Undergraduate Certificate Programs at UK

The University of Kentucky’s undergraduate certificate programs offer our students a convenient and flexible way to earn credentials for career advancement. All are cross-disciplinary clusters of courses integrated in a way that identifies a set of skills or knowledge that carry college credit and is applied to a student’s undergraduate degree program. See the complete list of all of the University’s undergraduate certificate programs here.

Currently enrolled students may declare their intent to complete a certificate program at any time. To do so they should contact the Student Services or Advising Office where their primary major is housed, but they are not required to see an advisor before adding the certificate. This is the same process a student would follow to add a second program of study to their record. Students who have previously earned an undergraduate degree may append a UK undergraduate certificate to that degree once the University of Kentucky has formally accepted that degree (i.e., accepts that student to UK in a post-baccalaureate status). Using the degree audit component of myUK GPS will help determine progress to certificate completion.

Faculty directors of the certificate program send notifications of completers (name/UKID) to Sean Cooper (sean.cooper@uky.edu) within a month after the student has earned the bachelors degree. See the more detailed information in this .pdf file.

The undergraduate certificate program completion will show up on students’ official college transcripts. However, if students would like a signed paper certificate as well, the college can create one for them.

Encourage your academic advising peers across campus and students to use the MyUK GPS for showing students the requirements completed in a Undergraduate Certificate program. If you have any problems, contact your college’s member of the UK Degree Audit team.

Eventually, the degree audit component of myUK GPS will serve as the official certification for earning an undergraduate certificate. (See updates about MyUK GPS in a previous Advising Network announcement here: https://www.uky.edu/advisors/node/2253).

College advising staff can also help faculty directors with getting reports from HANA Tableau that can aid in getting regular communications out to students who have declared they are pursuing a certificate program.

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Employment of Minors at UK – Policy Reminder

An update from Marty Jacks, University of Kentucky Human Resources Manager:

The safety and wellbeing of our campus community is and always will be top priority. This includes younger workers employed during the summer months and throughout the year. As a reminder, University policy permits hiring only persons who are 18 years of age and older in regular full-time staff positions. However there may be times when persons between the ages of 14 and 17 may be hired for temporary jobs.

Below, I have included a number of guidelines and resources of which UK hiring managers should be aware. [Note: Any department hiring minors independently of HR STEPS Temporary Employment is solely responsible for the recordkeeping of requirements highlighted in #5 below.]

University and Regulatory Guidelines Related to Employment of Minors

  1. Please read Human Resources Policy and Procedure Number 16.0: Employment of Minors to ensure compliance within your area of responsibility.
  2. University policy does not allow anyone under the age of 14 to be hired.
  3. State and federal law mandates that persons ages 14-15 and ages 16-17 have distinct limitations on types of jobs and on the number of hours and times during the day when they may work. You may review Kentucky guidelines, including limitations for minors under age 17, by clicking here https://labor.ky.gov/Documents/KY%20Child%20Labor%20Poster%20English.pdf
  4. Please ensure anyone in your area who might supervise persons ages 14-17 reviews this information. You may also visit the U.S. Department of Labor web site http://www.youthrules.dol.gov/index.htm for federal guidelines related to employment of minors.
  5. Generally, UK departments will hire employees age 14-17 through the HR STEPS Temporary Employment office. STEPS employees between ages 14-17 are given a copy of the guidelines mentioned above. For employees under age 18 hired through STEPS, our Temporary Employment Staff will address state requirements related to child labor, including:
    • Compiling a register of all employed minors’ names, ages, and addresses, along with schedules each minor is supposed to work each week.
    • Maintaining a detailed record of actual hours worked by employees each day, including beginning and ending of shift, as well as time taken for meals. This information is captured on timesheets centrally maintained by STEPS.
    • Posting the Kentucky child labor laws (KRS 339.210-339.450) and a list of duties minors are prohibited from performing.
    • Providing these records for inspection at all times by school directors, probation officers and representatives of the Kentucky Labor cabinet (KRS 339.400).
  6. Any violation of these guidelines is a serious offense. We appreciate the assistance of hiring departments in ensuring compliance.
  7. For minors working in Research Laboratories and Animal Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety has developed policies and procedures to minimize the risk to minors working in these areas.  You may review the OHS information here, http://ehs.uky.edu/ohs/minors_0001.php.

Questions about the employment of persons ages 14 to 17 should be directed to: Marty Jacks, HR Manager / STEPS Temporary Employment, at (859) 257-9561 or marty.jacks@uky.edu.


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Kentucky showing increase in number of undergraduate credentials, degrees

This just in from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education:

State on track to reach goal of 60% of working-age adults with a postsecondary credential by 2030

CPE report shows 7.4 percent increase in undergraduate credentials, degrees

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — Kentucky’s colleges and universities are on track to increase the educational attainment of the state’s working-age population from 45 percent of the population with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by the year 2030.

Stronger by degrees Progress Report, April 2018The Council approved an annual progress report that shows undergraduate degrees and credentials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities totaled 59,009 in 2016-17, an increase of 7.4 percent over the prior year.

Combined with graduate degrees, total degree and credential growth climbed 6.6 percent overall.

The highest growth came from short-term certificates awarded by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, increasing 16 percent to 22,759 awards for the year. Increases in high-demand workforce certificates were reported, including computer information sciences, 60 percent; electrician, 33 percent; industrial mechanics and maintenance technology, 54 percent; welding, 30 percent; and diesel mechanics, 28 percent.

Other increases include:

  • Associate degrees at KCTCS increased 3 percent to 9,950.
  • Bachelor’s degrees were up 2 percent to 23,189.
  • Minority bachelor’s degrees increased 8 percent to 2,920.
  • STEM+H (science, technology, engineering, math and health) bachelor’s degrees increased 5 percent to 7,459.
  • Master’s, professional and doctoral degrees climbed 3 percent to 10,639.
  • High school equivalency diplomas (GEDs) increased 7 percentage points to 3,299.

“I have been encouraging our campuses to get ‘better, faster.’ The data we unveiled show that in nearly every metric our campuses are doing exactly that,” said Council President Bob King.

“Credit goes to all–from our presidents, provosts, faculty and staff for getting more of our students across the finish line, to our students for achieving their educational goal,” King said.

The Council set the attainment goal of 60 percent of Kentucky’s working-age population with a credential or degree by 2030 with the 2016 adoption of the new strategic agenda, “Stronger by Degrees: A Plan to Create a More Educated and Prosperous Kentucky.” The agenda includes a set of key performance metrics with 2020-21 targets for the state and institutions.

Moving closer to the national average in educational attainment will make Kentucky more competitive in an economy where the vast majority of newly created jobs since the recession are going to people with a postsecondary credential.

Other key findings in the report include:

  • Graduation and retention rates continue to improve.
  • Kentucky public institutions remain competitive with SREB states on average net price (out-of-pocket costs). Average net price at Kentucky comprehensive universities has remained essentially unchanged since 2012-13.
  • State funding per full-time student fell to $5,848 in 2016-17 and has declined 35 percent since 2007-08, the start of the recession.
  • Currently, about 1.2 million working-age Kentuckians do not have a college degree. Enrolling more of these students will be challenging, as the percentage of adult students without a prior associate degree or higher has fallen from 4 percent in fall 2013 to 3 percent in fall 2016.

The progress report offers a detailed look at statewide and institutional performance on these metrics since their adoption. The report includes baseline year data for most of the metrics, and at least two years of trend data. It also includes 2016-17 data for all but a few metrics, which is the most recent year available.

Subsets of the progress report include metrics for the new diversity, equity and inclusion policy and the new performance-funding model.

Media Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-892-3051

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Undergraduate Research Annual Showcase, April 25

The Office of Undergraduate Research staff invites you to attend the 12th Annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars next Wednesday, April 25 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the WT Young Library.

Office of Undergraduate Research. Explore. Engage. Emerge. University of Kentucky. funding opportunities. presentation opportunities. research opportunities.The Opening Ceremony will open with recognizing the 2018 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award nominees and announcing the award winners. Visitors are encouraged to walk around the forum and find out about our next generation of performers and researchers.  Almost 500 undergraduate students are presenting their research and creative projects at this year’s event.


See the list of Faculty Mentor of the Year nominees for 2018 below:

Also, the Office of Undergraduate Research launched the Faculty Mentor of the Week recognition program in August 2017. Each week one of UK’s outstanding and very much appreciated undergraduate research faculty mentors was highlighted for their leadership and support of undergraduate student researchers.

Faculty Mentor of the Week, Office of Undergraduate Research Congratulations to all the 2017-2018 Faculty Mentors of the Week!


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Call for student leaders to guide the Center for Student Philanthropy

This message is from Katie Sanders, UK Philanthropy:

This fall, the Office of Philanthropy will be opening the Center for Student Philanthropy in the new Student Center. The Center for Student Philanthropy, will be a hub for all things philanthropic on campus, connecting students and student organizations to needed resources.

To make sure the Center for Student Philanthropy is serving students, it will be facilitated by a Student Philanthropy Board. The Board will be a group of highly motivated leaders from across campus, who will work to program events and provide resources to students involved in philanthropic work on campus. This is a chance for student leaders to become founding members in a group driven by giving back.

We would love to have bright, passionate leaders apply for a spot on the Board as they continue to impact the campus and community. If you know any students who would make excellent board members, we would appreciate you passing this info along to them. Interested students can apply by filling out the application from our website at: www.uky.edu/philanthropy. Completed forms should be emailed to PHILAN_StudentPhilanthropy@l.uky.edu along with a resume and unofficial transcript by Wednesday, April 18th at 11:59pm.

If you have any questions about the Student Philanthropy Board or the Center for Student Philanthropy in general, I’d be more than happy to answer them.

All the best,


Katie Sanders
Assistant Director of Annual Giving – Student & Young Alumni Philanthropy
University of Kentucky
Sturgill Philanthropy Building
Lexington, KY 40506
859/323-5574 | katie.sanders@uky.edu

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KY College Readiness Indicators 2018-19

This announcement came in from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Academic Affairs staff. The Council of Chief Academic Officers (including UK’s Provost David Blackwell) have formally approved the chart of College Readiness Indicators for the incoming students for 2018-2019. The academic leaders of all the public colleges/universities in Kentucky agree that students admitted to their institutions that, upon admission, score at or above these benchmark scores will not be reqired to complete developmental coursework before entering an introductory course in that academic area. Download the chart in a .pdf file from the CPE website here: http://cpe.ky.gov/policies/collegereadiness.html.

Chart showing College Readiness indicators benchmark scores

In sum, the changes from the previous year’s Indicators are as follows:

  • In the introductory language, we removed the extraneous descriptors in the last sentence regarding student rights to NOT be put into developmental coursework if meeting benchmarks. This was because of academic efforts to support students at the lowest levels of meeting the benchmark scores with requirements to enroll in co-requisite classes and/or supplemental instruction.
  • Due to the changes in the SAT test, the base Scores for each of those academic areas were adapted to match the (unchanged) ACT scores, as per the following:
    • English/Writing – from 430 to 480
    • Reading – from 470 to 480
    • Math (gen ed QR) – 460 to 500
    • Math (College Alg) – 510 to 560
    • Math (Calculus) – 610 to 650
  • Due to the new exam available in GED Honors/College Readiness series, added base score for Math (College Alg) of 175
  • Added ALEKS placement scores for Math readiness at the 3 levels as part of gen ed transferability for evidence of college readiness
  • Revised statement of shelf-life for the exam scores to read that they can remain an indicator of academic readiness “for a minimum of twelve (12) months from the date of administration” so that individuals institutions may extend the length of time that scores remain viable if they want.

Please contact your department faculty leadership, the staff in Transformative Learning, or your contact in Enrollment Management to make sure that the new indicators of college readiness are included in the appropriate course prerequisites for registration.


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7th Annual Student Success Summit

The seventh annual Kentucky Student Success summit sponsored by the Kentuck Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) will explore “The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of Kentucky.” It will take place in Louisville at the Marriott Louisville East, on April 9-10th. Early bird registration is $125/person from Kentucky public colleges and universities.

The Future of America report coverThis theme is modeled after a a report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS): “The Future of Undergraduate Education: The Future of America.” In this final report of their findings, the AAAS Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education describes a national strategy to achieve a more inclusive and high quality approach to higher education – and that more diverse students can complete the studies they begin in our colleges and universities.

The first day of the CPE’s summit will feature two invited speakers:

  • Dr. Michael S. McPherson, co-chair of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education and the president emeritus of the Spencer Foundation, who will speak on Kentucky CPE’s strategic goals for educational quality and completion; and,
  • Dr. Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida, who will explore how big data and analytics transform institutional culture to raise retention and graduation rates.

The second day of the Summit will include invited speaker Sarah Ancel, senior vice president of Complete College America. She will speak on strategies on how to recruit and graduate non-traditional students in our effort to raise the Kentucky citizenry’s educational attainment of some higher education degree or certificate program to 60% by 2030.

You can download the full agenda-at-a-glance here (.pdf file); and you can register online for the event here: http://cpe.ky.gov/studentsuccess/.

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CPE workgroup on co-requisite courses for first-year students not meeting college readiness scores

A statewide workgroup has been addressing the new programmatic efforts to reduce the placement of first-year college students into traditional developmental education courses. This collaborative work being led by staff at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education with faculty and administrators from across the state in the effort to improve success rates for students in the first year of college whose scores are below the state benchmarks in reading, writing or mathematics.

This work is a continuation of a conversation among the higher education institutions in Kentucky to maintain academic quality while closing achievement gaps in gateway courses. This is important for all of us because the legislature last summer passed a new funding model for public postsecondary institutions that emphasizes student success and completion, especially focusing on our success with those students who tend to fail and dropout of school when faced with traditional remediation for gateway courses.

For more details,
you can download
these CPE documents.

The group identified three corequisite models used in Kentucky colleges/universities:

  1. Embedded supports in gateway courses
    (e.g., at UK, for math readiness support we use ALEKS and in addition, offer – but do not require – peer mentors in The Study, and graduate students/faculty tutors in Mathskeller)
  2. Paired support courses
    (i.e., UK 120 for reading co-requisite with a UK Core class and UK 130 for writing along with CIS 110 or WRD 110)
  3. Boot camps
    (not currently offered at UK UK at a central, programmatic level for this student population, though CARES, SSS and First Gen Initiatives purposely design programming/advising for students in their cohorts whose placement scores are below benchmarks)

The data that CPE gathered from the comprehensive universities and KCTCS colleges where these models were used are compelling reasons to scale this model further and to reduce reliance on developmental courses.

  • Math remediation at comprehensive universities garnered 38% completion rates in a gateway course in two years – yet with a co-requisite model in place, over 60% of students completed college algebra in one semester and 70% in other gen ed math courses in one semester.
  • English remediation at comprehensive universities garnered 56% completion rates in a gateway course in two years – yet with a co-requisite model in place, 70% of students completed the related gateway course in their first year.

At UK we currently only offer two non-credit courses: UK 095 and 096 – math courses often required as a stand-alone experience rather than as a co-requisite with an entry-level math course. Talk with your college HANA Tableau superuser (see list of college superusers here) about how your students in these developmental education courses have been doing.

According to the workgroup of Kentucky higher ed representatives, the key for future successes in corequisite education in Kentucky is dependent on:

  • Effective communication and training associated with the models and best practices – especially for faculty and advisors.
  • Ease of and purposeful intervention/accountability for optimal class scheduling for these targeted students to get what they need right away in their first year of college.
  • Evaluation of the program’s success, making needed program changes and communication to all the university’s stakeholders to bolster the belief in (and ownership of) the model being used.

For more information about this statewide work in corequisite education, contact Dr. Dawn Offut at the KY Council on Postsecondary Education (dawn.offutt@ky.gov).


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