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Michael Benson

Michael Benson

Dr. Michael Benson, president of Eastern Kentucky University, discusses the budgetary challenges the university has faced and his new book College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy.
Season 14 Episode 16 Length 27:32 Premiere: 1/18/19

EKU President Michael Benson on Higher Education Challenges and His New Book

In the book “College for the Commonwealth,” co-author Michael Benson makes the case that higher education is crucial to fostering an informed, engaged, and productive citizenry that benefits all Americans, not just the one who attend a college or university.

That’s especially true in Kentucky, which Benson says is fortunate to have a robust system of higher education, from highly regarded private institutions like Transylvania University and Centre College, to the network of public research universities, regional universities, and community college campuses.

“It should be something we should appreciate and cherish and promulgate and support,” says Benson, “and we’ve got to do a better job of making that case.”

Benson is the 13th president of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. He appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss the contributions of higher education to a civil society, and the challenges EKU and other schools in the commonwealth face today.
 

A School for All of Kentucky
EKU began as the Eastern Kentucky Normal School in 1906, but its roots go all the way back to a private college called Central University, which was founded in Richmond in 1874.

Now the school has an enrollment of more than 14,000 and a service region of 22 southeastern Kentucky counties, but Benson says the school attracts students from across the commonwealth.

“Ninety-two percent of our freshman class this last year was from the state of Kentucky,” he says. “While we say Eastern Kentucky University describes who we are, it doesn’t define who we are. We really, in a lot of ways, are Kentucky’s university in that we have the highest percentage of Kentucky students at our institution than any other place.”

Another key characteristic of EKU students, according to Benson, is that 51 percent of them are eligible for federal financial aid called Pell Grants. Those are need-based grants to low-income students which do not have to be repaid. That assistance puts higher education within reach of people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to go to college.

“We service a certain population [for whom] college is that one opportunity that is going to change their lives more than anything else,” he says.

In Benson’s five years as president of EKU, the school has seen record enrollments and improved student retention and graduation rates. He attributes some of that success to upgraded campus facilities that promote student safety and comfort.

“Students today are pretty sophisticated,” Benson says. “If they show up with their mom and dad… and you don’t have what they want in terms of a residence hall, academic space… a dining hall and a [recreation] center, their money is portable.”

Life Under Performance-Based Funding
But the past decade has not been easy for EKU and Kentucky’s other public universities. The schools have faced multiple rounds of state budget cuts, rising pension obligations, and staff and faculty downsizings.

There’s also the new performance-based funding model, which ties an institution’s state appropriation to achieving certain metrics like the number of degrees awarded, the type of degree produced (such as science and technology versus liberal arts), and whether the school is closing achievement gaps between various student groups.

Critics argue performance-based funding could benefit larger schools at the expense of smaller, regional universities like EKU that tend to serve students from rural communities that may have more economic and academic disadvantages. Benson says performance funding is here to stay, although he expects it to be adjusted over time. He credits the model with forcing schools to focus – in a positive way – on important performance outcomes.

“There’s an investment that the state of Kentucky makes in our institutions,” he says. “So are we being accountable, are we producing right degrees, are we doing it in a timely way, are we being efficient with what I would consider really sacred funds that the taxpayers of the state of Kentucky give us?”

Despite the funding obstacles, Benson says Kentucky’s higher education system is performing well, earning a B or B-plus, in his opinion.

The Case for Higher Education
State officials are also pushing the colleges and universities to better prepare students for the thousands of jobs currently available in Kentucky and positions that are expected to open in the future. That includes a greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and health-related degrees.

But that doesn’t mean liberal arts degrees are going away. Benson says those programs will continue to be important because of the benefits they offer students as they transition from school to the job market.

“It’s more than just getting job training, it’s more than just filling that cog in the machine for workforce needs,” he says. “It’s… the ability to get along with other people, to reason, to think, to write, to argue cogently… That’s what college should be about.”

Yet higher education in the United States continues to come under attack by some. Benson says some of those criticisms arise from problems the system itself has created, such as athletics scandals or problems with financial mismanagement.

Some states have also looked at reevaluating or even scrapping tenure for college faculty. Benson says tenure is core to academic life because it enables professors to be bold and outspoken without fear of losing their jobs. He also says it’s critical for smaller schools like Eastern.

“You’re going to have a hard time attracting faculty without any sort of guarantees of tenure at a place like EKU if it were to go away,” he says.

Given these criticisms, Benson says it’s incumbent for college and university leaders to make the case that higher education is fundamental, even critical, to a civil society. That’s what he does in “College for the Commonwealth: A Case for Higher Education in American Democracy,” the book he co-authored last year with Hal R. Boyd.

Benson and Boyd explored the origins of the U.S. system of higher education, and explore the benefits of postsecondary learning to students, communities, and the nation. Benson says President George Washington was among the first people to call for a national university even though he never attended college.

“He saw the inherent value in an educated citizenry,” Benson says, “because a more educated citizenry is going to be a benefit to all of us.”

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Premiered On: 09/08/2017

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Premiered On: 09/22/2017

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Premiered On: 09/29/2017

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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

  • Monday May 16, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health America of Kentucky - S17 E32

  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

  • Friday May 13, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

  • Thursday May 12, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:29 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 9:29 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

  • Monday May 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams - S17 E31

  • Sunday May 15, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

  • Friday May 6, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

  • Thursday May 5, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Anthony Smith - S11 E16

  • Monday May 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Brigitte Blom - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence - S17 E30

  • Sunday May 8, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

  • Friday April 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

  • Thursday April 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Ari Berman - S11 E9

  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Allison Joseph - S11 E8

  • Monday April 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center - S17 E18

  • Sunday May 1, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Jill Seyfred - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky - S17 E28

  • Sunday April 24, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET

Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

  • Friday April 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

  • Thursday April 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 14 Episodes

The 'I Was Here' Project

S14 E36 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 8/4/19

Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller; Wendy Kobler

S14 E35 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 7/28/19

Filmmaker Lynn Novick

S14 E33 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 7/14/19

Brent Hutchinson; Christine Thompson - Education

S14 E32 Length 27:37 Premiere Date 7/7/19

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton - Youth Mental Health

S14 E31 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 6/2/19

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention

S14 E29 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 5/19/19

Dale Suttles - Sunrise Children's Services

S14 E28 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 5/12/19

Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky

S14 E27 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 5/5/19

Joshua A. Douglas - Voting Rights Reform

S14 E25 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4/21/19

Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

S14 E24 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4/14/19

Author and Life Coach Colene Elridge

S14 E23 Length 26:19 Premiere Date 4/7/19

FIRST STEP Act - Criminal Justice Reform

S14 E22 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 3/31/19

Cheryl A. Oldham

S14 E21 Length 26:38 Premiere Date 2/22/19

Linda Hampton - Early Childhood

S14 E20 Length 29:47 Premiere Date 2/15/19

Donald Mason

S14 E19 Length 26:34 Premiere Date 2/8/19

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

S14 E18 Length 28:53 Premiere Date 2/1/19

Seamus Carey

S14 E17 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 1/25/19

Michael Benson

S14 E16 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 1/18/19

Dr. Aaron Thompson

S14 E14 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 1/11/19

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

S14 E13 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 12/14/18

Youth Suicide

S14 E12 Length 29:22 Premiere Date 12/7/18

Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale

S14 E11 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 11/16/18

M. Christopher Brown II

S14 E10 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11/9/18

Frank Harris

S14 E9 Length 25:17 Premiere Date 11/2/18

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr

S14 E8 Length 29:16 Premiere Date 10/26/18

Amy McGrath

S14 E7 Length 29:02 Premiere Date 10/19/18

Kevin Chapman - Youth Mental Health

S14 E6 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 10/12/18

Carol Cecil; Resa Gonzalez - Youth Mental Health

S14 E5 Length 26:03 Premiere Date 10/5/18

Joe Bargione - Youth Mental Health

S14 E4 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 9/28/18

WKU President Timothy Caboni

S14 E3 Length 28:40 Premiere Date 9/21/18

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

S14 E1 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 9/14/18

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