Call to Order and Roll Call
The2nd meeting of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue was held on<Day> Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 10:00 AM, at the Clemens Fine Art Center, on the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Campus, in Paducah, Kentucky. Senator Stan Humphries, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.
Guests: Dr. Barbara M. Veazey, President, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC); Dr. Jay Morgan, Provost, Murray State University (MuSU); Dr. Tim Todd, Dean, College of Business, MuSU; Dr. Jim Gantt, Director of the Telecommunications System Management (TSM) Program, MuSU; Dr. Steve Cobb, Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, MuSU; Dan Lavit, Assistant Dean, Continuing Education, MuSU.
West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Dr. Barbara M. Veazey, President, provided an update on the Paducah School of Art and an overview of the West Kentucky College Academy (dual credit program) and the Community Scholarship Program.
In response to a question by Representative Watkins, Dr. Veazey said that the number of students enrolled is increasing. High schools are working hard to get as many students as possible to enroll in college.
Representative Simpson congratulated Dr. Veazey and WKCTC on winning the Aspen award. In response to a question by Representative Simpson, Dr. Veazey said that 60 percent of students at WKCTC are enrolled in general education and 40 percent are in a technical track for an associate in applied science.
In response to a question from Representative Simpson, Dr. Veazey said WKCTC has an 80 percent retention rate from fall to spring and a 70 percent retention rate from fall to fall. There is a 49 percent completion and transfer rate.
In response to a question by Representative Flood, Dr. Veazey said that the WKCTC community raised $2 million from 2007-2010 and will continue to raise money for provide student scholarships.
Murray State University
Representatives from Murray State University (MuSU) gave an overview of MuSUís Paducah Regional Campus and provided information about the Program of Distinction in Telecommunication Systems Management.
††††††††††† In response to a question by Representative Rudy, Dr. Morgan said that MuSU is conducting hemp research trials on university property. The trials are going reasonably well, and the hemp is set to be harvested soon.
††††††††††† In response to a question by Representative Simpson, Dr. Morgan said that the number of students staying in Kentucky is improving. MuSU has 1,100 international students.
††††††††††† In response to a question by Representative Simpson, Dr. Morgan answered that purchasing and maintaining the software and paying the faculty to teach online classes makes those classes more expensive than traditional classes. There is a 30 percent tuition surcharge for online courses.
In response to a question by Representative Flood, Dr. Morgan said the cost to the university would increase as the number of online offerings increases.
††††††††††† There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 11:28 a.m.