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GEORGETOWN COLLEGE STUDENTS GET MASTER'S OPPORTUNITY AT UK

By Ralph Derickson

 

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"This agreement between Georgetown College and the Martin School at the University of Kentucky is a wonderful example of how private colleges and public research universities can collaborate and work together to enrich the educational opportunities for students."

--Charles T. Wethington Jr., UK President

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Dec. 11, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – A new agreement between the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College permits Georgetown students to study for a master's degree in public administration at UK while simultaneously completing their baccalaureate degrees at Georgetown.

UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr. and Georgetown College President William Crouch announced the agreement today.

"This agreement between Georgetown College and the Martin School at the University of Kentucky is a wonderful example of how private colleges and public research universities can collaborate and work together to enrich the educational opportunities for students," President Wethington said.  "I hope it serves as a model for additional cooperative efforts and exchanges between the two institutions," he added.

Former Kentucky U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, a Distinguished Fellow in the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, and former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins, an Executive Scholar in Residence at Georgetown, also participated in the announcement ceremony.  Ford and Collins were instrumental in forging the agreement between the two schools.

Four Georgetown students who already are enrolled in the dual-degree program also attended the announcement.

Georgetown College will pay tuition for its students to attend the Martin School from the tuition the students have already paid to attend Georgetown.

Eugenia Toma, director of the UK Martin School, said a student in the dual-degree program might, by taking some summer classes, earn both degrees in five years, rather than the six years it would ordinarily take to complete both degree programs.

The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration placed 20th nationally in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.  The school has more than 750 alumni, 327 of whom have MPAs.  Fifty-four students are currently enrolled in the MPA program.

Martin School graduates are employed in many jobs in the federal, state, and local governments as well as colleges and universities and non-profit organizations.  The list of employers includes the Peace Corps, U.S. Army and Navy, Kentucky and Tennessee state agencies, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and the Louisville Mayor's Office, the Council of State Governments and such schools as Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Penn.


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