Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Morehead looks for recruits

University offering Ohio undergraduates in-state tuition

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kentucky's Morehead State University is recruiting Ohio undergraduates with the promise of $1,255 in-state tuition for the coming year.

        The school, between Lexington and Huntington, W.Va., claims the most affordable tuition of any Kentucky state university.

        Morehead is recruiting in Ohio and other neighboring states to stem student losses, spokeswoman Pauline Young said, and the program does not involve reciprocal arrangements with other schools.

        The number of young adults around Morehead is falling, and of the college age students who graduate high school, more are going into technical training or the workplace than to college.

        Morehead peaked at 9,000 students a few years ago and is down almost to 8,000, she said.

        Without successful recruiting outside its region, that number will decline, she added.

        Eligible Ohioans include chil dren and grandchildren of active alumni and students in 13 southern counties if they scored at least 18 on the ACT or 840-880 on the SAT.

        Morehead also wants students from anywhere in Ohio with an ACT of 25 or better (1120-1150 SAT).

        Ms. Young conceded that Morehead's recruiting overlapped populations from which Ohio schools and Northern Kentucky University draw, but she said price-cutting was approved by the Commonwealth's Council on Post- secondary Education.

        Limited tuition reciprocity benefits Ohioans in Brown, Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties and Kentuckians in Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton counties.

        Under that agreement, Kentuckians may attend the University of Cincinnati for most two-year and graduate degrees but not four-year degrees. Ohioans with two-year degrees from UC can enroll in most four-year programs at Northern Kentucky University.


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