Regents approve Doctor of Psychology program

Leah Brown

Updates on the affairs of WKU including enrollment and Graves-Gilbert Clinic at WKU dominated most of the Board of Regents committee meetings Friday.

During the meeting, Brian Meredith, chief enrollment and graduation officer, gave his fifth-week enrollment report.

“International enrollments are looking strong,” Meredith said.

The enrollment report stated 1,368 international students were enrolled at WKU.

The report also said 20,303 students are enrolled at WKU, down from the 20,676 students that were enrolled during the 2013 fall fifth-week enrollment report.

The board also approved a program for a Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology. Gordon Emslie, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said it will be the university’s fourth doctoral program, if approved by the full board meeting next month.

In her report, Ann Mead, senior vice president for Finance and Administration, gave an update on the Graves-Gilbert Clinic. Since their opening on Aug. 1, the clinic has seen 1,740 patients.

“They are comfortable with their hitting the ground and meeting the campus’s needs. Obviously, there were some surprises for them and some surprises for us, but we’re in communication daily,” Mead said.

Brian Kuster, executive director of Housing and Residence Life, gave his report on HRL occupancy.  He said there are no more male spaces available in dorms on campus, but there are still some female rooms vacant.

The campus apartments on Kentucky Street, which opened in August, have drawn many students who have already moved off campus to move back on campus, he said.

Howard Bailey, vice president for Student Affairs, said many of the houses near campus, such as those on High Street and Park Street, still have rent signs in their yards.

“We’re seeing a lot more available housing than what we normally would see in August or September,” Bailey said. 

He attributes the empty houses to students moving into the campus apartments or students choosing to remain on campus after their sophomore year.

The Board of Regents will meet next on Oct. 31.