The Importance of WKU Regional Campuses
- Monday, October 31st, 2022
Recently, many of you joined us on our WKU Glasgow campus for a celebration of its 20th anniversary. As we gathered to commemorate two decades at 500 Hilltopper Way, we shared stories illustrating the historical importance of the area to WKU. Our institution traces its origins to Glasgow and the greater Barren County region, with the establishment of the Glasgow Normal School in 1875. While the school eventually relocated to Bowling Green, WKU committed to maintain a strong presence in the region. We take pride in WKU in Glasgow’s continued work to serve as our front door to students in that area.
Similarly, our campuses in Owensboro, Elizabethtown-Ft. Knox and Somerset help expand access and opportunity to residents across our 27-county service region and beyond. For many placebound individuals, these campuses bring a WKU degree within reach.
Our regional campuses also symbolize our commitment to strengthening and elevating communities throughout our Commonwealth. We tailor each degree program offered at these campuses to serve the unique needs of the area’s workforce demands. Through our regional campuses, WKU continues to serve as a beacon for community improvement and growth, logic-based problem solving and hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
While in Glasgow, I announced a new program that will bring the WKU Experience to even more students. Beginning in fall 2023, The Early College at WKU in Glasgow will provide students from seven area high schools (Allen County-Scottsville; Barren County; Caverna; Glasgow; Hart County; Metcalfe County; and Monroe County) the opportunity to travel to the Glasgow campus during their junior and senior years of high school for half days of college coursework. Studying in the classroom alongside WKU undergraduates, they will earn 15 hours of WKU credit their junior year and an additional 15 hours their senior year. Upon graduating high school, they will have completed a full year of WKU coursework in one of five professional career tracks: agriculture; business management; crime and legal studies; education; and nursing. This innovative program represents just one example of the paths to a WKU degree that our regional campuses provide.
While most of our students complete their WKU Experience at our Bowling Green campus, we cannot overlook the critical role our regional campuses play for so many of our students. To all of the faculty and staff at our four regional locations, thank you for all that you do to expand access to WKU.
Timothy C. Caboni