A Dozen Schools Promise a Deeper Partnership

Feb 29, 2012

A dozen universities and colleges in central and eastern Kentucky have strengthened their partnership.  During a signing ceremony today, they created the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium.  Among them are Morehead State, the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU President Doug Whitlock says the agreement remove many of the barriers that separate these institutions.

“One of the things that we hope to see grow out of this is a situation where if a student on one campus is one course away graduating and their home institution’s not teaching that course in a particular semester, that they can take it somewhere else,” said Whitlock.

Among the first to sign on was the President of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  Augusta Julian says it will allow more students to take more classes at multiple schools.

“We also think it’s important to create bigger pathways for students in the region so that they can pick and choose among the unique programs, among the terrific courses, great faculty throughout our colleges,” said Julian.

To create the partnership, Centre College President John Roush said the schools had to set aside their arrogance.

“The magic here was partnerships. We didn’t go into this thinking we had to do it.  Somebody else was already about that business and we were able to lock arms with that organization and accomplish something very, very important in our case, the things that we think about in the lives of our students and the kind of educational experiences they might have.”

The president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College says the Consortium should promote more joint research projects between the institutions.   President Doug Whitlock of Eastern Kentucky University said it should also allow more students to attend classes on multiple campuses.