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UK Offers Morehead State Students
Head Start at Graduate School

By George Lewis

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. (left) and Morehead State University Ronald G. Eaglin conferred following the news conference.

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UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. cited the program as an example of the way Kentucky's regional universities and the state's leading research university can collaborate "to enrich the educational opportunities for students and the research and grant opportunities for faculty."

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Oct. 2, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A new agreement between the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University permits students who are enrolled in Morehead State's Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy program to study for a master's degree in public administration at the UK Martin School of Public Policy and Administration while simultaneously completing their baccalaureate degrees.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. and Morehead State President Ronald G. Eaglin made the announcement today.

Todd cited the program as an example of the way Kentucky's regional universities and the state's leading research university can collaborate "to enrich the educational opportunities for students and the research and grant opportunities for faculty."

Eaglin said the program "illustrates the collaborative efforts in instruction and research that our state's top academic units should aspire to establish," and he praised the Martin School as a "prestigious, nationally ranked program."

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Martin School fifth nationally in the category of public finance and budgeting in the publication "Best Graduate Schools 2002," positioned between Harvard and Carnegie Mellon universities. The school's master of health administration program was ranked 35th. Overall, the school ranked 31st among some 250 public and private schools of its type. Among public institutions alone, the school ranked 18th overall.

Eugenia Toma, Martin School director, attributes the high rankings to the addition of an endowed chair in public finance, faculty members' successful
participation as officers of prominent national organizations, and the achievements of
Martin School graduates, many of whom hold leading jobs as city and state finance officers, city planners, health-service executives, and other high-level positions in the public and non-profit sector in Kentucky and across the nation.

The skills that come with a degree from the Martin School include the understanding of enormous and highly bureaucratic organizations, comfort in managing huge and complex budgets, and the skill to bring competing interest groups to the table.

The usefulness of such a degree is expected to increase as tens of thousands of baby boomers retire from their government jobs.

The Martin School offers the following degrees:

-- Master of Health Administration, which prepares candidates to work in administrative and managerial positions in all health care settings.

-- Pharm. D./Master of Public Administration, which is the only such program in the United States. This degree prepares candidates who seek careers in state and federal regulatory and administrative agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, and the academic field.

-- Master of Public Administration, which prepares students for a career in public or nonprofit managerial positions.


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