Friday, August 29, 2014

New public private partnership includes UPike and WKU

The University of Pikeville and Western Kentucky University announced a partnership for some academic programs yesterday.

"We're both entrepreneurial," said Gary Ransdell, WKU president. "We've never seen a deal we didn't like."

"We started talking about how we can partner to meet the challenges that we both have, and the challenges in the west are very similar to the challenges in the east," said James Hurley, the president of the University of Pikeville.

WKU will offer speech language pathology classes, which will lead to classes for a master's degree in communication disorders, according to a release from the University of Pikeville.

WKU will also offer a master of social work to University of Pikeville students, the release noted.

The University of Pikeville will have five spots in its coming optometry school for WKU students.

"This credentialing is going to be very important for improved healthcare in this end of the state," said Ransdell.