Thursday, January 26, 2012

UPike Feasibility Contract Awarded

  • {Pikeville, Kentucky}...The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems will be paid $84,400 to complete a feasibility study ordered by Governor Steve Beshear last month after former Governor Paul Patton, now the president of UPike, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo introduced the idea of making the University of Pikeville a state school. According to the contract, NCHEMS must complete the study by March 15th, which doesn't leave much time to get House Bill 260 through the legislative process. Democratic state Representative Carl Rollins of Midway, chairman of the House Education Committee, said earlier this week that he would not call the bill until the study is complete. The Center helped former Governor Patton design the 1997 Higher Education Reform Act.