Good College News

– With one important caution There is very good news from Kentucky’s public postsecondary education system – degree and certificate awards are generally up across the state. The Courier-Journal reports “Kentucky’s public and independent postsecondary institutions conferred 30,178 degrees, diplomas and certificates during spring commencement exercises — a 7 percent increase compared with last year…

Gates Praises Charter Schools

In his first “annual letter” discussing the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, founder Bill Gates had nice things to say about charter schools such as the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools (subscription). At the same time, Gates openly admitted the foundation’s smaller high school program didn’t work out. Gates said, “We…

Diplomas and Dropouts

– Data in new report shows Kentucky ranks low for college graduation rates A new report from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is bound to raise eyebrows in Kentucky, especially once people see the ranking of college graduation rates I assembled below from the data in that report. Of course, this ranking shouldn’t be a…