Increasing Our Presence
Enrollment at WKU regional campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown/Radcliff/Fort Knox has nearly doubled since 2001, increasing from 2,822 students to well over 5,000 in 2011. At the same time, the number of courses, programs, and student services offered have also increased dramatically. Although the majority of courses are taught face-to-face, distance learning has increased significantly and now accounts for 32 percent of regional campus course enrollments.
Partnerships with seven community and technical colleges have made transferring credits to WKU a seamless process. These joint admissions agreements with Bowling Green Technical College, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Henderson Community College, Hopkinsville Community College, Madisonville Community College, Owensboro Community and Technical College, and Somerset Community College allow students to be jointly admitted to a KCTCS school and WKU, providing a seamless path to a fouryear degree. Nearly 1,000 students have been admitted into the joint admissions programs since the first ones began in 2009.
Serving a 10-county area, WKU-Glasgow is the largest of the three regional campuses, accounting for more than half of regional campus enrollments. The Glasgow campus was established in 1988 after a major community effort that included fundraising and even hands-on work to prepare classrooms for students at the original Liberty Street location. In 2001 the campus moved to its current location at 500 Hilltopper Way. More than 4,900 full-time and parttime students have on-site access to academic advising, career services, counseling and testing, financial aid, and library services. WKU-Glasgow is unique in that it is the only WKU regional campus to offer four-year degrees. WKU-Glasgow is gearing up for its 25-year anniversary celebration in early 2013.
Beginning with only 82 students in 1969, the WKU-Owensboro campus has been educating students for more than 40 years. Prior to 2010, classes were held at various locations in Owensboro throughout the years. Thanks to the Daviess County fiscal court, WKU-O now has its own state-of- the-art facility that was dedicated in April 2010. The new building is home to academic classrooms, an electronic library, administrative offices, and a conference center used for both WKU-O and community events. Students have the convenience of purchasing class materials and apparel at the on-site WKU Store. WKU-O continues to grow student enrollment and program offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. There are more than 40 part-time and full-time faculty teaching more than 200 upper division classes at WKU-O each year.
WKU-Elizabethtown/Radcliff/ Fort Knox
WKU began offering graduate classes for teachers and school administrators in Hardin County in 1964. Extended campus classes at Fort Knox began in 1973. WKU established an administrative office at Elizabethtown Community College in 1987, and in 1991 the Elizabethtown program was granted “Center” status by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The Radcliff Regional Education and Development Center opened in 2008,primarily due to growth at Fort Knox. In total, the Elizabethtown Center now enrolls more than 1,300 full-time and part-time students at the three Hardin County locations.
WKU was selected as a charter college in the GoArmyEd system to provide programs and classes for Soldiers. The Fort Knox program is coordinated with the Army Continuing Education System and meets military standards in addition to University, site, and accreditation standards. Because of the strong relationship with the United States Army, WKU was ranked in the top 20 in the nation as a “Best for Vets College” by Military Times Edge Magazine and has been designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2009 by G.I. Jobs Magazine.
While graduates from these three campuses are encouraged to attend commencement ceremonies in Bowling Green, all three regional campuses now hold local commencement celebrations for their students.