645 students sent home for not paying

More to be done to cover remaining $1.5M deficit

By Brad Bowman, Published:

Saying Kentucky State University must continue to look for ways to cut costs and stem a $1.5 million deficit in this year’s budget, Interim President Raymond Burse announced on Wednesday that 645 students whose accounts were in arrears have been asked to go home.

Had the students stayed, according to a press release, the deficit would have approached a historic $7 million.

According to the release, across the past 14 months the students had been notified 22 times their accounts were in arrears. Also, during a 14-month period since August 2013 they had been counseled and requested to make payments or arrangements before a Sept. 2 deadline.

The passing of that deadline resulted in the en masse drop despite students receiving financial aid disbursements 10 days before the beginning of the semester on Aug. 16. 

“Our registration system has some broken processes,” Burse said. “I will take responsibility for that. I assumed in July and August that a student had to be fully registered meaning (that) they paid their full obligations like most universities before they could start attending classes. That has not been true here. I was upset when I found out that was not the case.”

Burse said the university also uses registration software called Banner, which allows students to check an option box in their individual accounts withholding funds for financial obligations before receiving refund checks and the box was inactive.

But federal guidelines for financial aid would only allow the university to withdraw money from a student’s financial aid disbursement for the current semester despite any past debt owed with a student’s consent.

Some students, according to the release, had accrued $40,000 of debt over a two-year period.  

“We have broken processes that occasionally jumps up and bites us and embarrasses us,” Burse said. “Those 645 students were pre-registered and some were living in the dorms. If we had allowed them to stay enrolled it would have cost the university about $7 million.”

What Burse described as “a historic deficit” would have been largely because of the 645 students who had not paid KSU this fall.

“This is terribly unfortunate,” the president said, “and we must take the necessary steps to protect KSU’s financial stability.”

Burse ordered university foundations to pay student balances under $1,000 in August, which accounted for about 111 students and $97,000 of debt, and 42 KSU first-time students and those on track to graduate received an additional $65,000 in book vouchers and scholarships. 

 “We have done everything we can to help students who need it the most,” Burse said. “The last thing we want to ever do is remove a student from enrollment, but the university cannot endure the entire burden. I am dedicated to working hard to take KSU to the next level as an institution, but to do so everyone must do their part and be held accountable.”

With the $1.5 million deficit remaining in the fiscal year budget even with the students gone, Burse added the university would continue to look at ways to cut costs.

“We are working on different strategies. We will look at if we are top heavy in the administration, look at our programs and if they are producing graduates,” Burse said.

“We will look at recruitment measures and if we can entice state employees to attend classes here for a discount. We have a list of potential ideas we are working on.”

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  • Hundreds have returned after paying their tuition......

  • So now you changed your name again.  Ferurowngood?  Really?  Poor Jimi.  Should just stick to your real name.

    You change your name every single time you get caught in your own bullsh$t.  It was a bogus stimulus package.  It gave money to big business.  No money to the ones who really needed it, yes, including the unemployed.  It wasn't the Repubs fault.  They looked at the closed doors being that they were in the total minority.  How quickly we forget.  But hey, you can't even remember your own name.

    And yes, I rather have the money handed to me than to the ones who lined a politicians election campaign.

    It is all Obama's fault.It's that simple!

  • Horse_Sense, September 6, 2014 4:47PM

    "It's all Obama's fault.  He borrowed money from China to pay his rich corporate supporters via a bogus stimulus package.  What a waste! Now there is no money for education.  All the time during the election we heard, the Repubs hope on trickle down.  Then Obama gives the money to corporations?  Bush gave money to the people.  Now who was hoping on trickle down? 

    There was no plan to give money to education.  But somebody had to stop Obama's spending spree.  Really want to borrow more from China?


    Speaking of Horse_Shiite, that is quite a load you dumped on us, so let me put on my hip boots and wade through some of it for you with actual history and those inconvenient facts.

    -- Obama borrowed money from China to pay his rich corporate supporters via a bogus stimulus package. 

    Really?  There were 3 stimulus packages, one for $170 Billion in 2008 that was the Bush plan that gave out tax rebates of $600 (singles) and (married) $1200 in the hopes that they would spend it and boost a faltering U.S. economy.  It was too little and too late, plus they chose instead to save their rebates or use it to pay down credit cards or other existing debt instead of spending it...the worst recession since the Great Depression followed in 2009.  Nobody can say that it worked.

    It took less than a month after his inauguration in 2009 for Mr. Obama to make good on his push for a $830 billion stimulus. The bill included tax cuts, infrastructure, green energy projects and extra government benefits for those struggling at the bottom end of the income ladder. But the package passed without the support of any Republicans in the House and just three in the Senate. This action brought back our economy back from the brink of depression (stock market going from 6,000 and declining to 17,000), spurred growth, created jobs (unemployment rate hit 10.1% in late 2009 and is now 6.1) and strengthened the middle class enough to keep them from dropping into the lower economic class.  The nation shed 2.6 million jobs in 2008, and the pace was accelerating to nearly 800,000 a month. There has been 54 straight months of private sector job growth.  

    But the Republicans blocked bids to restore unemployment assistance to 1.7 million Americans and to raise the minimum wage, thus preventing middle-class America from gaining a good foothold on the economy. You can lay any shortfalls fo the projections made in 2009 directly at the feet of the Do-Nothing Congress that is led by the Republicans in the House and filibustered by McConnell and company in the Senate.

    The most significant proof of the success of Obama's stimulus is that we did not go into a depression and in spite of the Repugs throwing this country under the bus for political reasons, we have steadily grown our way out of the worst recession ever.

    In 2014

  • need4speed, September 6, 2014 9:15AM

    "OK, Bruno..we'll put it on your credit card...K?"

    I am more than willing to pay my fair shair for our government to start investing again in higher education and espcially in making college affordable again for the average person.  This austerity thing is crazy and it will bite us in the arse just like it has in Europe.

  • 34989...yeah Bush had a plan alright....we see how that worked out. We wouldn't have needed a stimulus package if we hadn't blew all of the surplus on an unfunded, and useless war on Iraq. Obama is just cleaning up the sh1t pot that Bush left. If you ask me Bush should have to lick the spoon that stirred that sh1t pot.

    As far as the president having a plan...you seriously think he is going to go on TV and announce to the world and our enemies in detail what his plans are??????

  • Bruno, you are, ABSOLUTELY, the BIGGEST racist, uninformed, and biased IDIOT I have ever seen post anything in print.  Oh wait, it is all George Bush's fault, right.  At least George Bush had a plan.  It may have not been a GREAT plan, but he had one, unlike YOUR current president.

  • It's all Obama's fault.  He borrowed money from China to pay his rich corporate supporters via a bogus stimulus package.  What a waste! Now there is no money for education.  All the time during the election we heard, the Repubs hope on trickle down.  Then Obama gives the money to corporations?  Bush gave money to the people.  Now who was hoping on trickle down? 

    There was no plan to give money to education.  But somebody had to stop Obama's spending spree.  Really want to borrow more from China?




  • Maybe, just maybe we should let David Ramsey run the treasury.

  • OK, Bruno..we'll put it on your credit card...K?

  • Yeah, poor poor USA, we gots it so bad make ol' Bruno wanna cry.  

    But really, there is no reason why we can't be investing in higher education these days...and we are going to have to if we are going to be competitive in today's job market.  Every other country in the civilized world does it...so why can't we?  Nasty selfish myopic Repugnicans and their AUSTERITY, thats why.

  • What do President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama have in common? They both presided over record setting streaks of private sector job growth.

    The Department of Labor announced Friday that the economy added 142,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped (little change) to 6.1%. The private sector has added 10 million jobs over 54 straight months, with private businesses adding 134,000 jobs in this report. President Obama has shattered Bill Clinton’s previous record of 51 consecutive months of private sector job growth. This is an extension of the longest streak on record for private sector job growth and it happened under a Democratic President.

    Upon release of the new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, noted, “The private sector has added 10 million jobs over 54 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 142,000 in August, mainly reflecting a 134,000 increase in private employment. Private-sector job growth was revised up for July and down for June for little total revisions. Over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by a total of 2.4 million.”

  • Yeah, blah-blah, woof-woof!  Why do you let your hatred for President Obama overcome your love of your country?


    Unemployment spiked at 10% in January 09 after the Bush Adminstration tanked the economy, and has been dropping precipitously ever since until now when we are at 6.1%.  All together now...Thank you, President Obama!


    "(Reuters) - U.S. companies hired workers at a steady clip in August and services sector activity accelerated to 6-1/2-year high, assurances the economy was on track for sturdy growth in the third quarter.

    That view was reinforced by other data on Thursday showing only a slight increase in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week and a narrowing in the trade deficit to its lowest point in six months in July.

    "The story line of underlying growth momentum at least being sustained and at best picking up this quarter has more or less been confirmed," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York.

    Payrolls processing firm ADP said private-sector payrolls increased by 204,000 last month after rising by 212,000 in July, with gains spread across a range of industries.

    While the report was a bit softer than economists expected, it marked the fifth straight month of gains above 200,000 and augured well for a broader report on hiring that the government will release on Friday.

    In a separate report, the Institute for Supply Management said its services index rose to 59.6 last month, the highest reading since its inception in January 2008, from 58.7 in July.

    A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the vast services sectors. A subindex of service industry jobs showed strong growth for the sixth straight month.

    The government on Friday is expected to report that nonfarm payrolls increased by 225,000 last month after advancing by 209,000 in July, according to a Reuters survey of economists.

    The upbeat jobs market picture was also captured in another report from the Labor Department that showed initial claims for state unemployment benefits last week held at levels consistent with a tightening of labor market conditions.

    "The broad evidence is that the labor market continues to improve at a very solid rate," said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York.

    The jobs market is being closely monitored for clues as to when the Federal Reserve will start tightening monetary policy, having kept its benchmark overnight lending rate near zero since December 2008. Economists expect an interest rate increase sometime in the first half of 2015."



    The services report added to bullish auto sales and manufacturing data in suggesting a solid base for growth, as did the report on international trade.

    The Commerce Department said the U.S. trade deficit fell 0.6 percent to $40.5 billion in July, its smallest size since January. When adjusted for inflation, it reached its narrowest point since December 2013, prompting economists to raise their estimates for third-quarter gross domestic product.

    Goldman Sachs lifted its GDP growth forecast by two-tenths of a percentage point to a 3.2 percent annual rate, while Morgan Stanley raised its estimate to a 3.3 percent pace from 3.0 percent.

    The fairly upbeat data coupled with an interest rate cut from the European Central Bank helped to buoy U.S. stocks, while the dollar rallied to a 14-month high against the euro. U.S. Treasury debt prices were trading lower.

    In July, exports rose 0.9 percent to a record high, with automobile and non-petroleum exports surging to all-time highs.

    That eclipsed a 0.7 percent rebound in imports. The rise in imports, which was driven by food and autos, is a sign of underlying strength in domestic demand.

    Another month of declines in petroleum imports on the back of the U.S. energy boom pushed the petroleum deficit to its lowest level since May 2009.

  • ...Mitch McConnell's broken Senate that has a lid on it called filibuster...

    As opposed to Herry Reid's broken Senate that has a lid on it called "Table that bill" ?

    Definition of 'Austerity' (from investopedia.com)
    A state of reduced spending and increased frugality in the financial sector. Austerity measures generally refer to the measures taken by governments to reduce expenditures in an attempt to shrink their growing budget deficits.

    Loosely translated: You can't spend it if you ain't got it. In this case, it needs to applied evenly.

  • Yeah, great economy, unless jobs matter. For the 49th time in the past 50 months more unemployed workers dropped out of the labor force than found jobs. Drill down a level beyond the Unemployment Rate (U1), which politicians like to talk about if it seems to be a good number and check out the labor force participation rate. Add in the number of workers working part-time to stay under the 30 hour threshold and it's not as rosy on Main Street as it it on Wall Street. Today...

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers hired the fewest number of workers in eight months in August and more Americans gave up the hunt for jobs, providing a cautious Federal Reserve with more reasons to wait longer before raising interest rates.

    Nonfarm payrolls increased 142,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. The unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.1 percent as people dropped out of the labor force.

    June and July data were revised to show 28,000 fewer jobs created than previously reported. In addition, manufacturing saw no job growth and retail payrolls declined for the first time since February.

    "Clearly its disappointing, but the preponderance of evidence is that the economy is still gaining a lot of traction," said Russell T. Price, senior economist at Ameriprise Financial in Troy, Michigan.

  • The environment surely is tough for poor people, but it isn't all that tough for our national economy, which seems to be cruising right along in spite of the 113th Congress, which is the least productive in our history.  And that isn't saying anything for Mitch McConnell's broken Senate that has a lid on it called filibuster.  So, tell me again who we can't afford to invest in higher education...

    "WASHINGTON — The economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, including in areas like consumer spending, auto sales and tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released on Wednesday.

    A separate report from the Commerce Department showed that business orders for factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. But outside of transportation, orders actually fell slightly during the month, although the setback was expected to be temporary.

    The Fed said all 12 of its regions reported growth. Six — New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas and San Francisco — characterized growth as “moderate.” The other regions reported somewhat slower expansion. Four described growth as “modest,” and two noted signs of improvement.

    The survey found no clear evidence that the economy was expanding so fast that the Fed might soon need to begin raising interest rates to prevent inflation.


    Factory Orders

    Manufacturers’ total new orders, seasonally adjusted.

    MAY - +0.6%

    JUNE - +1.5%

    JULY - +10.5%   $560 billion  And that ain't hay!

    Source: Commerce Department

    Most regions reported optimism about crucial economic sectors. A majority cited increased loan demand, for example, and hotel occupancies.

    The survey, known as the Beige Book, is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered with other data when Fed policy makers meet on Sept. 16 and 17.

    After that meeting, the Fed is expected to reduce its monthly bond purchases for a seventh time but leave its key short-term interest rate unchanged. That rate has been near zero since December 2008 in an effort to overcome the financial crisis and revive the economy.

    Now, with job growth strong and unemployment falling, investors have been speculating about when the Fed will start raising rates. Most analysts think the first increase will occur around mid-2015.

    In other economic news, the Commerce Department said factory orders rose 10.5 percent in July, the biggest one-month increase on record going back to 1992. Orders for civilian jetliners rose fourfold. But excluding transportation, orders edged down 0.8 percent and an important category that serves as a proxy for business investment plans fell 0.7 percent.

    Manufacturing has been a source of strength this year, helped by robust demand for new cars, other consumer items and business equipment. Economists expect that strength to continue.

    The report showed that orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, were up 22.6 percent in July, unchanged from the estimate in a preliminary report last week. Orders for nondurable goods such as paper, chemicals and food were down 0.9 percent in July after a 0.4 percent increase in June.

    In addition to the surge in demand for airplanes, orders for motor vehicles and parts rose 7.3 percent, reflecting continued strong consumer demand for new cars and trucks.

    But there was slippage in other areas. Orders for primary metals such as steel fell 0.3 percent, demand for machinery was down 1.2 percent, and orders for computers and other electronics products fell 14.7 percent.

    Most economists expect that manufacturing production will provide solid support in the second half of this year."



  • It's all Obama's fault!

  • Interesting the President Burse doesn't make any excuses, blame the "austerity" or Republicans. He makes a few very pointed comments that seem to reflect back on the previous administration:

    “Our registration system has some broken processes,” Burse said. “I will take responsibility for that. I assumed in July and August that a student had to be fully registered meaning (that) they paid their full obligations like most universities before they could start attending classes. That has not been true here. I was upset when I found out that was not the case.”

     "We will look at if we are top heavy in the administration"

    In an environment as tough as described by CNNMoney, there is little room for poor management of what resources are available.

  • Why should Burse have to clean up the Republican's mess?  They are responsible for the collapse of the middle class and the decline in public investment in higher education, which throws much more of the financial burden of college right in the student's lap.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans have little sympathy for students who have accumulated massive amounts of student debt.  McConnell recently helped kill a proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), which would have enabled millions of Americans to refinance their student loans into cheaper debt by increasing taxes on wealthy households.

    Fact is that if you already live in poverty, which the vast majority (over 90%) of KSU's students do, then your really have a very slim chance of being able ot graduate, primarily for economic reasons.  This has nothing to do with President Sias or her administration...if anything, they were too sympathetic to the plight of most of these students and let them carry too much debt simply because they didn't want to end their chances of getting a degree.  It is a dammed shame really, that the richest country in the world can't afford to invest in these students in order to break the cycle of poverty that they live in.  We surely can spend billions on stupid, needless and futile wars.

    "NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- It's getting more difficult for low-income students to climb the economic ladder as the college
    graduation gap between the rich and poor grows.
    While more students from all backgrounds are finishing college, the difference in graduation rates between the top and
    bottom income groups has widened by nearly 50% over two decades.
    And since education is a key driver of upward mobility, this gulf means that it's even harder for the poor to prosper.
    Some 54% of students from wealthy families obtained bachelor's degrees, said Martha Bailey, an assistant economics
    professor at the University of Michigan. But only 9% of low-income students got college diplomas.
    Bailey recently co-authored a paper looking at students who graduated in the late 1990s and early 2000s and compared
    them to those in college two decades before. She found the wealthy made great gains in graduation rates, while the poor
    only inched up over that time period.
    In the earlier group, 36% of the upper-income children graduated college and 5% of the poor did.
    Part of the reason is because more students from households earning at least $87,000 annually are going onto higher
    education. But children from families making less than $26,000 have not made the same advances, said Bailey.
    5 colleges slashing tuition
    And while two-thirds of freshmen from wealthier households finish, only one-third of their poorer classmates do.
    Other researchers, whose work has found similar discrepancies, have looked into why children from low-income
    backgrounds don't make it through college.
    One reason is the poor often go to lower-tier schools, said Tim Smeeding, the director for the Institute for Research on
    Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These institutions often have bigger classes and offer less individual
    attention and guidance.
    Also, their parents don't have the financial means to aid their children.
    "We've got a problem in that we get low-income kids to college, but they don't persist to graduation," Smeeding said. "It's
    harder for them to find their way through. They get discouraged and they drop out."
    Failing to get a college degree makes it even harder for these individuals to escape the bottom of the income barrel.
    Some 41% of students who come from families in the lowest income ranks move up to the highest two rungs if they get a
    college degree, according to research from the Pew Economic Mobility Project. But if they don't, only 14% advance that far.
    At the same time, 45% of those without a diploma stay stuck in the lowest tier, while only 16% of their counterparts with a college degree do.
    That's because so many better-paying jobs today require more education and skills that workers can only get in
    college. Without a bachelor's degree, many people get stuck in dead-end jobs earning low wages.
    In fact, a college graduate working full-time for 40 years will earn $1 million more than someone with just a high school
    degree, according to recent Census Bureau data.
    This is why it's increasingly important for policy makers to promote and protect programs that help students, particularly
    those from the lower income rungs, to attend and complete college, experts said. This includes expanding tuition
    assistance for poorer children to give them a better shot at future financial security.
    "The chance for upward mobility from the bottom without a college degree is extremely limited," said Erin Currier, project
    manager at Pew. "There is a significant wage premium for having a college degree."



  •  It is all of this A-U-S-T-E-R-I-T-Y where the Republicans have cut over the years both in the state Legislature and Washington.  We don't need BIGGER government to invest in our higher education system, we need to realocate our funds from the military which is extremely expensive keeping large bases with 10's of thousands of soldiers living on them in Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc.

    During the Sept. 12, 2011, Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas -- a staunch advocate of limited government and a more modest military footprint -- offered a surprising statistic about the reach of the U.S. armed forces.

    "We're under great threat, because we occupy so many countries," Paul said. "We're in 130 countries. We have 900 bases around the world. We're going broke."

    That is insane...we would have plenty of money to invest in college if we got rid of just half of them.

    The Democrats like Alison Grime are calling for reinvesting in public higher education systems after all of these years of damaging cuts, which are the product of both the economic downturn (resulting from a deregulated Wall Street nearly tanking the world's economy, and states’ reluctance to raise additional revenues (a Republican Tea Party thingy).   

    According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in the past five years, state cuts to higher education funding have been severe and almost universal.  After adjusting for inflation:

    -States are spending $2,353 or 28 percent less per student on higher education, nationwide, in the current 2013 fiscal year than they did in 2008, when the recession hit.

    -Every state except for North Dakota and Wyoming is spending less per student on higher education than they did prior to the recession.
    -In many states the cuts over the last five years have been remarkably deep.  Eleven states have cut funding by more than one-third per student, and two states — Arizona and New Hampshire — have cut their higher education spending per student in half.

    -Deep state funding cuts have major implications for public colleges and universities.  States (and to a lesser extent localities) provide 53 percent of the revenue that can be used to support instruction at these schools.  When this funding is cut, colleges and universities generally must either cut spending, raise tuition to cover the gap, or both.


    That’s what has happened since the recession hit. More specifically, colleges and universities have:

    Increased tuition.  Public colleges and universities across the country have increased tuition to compensate for declining state funding.  Annual published tuition at four-year public colleges has grown by $1,850, or 27 percent, since the 2007-08 school year, after adjusting for inflation.   There has been great variation across the states.  In two states — Arizona and California — published tuition at four-year schools is up more than 70 percent, while other states’ universities and many two-year colleges have held tuition increases closer to the rate of inflation.  Major increases in federal student aid and tax credits, on average, have fallen well short of covering these increases.

    These sharp increases in tuition have accelerated longer-term trends of reducing college affordability and shifting costs from states to students.  The College Board reports that the price of attending a four-year public college or university, even after accounting for increased federal financial aid and tax subsidies, has grown significantly faster than the growth in median income over the last 20 years.

    Cut spending, often in ways that may diminish the quality of education.  Tuition increases have made up only part of the revenue loss resulting from state funding cuts.  Public colleges and universities also have cut faculty positions, eliminated course offerings, closed campuses, shut down computer labs, and reduced library services, among other cuts.  For example, Arizona’s university system cut more than 2,100 positions; merged, consolidated or eliminated 182 colleges, schools, programs and departments; and closed eight extension campuses (local campuses that facilitate distance learning).

    Reversing these trends and reinvesting in higher education should be a high priority for state policymakers.  A large and growing share of future jobs will require college-educated workers.   Investing in higher education to keep tuition low and quality high at public colleges and universities, and to provide financial aid to those students who need it most, would help states to develop the skilled workforce they will need to compete for these jobs."

  • Pell Runners...interesting. We had a single mom who had dropped out of KSU live with us for about six months. Her boyfriend was still in school and had to wait on his Pell Grant $$ to pay his part of the child's expenses. That was the first time that I realized that $$ did not have to go straight to the school.

  • gayle_woods, September 4, 2014 10:22AM

    "These are alarming statistics. Are the rest of the state universities facing this problem?"

    Really? KSU isn't the only school having trouble keeping these poor kids from very disadvantaged backgrounds in school long enough to graduate...but it is one of the few schools that caters to this special ed students.  And THAT is commendable, graduation rates be darned! 

  • A problem that is becoming more prevalent nationwide are "Pell runners": students who enroll in college to collect the Pell grant money, then do not apply that money toward their tuition but instead toward personal expenses of living on campus.  Just in the last year or so, the State Journal reported that KSU had many students living on campus as enrolled, but not attending classes.  I would expect that this is a direct consequence.

    Besides lax administrative practices that plagued KSU over the years that as stated were contributory, Dr. Sias was very focused on obtaining high enrollment numbers.  I would assume this "foregiveness" of such a staggering number of non-paying students was part of retaining those numbers to impress those grant-awarding organizations or to meet statewide goals set by the state's higher ed council.  Unfortunately, high enrollment numbers of "dead weight students" (students using the university as a way of life, rather than an education) did nothing to actually help the institution, because those students eventually counted against the graduation rate, which has plummeted over the past five years.  If the state's higher education system ever goes to a performance funding model, Dr. Sias' actions would have significantly impacted the institution's ability to remain solvent.  

    Dr. Burse is doing a great job foregoing the "quick to impress" actions by moving toward shaping an institution that is recruiting and retaining a small cadre of students who are there for a quality education, and will in future prove great investments for the university.


  • I've been involved with several colleges and universities in the area-either through being a student or working as an employee. I also have friends who have attended-between them-nearly every state university and most of the private ones.

    Standard procedure at every school I'm familiar with is that students with outstanding financial obligations are not permitted to register for classes for the next semester. Students who leave with outstanding balances are often locked out of getting a transcript or any other record of their time there.

    At Georgetown(where I received my undergraduate degree) the business office would bend over backwards to help a student set up a payment plan or use whatever resources they could to get an account settled and let the student continue...they would also lift registration holds if you were making a good faith effort to settle your outstanding balance. It sounds like KSU has done a lot here to try and help the students now in trouble.

  • I am not sure where you are heading with your point, Mr. Woods; however, many universities do have several students every semester who must be dropped from enrollment for not paying by the deadlines established to stay enrolled.

    Now, come on, Gayle:  I know you have been following the news regarding KSU's issues in the past with collecting payment from delinquent student accounts.  KSU's "alarming statistics" are issues that stem from lax practices in collecting fees and students were allowed to accumulate fees and tuition balances semester upon semester in the past.  Most universities do not allow one to even register for the upcoming semester without having paid for the prior semester or having a payment plan in place.

    I greatly admire President Burse for taking quick action this semester.  He also helped several struggling students with smaller account balances bring their accounts current, so the students cannot argue that this university's administrators or leadership has failed to assist them.

    It sounds like the leadership at KSU is making progress in stopping a large financial gap from widening.  The students should not be angry or upset at university leadership if they were unable to meet their financial obligations to the university, as this is just part of the real world in which adults who go off to college should be living.  Unfortunately, past leadership and staff allowed a problem to grow and escalate and it enabled students to shrug off financial responsibility for their education.

    People in this community do care about the students and reaching their educational goals; however, the university cannot suffer because a significant number of students have been unable to meet their financial obligations.

  • These are alarming statistics. Are the rest of the state universities facing this problem?