Town Halls Focused on Undergraduate Education

Front slide for See Tomorrow Feedback Session

Click the image above to download slide presentation

This morning’s Town Hall discussion about the University’s strategic plan featured the work of Working Group #1: “Create a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community” was co-chaired by Kim Anderson and Jane Jenson. These Town Halls represent opportunities for the community to learn about the University of Kentucky 2014-2020 Strategic Plan and to share ideas.

Some key points made this morning were:

  • challenges, e.g., even though UK’s first-year students exceed the performance of their peers (identified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education) on three of five National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) benchmarks, UK’s seniors rate UK more poorly than do their counterparts at other research universities on three of the benchmarks (academic challenge, enriching educational experience, and supportive campus environment);
  • opportunities, e.g., experiential education is being increasingly utilized to enhance the undergraduate curriculum; and,
  • three main actions with appropriate tactics to achieve success
    • Focus on Integrated and Interdisciplinary Learning (tactic: e.g., expand opportunities for undergraduate enrichment programs);
    • Engage in High Impact Teaching and Learning Opportunities (tactic: e.g., increase and integrate student participation in experiential education and service-learning);
    • Achieve National Excellence in Student Support to Degree (tactic: e.g., blend advising and career services to improve the student experience and placement rates)

The work group co-chairs encourage us invite a colleague or community partner to participate in the review process. Attend additional feedback sessions in person or online – additional sessions for Work Group #1 are:

  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Community Feedback, April 18 at 1 p.m. Student Center Room #357
  • Student Forum, April 21 at 4 p.m. Student Center Theater
  • Directors of Undergraduate Studies, April 23 at 4 p.m., 230 Student Center
  • Advising Network Forum, TBA

Send feedback to seetomorrow@uky.edu and online at http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/contact-us.

Other Strategic Planning Working Groups include:

  • Working Group #2: Advance a High-Quality Graduate and Professional Portfolio
  • Working Group #3: Cultivate a Robust Research and Creative Environment
  • Working Group #4: Transform the Campus, Brand and Infrastructure at UK
  • Working Group #5: Foster a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff
  • Working Group #6: Have a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and the Community

If you missed this morning’s presentation, you can download it here (.ppt file).  Keep in mind that the metrics in the presentation are a “work in progress” – and that the final version will go before the Board of Trustees for approval. So, this version is not the final one.

Be sure and keep an eye on the updates on the webpage devoted to the Town Halls – http://www.uky.edu/strategic-plan/resources/town-halls – you’ll find videos and podcasts of the events there.

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TurnItIn Plagiarism Education Week

TurnItIn Plagiarism Education Week

2014 Plagiarism Education Week featuring a virtual conference from April 21-25. Register for a week of free, daily webcasts devoted to sharing ideas and best practices to teach educators and students how to move from copying to critical thinking. Certificates of Participation are provided, and they have a few special giveaways!

Tuesday, April 22:
“Tweets from the French Revolution? Using What Students Know to Promote Original Work and Critical Thinking” webcast with Daniel Velasco, Ph.D.
Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Wednesday, April 23:
“I Plagiarized My Child’s Birth”: From Extreme Plagiarism to Contextualized Understanding” webcast with Audrey Wick, Professor of English at Blinn College

Thursday, April 24:
“How to Keep Your Job, Not Lose Your Reputation, Avoid Getting Sued, and Not Kill People” webcast with Kelleen Flaherty, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Biomedical Writing

Thursday, April 24:
“IRAC, Therefore I Write” webcast with Dennis Kessinger, J.D., M.A.
Certified Core Adjunct for National University

View Full Webcast Series and Register Today at

http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/plagiarism-education-week

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Seeking volunteers for Bluegrass AAUW Tech Savvy camp for middle school girls, May 17, Frankfort

The University of Kentucky is a partner of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) – and we are seeking volunteers to help out with an initiative led by the Bluegrass chapter: a Tech Savvy camp for middle school girls on May 17th hosted by Kentucky State University in Frankfort. (See more at their website: http://bluegrass-ky.aauw.net/ky-tech-savvy.) Please consider volunteering yourself – or encouraging a UK student to volunteer. The student might want to consider using EXP 396 to get credit for the work undertaken before, during and after the camp as a learning experience in extra-curricular efforts like this in STEM-related college and career readiness programming.

The AAUW Bluegrass chapter’s Tech Savvy is inviting girls in sixth through ninth grade to sample STEM fields led by sessions with women who are successfully working in these areas along with a parallel program for parents, teachers and other adults involved with the girls’ lives. Sessions include Bugging Out over Water Quality, Airplane Building Blocks from A to Z, DNA Testing, Traveling Electrons, What’s a Statapult and How Do I Use it?, What Charges Your iPhone?, A Taste of Python Programming: Disease Epidemic and Food Mapping. Tech Savvy’s track for adults includes information on paying for college, helping with homework and other practical areas of advancing the girls’ educations, particularly in STEM fields. Instructors include women who hail from Alltech, Toyota USA, Lockheed Martin and more.

Tamara Brown

Tamara E. Brown, AAUW Buffalo NY, Champion of Change, 2012

Tamara Brown, who created the program of fun and relevant approaches to STEM and will attend on May 17, knows that girls often need encouragement to consider careers in these areas which may be perceived as lacking in service to others. According to a press release from AAUW, Brown said: “We want to show the girls that STEM education and careers can foster good things, whether it’s societal good or environmental good.” President Barack Obama honored Brown as one of “12 Champions of Change” in 2012.

Registration is open now and the deadline for the youth and their parents to sign up is May 3rd. So please hurry and volunteer today – email kytechsavvy@gmail.com for more information.

 

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UGE Spring Newsletter 2014

Download a copy of the latest news and updates from the University of Kentucky Undergraduate Education.

In this issue:

  • Message from Dr. Ben Withers, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Phi Kappa Phi Inductees
  • Presentation U! joins Undergraduate Education – full listing of Spring Faculty workshops
  • Office for Student Success joins Undergraduate Education
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
  • The New Budget Model
  • Search for Gaines Center Director
  • College Readiness in Kentucky: An Update
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Nominations for UK Staff Senate Due Today

University of Kentucky staff are front line workers when it comes to UK student success. “How do I….?” “Where is…?” “What is the best way to…?” “Who do I talk to about…?” Every day, UK staff help make the University run smoothly and efficiently – and have a unique perspective on how to improve student life at UK. Make your voice heard through the Staff Senate.

Nominations for the open seats for the University of Kentucky Staff Senate closes at the end of today, Friday April 4th. Voting will run from April 21 through May 2. Election results will be announced via UKNow on May 6th.

All prospective candidates must self-nominate. To be eligible for the Staff Senate you must be a regular, full time staff member (FTE of 0.75 or greater) with at least one year of continuous service by April 1, 2014. Nominations are taken according to sectors, and below is a table of the available seats per sector:

Staff Senate Sectors Number of
Employees
Number
of Seats
Executive Vice President for
Finance and Administration (EVPFA)
1351 7
Executive Vice President
for Health Affairs (EVPHA)
4862 24
President 848 4
Provost 5186 25

Download the Staff Senate Nomination Form and Guidelines here (.pdf file).

Jeff Spradling, Robinson Scholars Program in the Division of Undergraduate Education is Staff Senate Chair (see the website for a list of all the officers). See the list of current Senators here: http://www.uky.edu/staffsenate/current-senators

For detailed information on the elections:  http://www.uky.edu/staffsenate/staff-senate-2014-election-information

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NCUR 2014 Faculty-Administrator Network (FAN) Sessions Program is out

NCUR2014 bannerJust this morning we received the program for the Faculty-Administrator Network (FAN) sessions at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2014. You can download your own copy here.

The FAN sessions are held during breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday so as not to conflict with the student presentation times. Presented by faculty and administrators from across the country, FAN sessions cover topics such as:

  • integrating research into the curriculum,
  • community-based research,
  • global undergraduate research,
  • scaffolding research across the curriculum.

Postsecondary institutions represented in these sessions include Carthage College, College of New Jersey, Gannon University, Georgia Southern University, Northern Arizona University, Roanoke College, St. Olaf, University of North Georgia, University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and of course, the University of Kentucky.

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Summer School Catalog is Live!

This just in from Don Witt, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, Director of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar

Summer Courses Catalog 2014The summer school website has been updated to include a live course catalog feed, a better overview of the advantages to taking a summer course, housing options and a precise look at how many courses are offered for Summer I & II. The current course catalog feed is a ‘read-only’ view of Summer I and II information from SAP. This read only view allows for current and prospective students to browse summer offerings from any browser or mobile device. To register, students must login to the MyUK portal using their Link Blue username and password.

This is a great collaborative effort between the College of Arts and Sciences, EdR/Housing, Undergraduate Education, and Enrollment Management to deliver a great online resource and live course catalog feed for students interested in taking courses for the summer. Future plans are being made to expand upon the online current course catalog for the fall and spring semesters as well as expanding/streamlining the summer enrollment process.

Communications will take place over the next week promoting Summer School through e-communication and direct mail to all current undergraduate students.

For more information, please visit http://www.uky.edu/summer

This initiative supports our ongoing efforts with retention, graduation and related student success goals!

Don

Don E. Witt
Associate Provost for Enrollment Management
Director of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar
University of Kentucky
132 Funkhouser Building
Lexington, KY  40506-0054
(859) 257-3458, FAX (859) 257-9572
Twitter: @DonWittUK

 

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Shaping a Violence Free Campus: Understanding the Campus Response

This just in from Rhonda Henry, Intervention Program Coordinator for the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center.

Hi campus friends,

We are excited to announce our upcoming Faculty and Staff training, “Shaping a Violence Free Campus: Understanding Campus Response” to be held April 23rd.  In this session, we will explore the coordinated campus response to power-based personal violence in-depth.  This will include a panel of key campus stakeholders and scenario based discussion. Participants will:

  • Recognize how power-based personal violence can change the dynamics in a class, office or department
  • Learn the skills to navigate challenging conversations about violence related issues

This training is appropriate for those who have never attended a VIP program in the past as well as those who have attended and would like a more in-depth look at campus resources and response.

Please help us spread the word and share with others who may be interested.  Click the image below to be taken to our web page and register today!

VIP Poster for Shaping a Violence-Free Campus

Rhonda Henry, MSW, CSW
Intervention Program Coordinator
Violence Intervention and Prevention Center
University of Kentucky
Frazee Hall, Lower Level
Lexington, KY 40506-0031
Phone: 859-257-3574 Fax: 859-323-3646
rhonda.henry@uky.edu
www.uky.edu/studentaffairs/vipcenter/

Self-Care Blog:http://viptrueself.wordpress.com/

For 24/7 assistance, you may contact:
UKPD at 257-8573
GreenHouse 17 (formerly The Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program) at 800-544-2022
The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center 859-253-2511 or 800-656-4673

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Spotlight on the Schroeders and See Blue STEM Camp at UK

Craig Schroeder

Dr. Craig Schroeder, Jesse Clark Middle, Fayette County Public Schools

The See Blue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Camp was developed by Dr. Craig Schroeder, a UK graduate and Fayette County STEM teacher, and Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, a UK College of Education professor in the newly created STEM Education department. Dr. Mohr-Schroeder currently serves as chair for UK’s secondary mathematics certification program.

Margaret Mohr-Schroeder

Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, UK College of Education

Funded by a grant from the Mathematics Clinic at UK (received from the Kentucky Center for Mathematics), the first camp started out with just eight students in the summer 2010 at Jesse Clark Middle School in Lexington.  Over the past four years, the camp has grown to 144 campers.

In summer 2012, Drs. Craig and Margaret Schroeder moved the camp onto UK’s campus to increase students’ exposure to UK STEM experts and give the students authentic experiences on a university campus. The goal of the See Blue STEM Camp is to increase middle school (grades 5-8) students’ interest in STEM careers. Past camps have included hands-on presentations and experiments with Dr. Tim Knaeur (Director of the McAdams Observatory), Dr. Robin Cooper (Dept of Biology), Dr. Cindy Jong (Dept of STEM Education), Dr. Bruce Walcott (College of Engineering), Dr. Leslie Vincent (Dept of Marketing), Ms. Carolyn Crowdus (College of Medicine), etc. Additionally, the students spend half of the day learning about computer programming via the use of NXT Lego Robotics, concluding with a competition at the end of the week.

While the camp is open to all area middle school students grades 5-8, it remains deeply rooted and connected to Fayette County Public Schools. Part of their leadership team includes a Family Resource director who works closely with all the Youth Service Centers at the elementary and middle schools helping to recruit underrepresented populations, especially females and students of color, who would not normally have the opportunity to attend such a camp – scholarships and transportation are provided for these students.

This has been a very popular summer opportunity and a “must attend” from Fayette County Public Schools. Data has been collected on students’ attitudes, perceptions, and interests towards STEM and STEM careers for the past four years. This research has been used to inform UK’s preservice teacher preparation programs on how to motivate students more towards the STEM careers and also helped to identify the “prime” years for increasing students’ interest in STEM careers. This research has been presented locally, regionally, and nationally at conferences such as the School Science and Mathematics Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

This camp was partially funded for two years by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics; that seed money allowed the leadership team, including Drs. Craig and Margaret Schroeder, Christa Jackson, and Bruce Walcott, and Mr. Mark Evans (Fayette County Robotics Teacher) and Gabe Brown (Fayette County Youth Services Center), to apply and receive NSF National EPSCoR Track III money to continue the camp and its focus on underrepresented populations. A publication regarding the camp and its impact on students’ interest in STEM is due out in the STEM Special Issue of School Science and Mathematics Journal in October 2014.

For more information about the information above, please contact Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, UK College of Education.

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Tactical Plan for Improving Retention and Graduation Rates at the University of Kentucky

Last fall Provost Riordan gave a presentation to the Division of Undergraduate Education and challenged us to take the lead on how to renew the University’s emphasis on improving our retention and graduation rates. She pressed home the point that a fresh approach to the problem of attrition is needed in order to address these problems identified at UK:

  • Difficulty in maintaining steady progress in area of retention
  • Lack of continuity between plans
  • Lack of continuous institutional progress

Retention Initiatives at UKShe emphasized the Retention Workgroup’s recommendations last year, and we list them here for you to review during this crucial time for our new incoming class for 2014:

  1. Promote academic preparation and utilize effective recruitment efforts.
    • During the admissions process, give more weight to high school GPA.
    • If possible, recruit students with an ACT of 25.5 with movement toward 26.
    • Aim for a mix of 1/3 nonresident and 2/3 resident with a class of 4800 – 5000.
    • Implement a holistic admission approach that places UK in a category that can yield 87-90% first to second year retention and a six year graduation rate of 70-75%.
    • Investigate the possibility of setting an admissions deadline for first-year students.
    • Utilize a scholarship effort focused on outcomes.
    • Create more college-focused sections of UK 101 and increase to two credit hours.
    • Continue to implement college-level, tailored readiness programs (e.g. Boot Camp) that prepare new students.
    • Build on themes that emphasize the UK’s expectations of success.
  2. Using a data-driven approach, tailor retention strategies to address individual student needs.
    • Integrate student involvement data into one 360-degree view of the student, including real-time monitoring, student alerts and small-segment management.
    • Implement a policy for mandatory attendance taking in freshman courses and implement technology to capture student attendance and involvement in classes.
    • Set expectation for faculty and students to have at least one scored item in the first three to four weeks of class time.
    • Require participation in Impact Programs for students who stumble.
    • Conduct specific assessment of high-risk majors.
    • Review current activities and programs to see if they are effective and impactful over time.
  3. Working with the colleges and faculty, develop a centralized system to connect students with resources needed for success.
    • Create an Undergraduate Success Center that provides a “one stop shop” for academic and co-curricular services and activities.
    • Create a first year experience office within the Success Center.
    • Encourage involvement in at least one major organizational element through a quasi-mandatory Boot Camp.
    • Modify Orientation to provide an increased academic focus.
    • Expand “The Study” by opening a branch to the center of campus.
    • Encourage students to live on campus.
    • Explore innovative degree delivery systems.
    • Develop programs to increase awareness of retention issues among faculty.
    • Celebrate milestones.
  4. Strengthen the impact of academic advising by adopting a comprehensive, customized approach that fosters college and faculty involvement
    • Develop an explicit, coherent organizational philosophy in regard to advising.
    • Identify retention leaders within each college to provide input into the overall advising philosophy, customize advising and retention solutions within that college and to encourage faculty participation.
    • Expand efforts at interweaving successful academic advising, transition/alternate path counseling, and career counseling.
    • Develop a case management system to monitor and measure different student touch points.
    • Focus on students throughout their degree programs.
    • Create a Student Financial Management Center.
    • Increase resource and prioritization support for the SAP degree planner tool, enhanced mobile recruiting apps, etc.
  5. Create a culture for student graduation.
    • Launch a marketing and communications campaign which encourages students to graduate in four years.
    • Investigate the viability of financial incentives for graduating in four years.
    • Engage the student government in identifying ways to promote graduation and student success within the student body.
  6. Promote greater engagement among upper-division students.
    • Increase students’ out-of-class contact and interaction with faculty through undergraduate research.
    • Create capstone courses for seniors.
    • Strengthen academic standards in upper division courses.
    • Address needs and promote interests of upper-division students through campus-based activities.
  7. Improve evidence-based continuous improvement.
    • Measure central and college-level retention programs.
    • Review program measures semi-annually.
    • Promote iterative team learning and application of findings through a regular and easily-accessible reporting system for retention.
  8. Integrate accountability at all levels.
    • Ensure that improving the retention rates across all years and the graduation rate are major goals of the Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education.
    • Integrate retention accountability metrics into the yearly performance scorecards and goals of the Deans and Colleges, as well as into other units (e.g., Student Affairs, UGE, International Center).
    • Implement accountability metrics to ensure that the Office of Institutional Research is held accountable for producing standard and usable reports for each of the colleges and for the overall institution and that the Office of Student Success is responsible for designing early detection systems.
    • Require each College to designate a faculty-led committee to oversee retention, with direct-line accountability to the associate deans of undergraduate education.

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Resource
Provost Christine M. Riordan’s slides for an address to the Division of Undergraduate Education, November 26, 2013. Download the PowerPoint here.

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