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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A small, historically black college founded 135 years ago by former slaves celebrated a milestone Monday - gaining national accreditation that’s expected to spur growth for the tiny campus in Louisville.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth joined students, faculty and administrators in marking the new status for Simmons College of Kentucky, a private school that hopes to double its enrollment next fall with the addition of several new academic programs.
“Simply put, accreditation is value,” said Kevin Cosby, the college’s president. “It is proof that Simmons has met national standards necessary to produce graduates who are prepared to enter into their selected professions.”
Simmons said its accreditation was awarded by The Association of Biblical Higher Education, comprised of almost 200 postsecondary institutions across North America. The school completed an eight-year assessment of its academic and financial standards to achieve the recognition.
School leaders said the newfound status also positions the school to seek federal designation among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. That designation could pump a minimum of $300,000 annually into Simmons, they said.
The school also landed a large financial award Monday to further the momentum.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Mental health records for patients in Kentucky are on their way to meeting federal regulations after a bill passed through the Senate Monday, seeking to bring them up to code.
The measure would allow mental health care providers to participate in an electronic information network in order to meet federal requirements.
The bill’s sponsor is Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, a Republican from Lexington.
Kerr says the bill aims to help people by having mental health care providers practice the same information exchange as practiced by physical health care providers.
The measure passed out of the Senate on a unanimous vote of 35-0. It now moves to the House for consideration.
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