5:39pm

Tue December 27, 2011
State Capitol

The University of Pikeville Study Initiated

Governor Beshear says a study of the feasibility of adding the University of Pikeville to the state public system will begin in the weeks ahead.  The governor’s office will issue a request for proposals this week to hire a consultant to lead the review. Spokeswoman for the governor,  Kerri Richardson says it will be a 360 degree look at the issue.

“The governor feels strongly that before we think about adding any more schools to the state university system, we need to do a thorough review to look at the advisability and feasibility of adding on an additional school to the system,” said Richardson.

Richardson says there are a number of issues which deserve attention before any decision is made.

“The educational needs in the eastern Kentucky area..the capacity of existing educational institutions to meet those needs…the economic impact of that school in that area..the impact that adding additional schools will have on existing state universities..these are all things that he wants to have thoroughly reviewed by an independent study,” added Richardson.

Richardson says such a study should take a couple of months to complete.  The state conducted similar reviews before expanding the system to include the University of Louisville in 1970.