The Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents adopted a new budget, set zero increase tuition, dining, and housing rates, and extended the interim presidency of David McFaddin Tuesday.
The board also got a report on re-starting classes later this summer. EKU Public Safety and Risk Management Director Bryan Makinen said a team comprised of conferencing and events, facilities management, and environmental health and safety evaluated class space. “Gone around and assessed 100% of our classes on campus as well as other spaces that are unconventional but may be used for the classroom environment and they’ve developed safe, maximum capacities and layouts for these classroom environments to keep in mind social distancing,” said Makinen.
Makinen said there will be instant on-site COVID-19 testing for students. He noted signage with health messaging is going up right now. The public safety director added there will be a smaller number of students in larger spaces for instruction. Makinen said it could be a mixture of traditional lecturing and online course work in a staggered delivery format. “This is where students may attend alternate days. So, for instance, if they have a Tuesday-Thursday schedule, half the class may come on Tuesday, the other half learns in a non-traditional methodology, and then flip that on Thursday,” explained Makinen.
EKU Interim President David McFaddin told board members Eastern appears to be the only public university in Kentucky not increasing tuition, housing, and dining costs for students. The regents also approved extending McFaddin’s interim president status one year at a base salary of $300,000.
The board also adopted a new budget, which Interim President McFaddin said was $17 million smaller than the current budget.
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