Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Education Committee To Hear UPike Proposal

  • {Frankfort, Kentucky}...House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday a proposal that would add the University of Pikeville to the state university system will get a hearing before the House Education Committee on February 21st. Under House Bill 260, UPike would receive coal-severance-tax money from a fund normally used for economic-development projects in twelve eastern Kentucky counties, which has received mixed reactions from officials in coal-producing counties. The university would deed over all of its land and buildings to the state, which would use coal-severance money to decrease tuition from about $17,000 this fall to about $7,000. A study on the feasibility of bringing UPike into the state university system is scheduled to be completed by March 15th. The House Education Committee is not expected to vote on the proposal until after that report is released.