Around the industry: Kentucky system cuts 506 positions amid budget shortfall

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  • Kentucky: The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has cut 506 positions to partially offset a $26 million shortfall caused by declining enrollment and ongoing state budget cuts. Institutions have cut 191 faculty positions and 315 staff positions. KCTCS President Jay Box also announced a proposed 6.1% tuition increase next year, which he said should generate $11.7 million in revenue from 2016-2017 (Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader, 5/18). 
  • Massachusetts: The Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has received a $35.5 million gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation to launch the Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative at HGSE. The program will focus on conducting research to influence early childhood education policy and practice (Harvard Gazette, 5/18).
  • Washington: The Common Application has appointed Jenny Rickard as its new executive director, the organization's Board of Directors announced Thursday. Rickard, who currently serves as vice president for enrollment at the University of Puget Sound, will begin her new position in August (Hoover, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/19). 

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