Kentucky public colleges named 2011 University System of the Year

Katherine Wade

Along with the other seven public universities in Kentucky, WKU helped the state earn the title 2011 University System of the Year by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

The Washington Center, which was established 1975, is a nonprofit organization that helps hundreds of colleges and universities provide students with internships and other opportunities for academic credit in Washington, D.C.

According to a press release from the Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky’s state universities have partnered with The Washington Center for seven years. During that time, they have collectively sent 130 students to the capital for work and learning experiences.

Mike Smith, president of the Washington Center, said in the press release that Kentucky is a true model for other states.

“Kentucky’s university system has worked hard to make The Washington Center program within reach for students, offering scholarships and academic credit arrangements,” Smith said.

Paul E. Patton, former Kentucky governor and current chair of the CPE, will accept the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club on Oct. 3.