The Northerner

Board of Regents swear in new regent, discuss COVID-19’s impact on enrollment, budget

Another benefit of the plant selection in the gardens is that they are designed to be colorful throughout the year—keeping the campus aesthetically pleasing during every season.

Noelle Horn, News Editor

September 9, 2020

The Board of Regents’ September meeting began with the swearing in of a new regent, Ken Perry. Perry was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear for a six-year term and replaced Terry Mann, whose term expired. Perry is managing director and chairman of Ken Perry Realty, Inc. which he founded after serving ...

Amid pension crisis, Beshear offers hope

Amid pension crisis, Beshear offers hope

Billy Keeney, News Editor

January 29, 2020

After Kentucky educators marched on Frankfort on April 2, 2018 in the wake of the final approval of Senate Bill 151 (SB 151), the controversial proposal was later overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court for being unconstitutional.   It wasn’t the beginning—nor end—of the fight for public pe...

Spring forum: Vaidya talks new plans, budget and enrollment

President Ashish Vaidya addresses students, faculty and staff at a spring forum event on April 18, 2019.

Josh Goad, Assistant News Editor

April 22, 2019

President Ashish Vaidya hosted a spring forum Thursday, April 18, to a crowd of staff, faculty and students alike. Vaidya talked briefly about enrollment, the 2020 fiscal year budget and upcoming university initiatives. “If there is anytime in higher education that is the worst time to do some...

Fall tuition jumps 3 percent as division budgets, positions get clipped

The Board of Regents unanimously approved a 3 percent tuition increase and an operating budget that eliminates over 60 positions at a special meeting May 17, 2018.

Sam Rosenstiel, Editor-in-Chief

May 17, 2018

Undergraduate tuition is set to rise by $280 per year this fall as three university divisions are cut by $5.8 million to cover low enrollment and rising costs.

Pension freeze stalls cuts, buys NKU time

Gerard St. Amand, center, at a Board of Regents meeting Sept. 6. A bill passed April 26 that freezes NKU's pension contribution rate for one year.

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor

May 2, 2018

A bill to freeze NKU’s pension payment, which was set to soar to $31 million, passed April 26, interim president Gerard St. Amand told regents Wednesday.

‘NKU, what are we going to do?’: Students, professors, staff rally against state cuts, pension hikes

‘NKU, what are we going to do?’: Students, professors, staff rally against state cuts, pension hikes

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor

April 12, 2018

Roaring louder than the coursing winds outside the Student Union were chants of “fund our future” led by students, faculty and staff protesting state education cuts. Homemade signs with “I AM WORTH IT,” “LET’S NOT GO BACKWARD” and “SAVE HIGHER EDUCATION” written in black ink waved as speakers advocated for relief from cuts.

State cuts get funding band-aid, pension challenge grows urgent

State cuts get funding band-aid, pension challenge grows urgent

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor

April 10, 2018

The Kentucky legislature passed its final budget and a pension reform bill that leaves NKU in the black with more performance funding. But, it’s the unchanged pension cost administrators worry will send the university into the red.

Budget cuts: 5 things to know about NKU’s situation

Budget cuts: 5 things to know about NKU’s situation

Sam Rosenstiel, News Editor

March 13, 2018

Based on cuts proposed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, NKU could lose over $3 million in state appropriations, including all funds for the Kentucky Center for Mathematics.

Budget to cause tuition increases

This slide from President Geoffrey Mearns' presentation shows how much tuition would increase at different percentage rates.

Carrie Crotzer, Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2016

Retention rates, tuition increases and budget cuts were all key topics in NKU President Geoffrey Mearns’ Annual Budget Report on April 18. While Mearns was excited to announce that there will be no increase in the cost of parking, the university is currently considering multiple options for tu...

Open forum discusses budget cuts, tuition increases

Mike Hales, chief financial officer, presents a variety of budget scenarios to faculty and staff on March 3. The final budget changes won't be approved until mid-April.

Carrie Crotzer, Editor-in-Chief

March 3, 2016

NKU held the first of two open forums Thursday in the Student Union Ballroom for faculty and staff to address concerns of the state budget, funding throughout the university and recruitment and retention rates. The forum discussed several options for how the university will move forward with the overa...

Outcomes-based funding top priority for Mearns

Only 28 percent of NKU's yearly budget is provided by state funding, significantly less than all other universities in the state.

Carrie Crotzer, Editor-in-Chief

January 27, 2016

 NKU President Geoffrey Mearns addressed the Student Government Association at their Monday meeting on Jan. 25, calling for them to aid in the battle against Frankfort to change the decades old funding model used to fund state universities. “What I’m talking about is that for probably about 20 years ther...

NKU to switch to incentive-based budget model

Richard Cracchiolo, Copy Editor

February 25, 2015

NKU President Geoffrey Means and Provost Sue Ott Rowlands unveiled plans at a forum to introduce an incentive-based budget of funding that will aim to reward departments and colleges on performance. The forum’s purpose was to help develop the university’s new model, according to Mearns. He added ...

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