Gov. Beshear looking into adding UPike to state system
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Tuesday that a study of the advisability and feasibility of adding the University of Pikeville to the state university system will begin immediately. Many students attend schools based on proximity to their homes, said Gov. Beshear, and many will remain in the region after graduation. The schools tend to attract highly educated employees, while also developing new research and partnerships with government and private businesses.
The proposal to make UPike a part of the state college system was revealed last week. House Speaker Greg Stumbo threw his full support behind the idea, saying the regionâ€™s unmet higher education needs are the last piece of the puzzle to fighting Eastern Kentuckyâ€™s chronic history of poverty.