed was $30,100, about 4% more than the previous year’s graduates.

The average loan debt for graduates of Kentucky institutions included in the report was $27,225, about 11% lower than the national average. Statewide, 64 percent of Kentucky students graduated with loans. Kentucky had the 32nd highest average student debt total among the states.

The average graduate debt at AIKCU institutions was even lower, at just under $25,000. [The median debt of AIKCU members was $27,291.] 12 of 18 AIKCU members were included in the report.

The average loan debt at Kentucky’s public universities was just over $28,000. 7 of 8 public universities were included in the report.

The TICAS report includes data voluntarily reported to Peterson’s for about 56 percent of the public and nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. The report does not include information about borrowing at proprietary institutions.

See the TICAS data for Kentucky institutions.

Welcome new AIKCU member staff

With a new academic year comes a new group of employees on our member campuses. We’ve attempted to catalog all the new senior campus staff (or relatively new staff, or seasoned employees taking on new roles) below and by highlighting them in bold in our updated 2016-17 AIKCU Membership Directory. The directory includes contact information for all AIKCU member senior staff as well as other important contact information, like AIKCU group listerv addresses and contact information for Kentucky congressional offices.

Welcome to all of these new senior leaders on our member campuses:

Academic Affairs: Linda Strong-Leek, VP for Diversity/Inclusion and Assoc. VP for Academic Affairs, Berea College; Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Midway University; Joanne Berryman, Provost, Spalding University; and Lori Werth, the first ever Provost at the University of Pikeville.

Advancement: David Hutchens, VP for Advancement, UPIKE.

Business Officers: David Wilhite, CFO/Treasurer, Georgetown College; John Dundon, CFO, Kentucky Christian University; Rush Sherman, CFO, Spalding University; Chris Rolph, CFO, University of the Cumberlands; Quentin Young, Director of Business Services, University of the Cumberlands; Barry Bentley, VP for Finance and Business Affairs, UPIKE.

Communications: Keith Spears, Vice President for Communication and Asst. to the President (a new role), Campbellsville University; Samantha Combs, Coordinator of Communications, Kentucky Christian University; Venus Popplewell, Director of Public Relations, Lindsey Wilson College; Marita Salkowski, Communications/PR Director, Thomas More College; Andrew Powell, Senior Director of Communication, Union College

Enrollment Management: Jonathan Sands-Wise, VP Enrollment Management, Georgetown College; Sheree Greer, Director of Admissions, Kentucky Christian University; Jeremy Pittman, VP of Admissions & Financial Aid, Kentucky Wesleyan College; Kelly Gosnell, Dean of Enrollment Services, Midway University; Chris Powers, Assoc. VP of Enrollment, Thomas More College; Holly Sheilley, VP of Enrollment/Student Affairs, Transylvania University

Institutional Research: Jessica Hearn, Director of Institutional Research, Georgetown College; Wesley Whistle, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Information Technology:  Bryan Blount, Sr. Director of Information Services & Resources, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Public Safety: Debbie Fox, Director Public Safety, Bellarmine; Isaac Duncan, Safety Officer, Brescia; Bill Wilson, Director of Campus Safety, Thomas More College

And here at AIKCU, Krista Hudson has been promoted to VP for Member Services.

AIKCU members embrace Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program

Twelve AIKCU members have signed on to participate in the new Kentucky Dual Credit Scholarship Program established by Governor Matt Bevin’s June executive order and administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

The 12 AIKCU members participating in the Dual Credit Scholarship Program are: Bellarmine University, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Midway University, Spalding University, Thomas More College, Union College, University of the Cumberlands, and the University of Pikeville.

In its initial year, the Dual Credit Scholarship Program will allow every Kentucky public high school senior to take two dual credit courses at no cost to the student. The dual credit, where students receive both high school and college credit, may be earned in general education or career and technical education courses.

To enroll students using the Dual Credit Scholarship, participating postsecondary institutions must agree to charge no more than 1/3 of community college tuition, or $52 per credit hour. Several other AIKCU members will continue to offer dual credit opportunities for high school students outside of the Dual Credit Scholarship Program.

AIKCU awarded James Graham Brown Foundation grant to help strengthen private nonprofit colleges through data analysis

JGBF logoFRANKFORT, Ky. – The James Graham Brown Foundation of Louisville, Kentucky has awarded a grant of up to $690,000 to the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities to help Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities engage in a strategic analysis of their core academic operations and enhance their viability.

The James Graham Brown Foundation has long been a major supporter of Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges. With this grant the foundation sought to look beyond its previous capital and programmatic funding efforts to support a more systemic process designed to improve colleges’ long-term sustainability.

James Graham Brown Foundation president, Mason Rummel, noted, “We were looking for opportunities to assist private higher education in Kentucky achieve greater success. We believe this program will benefit not just the institutions, but will have greater impact on the state and its image.”

Under the three-year grant, AIKCU will partner with The Higher Education Practice, led by Ken Hoyt, PhD, to provide an opportunity for all AIKCU members to engage in the Optimizing Academic Balance (OAB) analysis process. OAB is a data-driven, multi-year process that helps colleges better understand their academic business models. The ultimate goal of OAB is to provide information college administrators and boards can use to “redirect scarce resources to increase enrollment, maximize the value of the curriculum, and strengthen institutional viability.”

“We appreciate the James Graham Brown Foundation’s support of our members’ ongoing efforts to become more effective and efficient,” said AIKCU president Gary S. Cox. “Participating in the Optimizing Academic Balance process will help our members better understand what they do especially well and how they can build on their successes in the most cost-effective manner. We are pleased to partner with the Brown Foundation so that all of our members will have this opportunity to take a deep dive into their data and then use that new understanding to strategically focus their resources on meeting the needs of their students.”

The Optimizing Academic Balance process uses an institution’s own data collected throughout the academic lifecycle – from admissions inquiries to successfully completed credit hours – to develop a thorough understanding of the costs, benefits, and long-term viability of each academic major and the general education program. It helps identify both opportunities for growth and for cost containment, providing colleges and boards with the information they need to assist their long term strategic planning efforts.

This James Graham Brown Foundation grant is designed to remove financial barriers to the process by covering 75 percent of the costs of the OAB process for each AIKCU institution that chooses to participate. The grant also provides additional supports for colleges that need assistance during the internal data collection process.

AIKCU will hold information sessions for members on the Optimizing Academic Balance process and the grant in the coming weeks, with implementation to begin soon thereafter.

The James Graham Brown Foundation is a Louisville-based foundation whose overarching mission is to “cultivate progress and civic pride through philanthropic investments that promote the image of Kentucky and Louisville and the well-being of its citizens.” The James Graham Brown Foundation’s Higher Education Initiatives seek to improve degree/credential attainment and create significant, sustainable improvement in higher education outcomes in Kentucky. For more on the James Graham Brown Foundation, visit http://jgbf.org.

The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) is the nonprofit member organization serving Kentucky’s nonprofit, four-year private colleges and universities. Learn more at http://aikcu.org.

Statement from AIKCU President Gary S. Cox on St. Catharine College closure

AIKCU member St. Catharine College announced earlier today that it will close at the end of July.

The following is a statement from AIKCU President Gary S. Cox, PhD on St. Catharine’s closing:

“St. Catharine College, led by its board and President Gnadinger, has worked tirelessly to address the concerns raised by the US Department of Education and to satisfy the DoE’s demands. I am extremely saddened by the DoE’s failure to act responsibly to resolve what they eventually agreed were inappropriately applied administrative compliance demands. The result is this 85-year-old college, with an educational legacy in the area stretching back 200 years, has been forced to close, displacing hundreds of students, faculty and staff and leaving an educational void in their region.”

SCC is truly a special place and the entire AIKCU family is saddened by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty and staff affected by the closure.

 

St. Catharine College to close at end of July

 

The following release comes from St. Catharine College and is reprinted in its entirety. SCC has been a valued member of AIKCU. The college has been a critical community resource and a beacon of educational opportunity in their region. We are saddened by the news of St. Catharine’s pending closure and our hearts go out to their students, faculty, and staff.

 

St. Catharine, KY  –  After numerous recent meetings of the St. Catharine College Board of Trustees, chairman John Turner announced at a campus-wide faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday that the College would be closing its doors.

“It is with great sadness that I announce today, after exploring all possible options, the Board of Trustees has determined the challenges facing St. Catharine College are insurmountable and we will be closing the College at the end of July,” Turner said.

He went on to say the decline in overall enrollment, caused recently by the federal Department of Education’s admitted wrongful withholding of student aid on several key academic programs, has proven to be too difficult to manage with the debt obligation the College has assumed in recent years.

The debt he referenced was due to the building of new facilities including residence halls, a health-sciences building, and most recently a state-of-the-art library.

President Cindy Gnadinger and the College’s Board of Trustees have worked tirelessly in attempting to satisfy the requirements of the DoE and to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in immediate operating funds through this past spring semester.

“Without the enrollment and with the DOE’s chokehold on our cashflow, the debt is simply not manageable,” Chairman Turner explained.

According to a newsletter from Gnadinger on April 18, “a detailed and lengthy mediation process… failed to resolve the profound negative impacts that prior DOE decisions have had on our institution.” Mediation failed after other financial aid submissions were rejected for varying reasons, and the DOE failed to agree to pay the Colleges damages for diminishing its overall enrollment and reputation.

The DOE’s sanctioning of the College has not only critically restricted operational cash flow, but has also irreparably damaged the College’s ability to attract students. Prior to the problems with the DOE, enrollment was approximately 600 full-time students. Current enrollment projections are significantly diminished to fewer than 475 students enrolled for the Fall 2016 semester – a drop that College officials exclusively attribute to the negative impact of the DOE’s ongoing refusal to allow financial aid in key academic programs.

In recent weeks, the College administrators and trustees have explored various options for moving ahead and even explored the idea of an alliance with several other institutions. St. Catharine College President, Dr. Cindy Gnadinger, has recently held meetings with other college leaders, but the idea of some type of merger has proven unsuccessful.

The decision came after a board meeting Tuesday night, where the Board voted to close.

College administrators state they have reached out to several other institutions to establish teach-out plans for the current students. College administrators remain committed to ensuring this difficult situation is not exacerbated by a difficult transfer situation for SCC’s students.

Articulation agreements are being put together to ensure students’ academic credits will transfer easily and tuition arrangements will be honored as closely to the tuition rates that St. Catharine students are accustomed to paying.

Chairman Turner expressed his gratitude to the employees of the College for working diligently through what has been an extremely challenging year.

Summer camps and classes will proceed as already scheduled, but no classes will begin in the Fall.

SCC employed 118 full-time faculty and staff employees, as well as numerous part-time staff and adjunct instructors.

Prior to the Board’s decision to close the school, every avenue was investigated to save SCC, according to College officials. One plan of action that the school did implement was to fight the DOE’s strict sanctions by filing a lawsuit in federal court in late February, claiming the DOE was unlawfully withholding student financial aid funds. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, based in Louisville.

 

But SCC did not have the financial capacity or cash flow to stay afloat while the DOE’s rules changed nearly monthly.  This resulted in the College needing $5million to move forward next year and position the school confidently into future.

Some local donors stepped up to help keep the College’s doors open while administration worked through issues with the DOE. However, these fundraising efforts were not enough and not in time.

With the length of time involved in financial aid sanctions, litigation, and other looming capital debt, SCC would not be able to sustain the College’s financial needs even for the coming Fall semester.

What started as a school in a “still house” in the early 1800s and grew to a four-year college in the heart of bourbon country will be shuttered before a new semester starts in the Fall – forever silencing the legacy of its pioneering, founding Dominican Sisters.

After educating thousands of students over the course of nearly 200 years, and after repeatedly addressing all the sanction issues of the DOE to no avail, the tiny private College’s financial crisis will close its doors for good.

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ABOUT ST. CATHARINE COLLEGE: Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and engaged citizens.