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WKU President Timothy Caboni

WKU President Timothy Caboni

Dr. Timothy Caboni, president of Western Kentucky University, talks about his freshman year as the 10th president of WKU, as well as goals and challenges for the institution.
S14 E3 Length 28:40 Premiere: 9.21.18

Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni

It’s been a tough decade for Kentucky’s public universities, as they’ve had to deal with multiple cuts to state higher education funding, tuition increases, administration shakeups, and staff and faculty downsizings.

Through it all, Western Kentucky University President Timothy Caboni is pleased to report that enrollment at his school in Bowling Green, Ky., has remained steady at around 20,000 students. Caboni attributes that success to being what he calls a “Goldilocks university.”

“We’re not too big, we’re not too small, we’re just right,” he says. “You can find your place, you have faculty that will wrap their arms around you and care deeply about your success, and get you to graduation. At the same time we offer everything you can imagine that a university offers, and if we don’t have it, we’ll create it with you.”

Caboni, who is in his second year as president of WKU, appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss his plans for the school and the challenges facing higher education in the commonwealth.

Caboni is no stranger to Bowling Green. He got his master’s degree in corporate and organizational communications from Western in 1994. After that, he served as an associate dean at Vanderbilt University and a vice chancellor at the University of Kansas before being named WKU’s 10th president in 2017.

During his first year on the job, Caboni led a strategic planning process that involved hundreds of people across the campus.

“It doesn’t matter what my vision is for the campus,” he says. “What matters is what we aspire to together as a community.”

The resulting 10-year plan, called Climbing to Greater Heights, focuses on improving student success. That includes embracing WKU’s role of being an applied research university rather than a so-called “research one” school like the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville.

“Research universities are wonderful things, and we don’t need another one of those in the state of Kentucky,” says Caboni. “We want to be the state’s applied research university… We want every one of our students, as soon as they’re ready in their freshman [or] sophomore years, to work alongside a faculty member on a project that is connected to their career path and also connected to the real world.”

Ensuring Students Are Ready for University Work
But attracting and retaining the best students isn’t easy in an era of tighter budgets and higher tuitions. Caboni says WKU used to receive about half of its funding from the state. Now it’s only 17 percent.

“That means we have to find other ways to help young people and their families afford to have access and to be successful at Western Kentucky University,” he says.

The school will provide more financial aid for students, says Caboni, and it will also retool its admissions policies to focus on those students who have the best chances for success in college.

“There was a cohort of young people that we were admitting that really were not ready to do work at a four-year institution,” he says. “We have to be honest with those students, with their schools, and with their families that they’re not ready to be here.”

For example, out of a group of 100 freshmen that entered WKU in the fall, Caboni says 80 of them had dropped out by the start of the spring semester. And they left school with an average student loan debt of $4,000.

“That’s wrong,” he says.

Instead, Caboni wants to help students like that get into a community college where they stand a greater chance of success. When they complete their education there, they can transfer to WKU for their junior and senior years and pay a tuition that is comparable to what they were paying at the community college.

The university is also launching a comprehensive advising program that not only helps new students navigate their academic activities, but will also help them with financial aid issues, health concerns, and integrating socially into campus life. Next year, WKU will launch a five-week summer academy for incoming freshmen that need extra help acclimating to the college environment. Those students will get to move into their dorm rooms early, work with mentors and faculty navigators, and take two courses, all for a $500 fee.

“This allows us to help them get over those first humps that they face in a very hands-on way with all the support that they need,” Caboni says.

Adjusting to a New State Funding Mechanism
WKU and other state universities not only face lower overall state funding, but a portion of their public support is now being allocated based on how the schools perform on several key metrics. Those factors include the number of degrees awarded, the type of degree produced (such as science and technology versus liberal arts), course credit hours completed by students, and whether the school is closing achievement gaps between various student groups. Caboni says this outcomes-based funding means that the public universities and community colleges in the commonwealth will, in essence, compete against each other for state support.

“It’s reasonable for the taxpayers of Kentucky to expect us to do certain things for the money they invest in our public institutions,” says Caboni.

Presidents at some of the state’s regional universities have argued that outcomes-based funding favors the larger schools in the commonwealth. Caboni says using aggregate numbers for degree attainment and other student measures does favor some institutions. But over time, the metrics will evolve to compare an individual school’s performance against an average for the entire state system.

Caboni says he’s embraces the competitive nature of outcomes-based funding because he believes WKU can win.

“What we have to focus in on is, how do you align internal allocations with those outcome metrics,” he says. “So [we’re] thinking about how we reward not just deans but also department chairs with dollars when you have more students who enroll, more course taking, how students persist and how they graduate. If we are able to align our internal resource allocation with those external metrics, we’re going to be fine.”

Supporting Surrounding Communities
Still, a budget shortfall forced WKU to cut some 150 faculty and staff positions earlier this year. Caboni says university officials simply have to do more with less and be creative in fostering new partnerships. One example is a new medical school campus that WKU is hosting in collaboration with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“That’s a great win, not for UK or for WKU,” Caboni says. “That’s a great win for Bowling Green and south central Kentucky to produce new primary care physicians.”

Caboni is keenly aware of WKU’s role in supporting surrounding communities. The school’s new strategic plan includes a section devoted to nurturing the quality of life in the region.

“We know we are linked to the success of the economy of south central Kentucky,” he says. “We can’t only focus on Warren County. We have to elevate all 27 counties in our service region.

“Without us, the future is tough for those places,” Caboni adds.

Caboni says WKU can cooperate and collaborate on attracting new businesses and investments to the region. And it can prepare students to fill some of the thousands of jobs that are currently open those communities.

“With the desperate workforce needs that we have as a state, we have an obligation as a public institution to provide that educated workforce,” says Caboni.

The school has launched a pilot program that will enable individuals who have an associate’s degree in health care, information technology, business, or manufacturing fields to earn a bachelor’s degree through online study. The total price for students is $7,500.

“That is the cheapest per-credit tuition of any public four-year institution in the state,” says Caboni. “So we’re really working hard to help those folks who are in the workplace and who need a bachelor’s degree to move ahead in their career get that.”

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

Renee speaks with former NBA standout Dominique Wilkins about his storied career and his current mission to help combat the nation's diabetes epidemic.

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talks about the FDA's new response to drug addiction unveiled earlier this year, resulting in efforts to expand the availability of overdose reversal drugs. Renee spoke with Dr. Califf during his recent listening tour at the Pikeville Medical Center, where he heard from frontline healthcare workers and policy makers battling and treating addiction. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play Snapshot and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

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David Thompson - S12 E11

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

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Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

In honor of Women’s History Month, Renee Shaw talks to Kentucky student and author Prisha Hedau, who published her book PANDEMIC 2020 last fall, written when she was just 9-years-old. Next, former social studies teachers Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard talk about their book Bluegrass Bold: Stories of Kentucky Women for use in Kentucky classrooms. The book highlights the contributions of more than 30 Kentucky women.

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

What does it take to be a good leader? Renee speaks with Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams, the creators of the High Impact Leadership Project that helps people build their leadership prowess. Then, life coach Colene Elridge discusses her workplace trainings on communication, generational understanding, empowering women in leadership roles, and self-care.

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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

Renee's guest is Pikeville, Kentucky native Walter Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliam has done extensive research in early childhood education and intervention policy analysis and talks about his research on implicit bias among preschool educators. He was a keynote speaker at Kentucky's 2017 Early Childhood Institute conference in Louisville.

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Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

Renee's guest is Mt. Sterling native and author Kayla Rae Whitaker, one of the writers featured at the 2017 Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky. Whitaker's debut novel, The Animators, explores the complexities of female friendships, self-identity, and success in the male-dominated field of animation.

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Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - S12 E44

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Governor Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

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Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

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Cynthia Knapek

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Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

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Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

  • Saturday May 8, 2021 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

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Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

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State Treasurer Allison Ball; Sharon Price

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Ari Berman - S11 E9

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Allison Joseph - S11 E8

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

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Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

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Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

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Chef and Activist Dan Wu

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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

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Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

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Kinship Care - S10 E46

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Faith Politics - S10 E45

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EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

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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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