Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky Virtual University opens registration for summer and fall terms

Release Date: April 26, 2005
Contact: Sue Patrick, Council on Postsecondary Education
Phone: (502) 573-1555

(FRANKFORT, Ky) - Registration for the summer and fall terms is now under way at the Kentucky Virtual University. Students can choose from 61 online degree programs and 630 courses offered by Kentucky's accredited colleges and universities. The fully online programs range from certificate programs to complete degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels.

The KYVU has over 60,000 learners enrolled this spring and hopes to increase participation this fall.

“KYVU strives to make postsecondary education, adult education and professional development opportunities more accessible, efficient and responsive to all students,” said Norma Northern, interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer.

Resources offered through KYVU’s initiatives and partnerships include the following:

  • Kentucky Virtual Adult Education - This award-winning Web site, a partnership between the Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Virtual University, was created in 2001 to help Kentucky adults achieve their education goals, which include skills improvement, grade level goals, professional development or completion of the GED. 
  • Kentucky Virtual Library - Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) provides resources for K-12 students, librarians and educators, college and university faculty and students, and adult education educators and learners. KYVL supports lifelong learning for all Kentuckians.
  • - Developed by the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) in collaboration with Kentucky Adult Education, addresses the needs of Kentucky educators by providing timely and efficient professional development through online courses designed to present research-based best practices.
  • - The KYVU, in partnership with the KVHS and KYVL, is an approved provider of Supplemental Education Services, providing online access to and tech support for K-12 curriculum and tutorials under the guidelines of the federal "No Child Left Behind" legislation. The KYVU4K12 also supports the GEAR UP Kentucky program to bring expanded services to low-income students and their teachers.

Northern said that today’s students are diverse and often non-traditional, resulting in the need to create learning opportunities that are convenient and comprehensive. By serving as a clearinghouse for a growing list of online learning opportunities, from college degrees to professional development courses, KYVU seeks to expand access to education for all Kentuckians.

Prospective students can view the catalog and request courses by visiting the Kentucky Virtual University Web site. Students are encouraged to check the Web site frequently as new courses will be added. For more information, call toll-free at 1-877-740-4357.


Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses nine public institutions and numerous independent institutions and represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni, and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and for their families.


Last Updated 8/3/2005