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Mary Evans Sias, Kentucky State University president (#407)

Sias explains how and why KSU strives to serve students whose test scores and grade-point averages may not be exceptional. She discusses the remedial work that often needs to be done when students graduate from high school unprepared for college-level work.

The university president also talks about KSU’s distinction as one of 104 historically black colleges and universities in the nation. Sias says that although KSU was created initially for African-American students, it is now the most diverse higher learning institution in Kentucky, with people who are not African-American making up 40 percent of the student population and more than half of the faculty.

Finally, Sias discusses her reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian, her expectations for her students, and the power of the question “How’s it going?”

Air Dates

Friday, October 17, 2008 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET