State University (MSU) is a comprehensive public university with robust
undergraduate and graduate programs, emerging doctoral programs, and an
emphasis on regional engagement. MSU aspires to be the best public regional
university in the South through a commitment to academic excellence, student
success, building productive partnerships, improving infrastructure, enhancing
resources, and improving enrollment and retention.
located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County,
Kentucky. Founded in 1887 as Morehead Normal School, it was a private,
church-supported institution known as “a light to the mountains.” In 1926, it
became part of the state-supported system and was renamed Morehead State Normal
School and Teacher’s College. An increase in enrollment and degree programs
resulted in successive renaming as Morehead State College (1948) and its
current designation as Morehead State University (1966). The mission
statement/purpose of MSU is as follows:
community of lifelong learners, we
MSU has an
eleven-member Board of Regents that serves by statute as the governing body of
the University. The board is dedicated to the promotion of the mission and
goals of the University. The board is also responsible for the creation or dissolution
of degrees upon approval of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
MSU has 137
undergraduate and 74 graduate degree programs in four colleges: Caudill College
of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Business and Technology;
College of Education; and College of Science. MSU offers associate,
baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees as well as undergraduate
and graduate certificates.
In the fall
of 2015, MSU employed 438 total faculty members: 349 full-time (77.4% tenured
or tenure track) and 89 part-time faculty members in addition to 772 full-time
staff and 158 part-time staff.
MSU’s annual operating budget, approved by the Board of Regents each
June, is based on projected funds from tuition and fees, state appropriation,
sales and services of educational activities, and auxiliary enterprise revenue.
The University’s independent external auditors conduct an annual audit and
disclose concerns and recommendations to the Board if needed. MSU has received
no audit concerns or recommendations in recent history.
MSU is part
of the Kentucky public postsecondary education system. Our service region consists
of 22 counties in eastern Kentucky; however, our outreach extends far beyond
the service region. The University’s main campus is located in Morehead,
Kentucky with regional campuses in Ashland, Mt. Sterling, Prestonsburg and West
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