There is room to grow at Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus. But school administrators in the southeast Kentucky town face questions of when and how to grow. Director of E-K-U’s Manchester campus, Terry Gray says about 300 students are currently enrolled in classes. “We could handle in terms of size and classroom seats...we could go from three to 12 hundred. Now to do that, it would be more than just working with our local community. We would have to work with our service region including Clay, Jackson, Bell, Owsley, Harlan, Perry,” said Gray.
And Gray says it’s a disservice to the students at a regional campus like Manchester if enrollment grows without sufficient support services.
Partnerships between Eastern Kentucky University’s Manchester campus and local institutions could result in new academic programs. Regional campus director Terry Gray says an association with a health care provider like Manchester Memorial Hospital would create opportunities.
“So they do, they do and need everything from nurses, managers, grounds keeping, accounting…so one way to partner with them would be, for example with nursing…if we work with them to offer the clinicals at the hospital versus us taking that on here,” added Gray.
Much of the focus at the Manchester campus is on transitioning students from the southeast Kentucky town to EKU’s Richmond campus.