By Caliesha Comley
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear named Oct. 22 “Private College Appreciation Day”, recognizing the excellent post-secondary opportunities provided in the Bluegrass by schools such as Asbury University, Berea College, Centre College, and our very own Georgetown College.
Kentucky is home to 20 of these institutions which, according to the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), enroll upwards of 36,000 students and produce more than 8,000 degrees annually. AIKCU is the member organization which represents these college and universities.
Though they receive no state funds, colleges like Georgetown are still able to accept student aid administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. This arrangement is praised for the affordable, alternative and high-quality options given to students at little cost to the Commonwealth.
On Oct. 22 in Frankfort, representatives from the private colleges and universities gathered to meet with alumni and other private college affiliates to celebrate their achievements. President Greene, who just took office at Georgetown on Monday, was among the representatives. Earlier on Tuesday, Dr. Greene was welcomed to the state and the AIKCU by the governor as one of his many initiatory events leading to the Private College Appreciation Day reception later that evening.