Panel reviews KSU's progress on recommended improvements

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Kentucky State University has begun efforts to make the improvements recommended by a consultant's report.

A joint committee of members from KSU's Board of Regents and the Council on Postsecondary Education met Monday for discussion and status reports on implementing the recommendations.

The implementation process began on May 15 when KSU Interim President William Turner and Council President Thomas Layzell met to discuss the timelines.

The Cleveland-based Baker and Hostetler Consulting firm drafted the report, which is a joint effort of the council and KSU to assess the effectiveness of the school's programs and how it spends its money. KSU and CPE split the cost of $110,000 for the review.

The committee consists of CPE members Walter Baker, Steve Barger, Charles Whitehead, Esther Jensing and Sherron Jackson. KSU board members include Marlene Helm, Charles Bennett, Laura Douglas and Harry Lee Waterfield II. Walter Baker, Charles Whitehead and Laura Douglas did not attend Monday's meeting.

Issues discussed included building and maintaining a strong Board of Regents, the land grant program and KSU partnering with other institutions to serve as the host institution for their programs.

Also, discussed by committee members was creating a mission statement for KSU. The university is still in the process of revising the mission statement, which will be discussed further at a meeting 2 p.m. Thursday. Turner said CPE will get the revised statement by the September meeting. The new mission statement will be implemented once the council gives input and takes action.

KSU regent Charles Bennett said he hopes the mission statement can be kept simple. Layzell agreed with Bennett.

In addition, the committee members brought up ways to increase enrollment, so they can spread the overhead costs over a bigger base, which would reduce costs per student. The student body currently numbers 2,300.

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