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EKU President Whitlock Not Taking Sides on UPIKE

by Kenny Colston on February 28, 2012

Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock is staying neutral on the proposal to bring the University of Pikeville into the state college system.

EKU is one of two universities expected to lose students if UPIKE becomes public. The other is Morehead State University, which is actively campaigning against the move.

Whitlock was scheduled to testify on the issue before the House Education Committee today, but a presentation by Morehead President Wayne Andrews took up all the committee’s time. Afterward, Whitlock told Kentucky Public Radio there are issues with poor education in Eastern Kentucky region and there are several remedies.

“UPIKE’s a possible solution,” he said. “The sorts of things that President Andrews just outlined around increased collaboration and such thing as University Center of the Mountains, that’s also a possibility.”

Whitlock also mentioned giving student loans to those in the region to study at other state universities that would be forgiven if they returned to far eastern Kentucky afterward.

Whitlock also said the state could give Eastern Kentucky residents forgivable student loans to study at other state universities.

The committee is expected to continue hearing testimony on the UPIKE bill for at least one more week.

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Study Finds Effects of Martin County Slurry Spill Still Felt

by Erica Peterson September 19, 2011

After a dam failed in Martin County in 2000 and released more than 3 million gallons of coal waste into area creeks, university sociologists began studying how the disaster affected local residents. The survey’s results found they were more distrustful of the local, state and federal governments than those living in surrounding counties. Now, the […]

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Study Shows Improvements in Kentucky’s Higher Education

by admin September 7, 2011

by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio A new study shows that Kentucky’s higher education reforms have been among the most successful in the nation, but state officials say there’s still significant work to do. The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems conducted the study. It looked at progress made since Kentucky enacted the Higher […]

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EKU Gaining Support to Host Presidential Debate

by admin July 5, 2011

Several federal and state elected officials have joined together to support Eastern Kentucky University’s bid to host a debate during next year’s presidential campaign. A package sent by university officials to the Commission on Presidential Debates includes strong letters of support from Democratic and Republican leaders, namely U.S. Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Sen. […]

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Members of Commission on Presidential Debates Visit Centre, EKU

by Gabe Bullard May 26, 2011

Eastern Kentucky University and Centre College in Kentucky have both been visited by members of the Commission on Presidential Debates. The two institutions both applied to host debates in next year’s presidential race. Officials with the schools confirmed today that members of the commission visited both campuses to tour potential venues. At EKU, the venue […]

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University Presidents: Explore New Revenue Sources

by Rick Howlett January 28, 2010

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The presidents of three public universities in Kentucky are urging lawmakers in Frankfort to spare their institutions any further budget cuts.             With the state facing a projected budget shortfall exceeding $1 billion over the next biennium, university presidents say the state needs a new source of revenue.  They’re […]

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Artists Suffer Under Recession; Researchers Look at Economic Impact

by ekramer January 25, 2010

The recession has cost many Americans their job — including artists. Even those who are self-employed have taken a hit. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer talks to several Kentucky artists feeling the recession and looks at how researchers are trying to find new ways of gauging how their wellbeing impacts the overall economy. “There’s some stuff that’s […]

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