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FRANKFORT, Ky.Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed October 22, 2013 “Private College Appreciation Day” in Kentucky. The proclamation recognizes the important role that Kentucky’s 20 nonprofit, private colleges and universities play in providing choice and access to high-quality postsecondary opportunities at little cost to the Commonwealth.

The proclamation also lauded the nonprofit private colleges and universities for their contributions to Kentucky’s strategic agenda for postsecondary education. Kentucky’s private nonprofit colleges and universities receive no state appropriation, but private college students are eligible for the lottery-funded student financial aid programs administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. Private colleges receive less than 5 percent of all postsecondary monies in Kentucky, all in the form of direct financial aid, but these 20 colleges and universities enroll more than 36,000 students and produce more than 8,000 degrees annually.

“We’re delighted that Governor Beshear has joined us in recognizing and celebrating the impact Kentucky’s private colleges and universities make throughout Kentucky,” said Gary S. Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). “These 20 institutions make a difference in the lives of Kentuckians every day by providing high quality, affordable educations that prepare graduates for meaningful lives and careers.”

The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges will host a Private College Appreciation Day celebration on October 22 from 4-6 PM at the AIKCU office, 484 Chenault Road in Frankfort. Representatives from the private colleges and universities will be on hand to meet with alumni and friends of Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges. The event is free and open to the public. More information and registration is available at

The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) is the member organization that serves as the voice of Kentucky’s 20 nonprofit, private colleges and universities: Alice Lloyd College, Asbury University, Bellarmine University, Berea College, Brescia University, Campbellsville University, Centre College, Georgetown College, Kentucky Christian University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lindsey Wilson College, Mid-Continent University, Midway College, St. Catharine College, Spalding University, Thomas More College, Transylvania University, Union College, University of the Cumberlands, and University of Pikeville.