UK Wildcat Cost Calculator – a new tool to help build our students’ financial literacy skills

See Blue.UDon Witt, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, recently announced the release of a new open, online tool to help our students, their families and us as their champions for student success at UK.

How much does it cost for any one student to attend UK? This is what the new tool is helping us all to understand in one step – rather than try and combine the information from the different charts of tuition and fees that typically show up on your students’ UK account statements. This first iteration of the new “UK Wildcat Cost Calculator” – – is geared toward the prospective undergraduate who would be identified as first-time attending UK.

First, the prospective student needs to answer the defining questions on the left-hand column of the page:

  • Semester: Which semester would you like to calculate for?
  • Residency: Do you live in or out of state?
  • Credit Hours: Will You Enroll Part-time or Full-time? (Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 credit hours or more per semester are considered full-time.)
  • Housing: Will you be living on campus? (If you will not be living on campus, this calculator will estimate rental housing expenses.) Do you plan on having a roomate? Which hall do you intend on living in?
  • Meals: Do you plan to choose an on-campus Dining Plan? (If you do not choose an on-campus dining plan, estimated food and grocery expenses will be calculated.) Which Meal Plan do you plan to purchase?

Example of a Wildcat Cost Calculator for Prospective StudentsHere’s an example (to the right – click on the image to make it larger) of the Wildcat Cost Calculator results for a student who answered the following: Fall semester, Kentucky residency, Full-time enrollment, On-Campus Housing with a roommate in Blanding, Meal Plan of “Minimum 7.”

There are a few caveats listed underneath the calculator that should be highlighted to students as you walk through it with them. The heavy cost of textbooks and required materials that are chosen by the faculty of each class are not a part of the cost indicated here – even though these costs can be found in the student view of the schedule of classes when they register. The additional program or course fees that colleges and departments charge students above and beyond the University-wide fees will not show up on the course calculator results. So you will need to refer to the 23-page .pdf file chart (yes, that many pages and with tiny font size).

This summer the Office of Enrollment Management will be evaluating the calculator and adding functionality to support the kinds of questions for continuing, transfer, international, graduate, and professional students. If you have questions or if you have new insights about the calculator as you work with your students to use it, you can contact JoLynn Noe, Alex Mackey, or Tyler Gayheart in Enrollment Management.

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Kentucky Travels: Our Top 10 State Parks in Kentucky

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Originally posted on The University Press of Kentucky:
For today’s post we’ve put together a few of our favorite Kentucky state parks from The Complete Guide to Kentucky State Parks. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or something fun…

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Instructor Workshop with UK Libraries on Developing Effective Assignments for Undergraduate Research

Event Title: What Your Students Think They Know About Research and How You Can Help
Date: Friday, March 27
Time: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Location: William T Young Library, room 1-57 (map)
Intended audience: Teaching Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants

Let’s face it – research is hard for a whole lot of reasons. Now, put yourself in the place of undergraduates facing college-level research assignments. What assumptions about their skills and prior experiences do we as instructors make that get in the way of students’ abilities to succeed?

Come explore some of the common reasons why course research assignments fail and learn some strategies to help scaffold students’ research experiences.

Register online here:  Registration form

For more information, please contact Debbie Sharp ( or Beth Fuchs (

More workshops and classes with UK Libraries:

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SEC-ACC Virtual Career Fair, April 1-2: Encourage Students to Register Online Today

The SEC-ACC Virtual Career Fair is on April 1-2. Twenty-seven SEC and ACC schools are participating in this virtual fair. Students and alumnae/i can connect with a variety of employers for internships and jobs.

It is FREE to participate. Students must RSVP to participate: As of March 20th, 109 UK students have signed up. The following majors are represented:

UK Colleges
(so far)
Majors Identified by UK Students Who Signed Up
No. of Students
Arts & Sciences Biology/Biological Sciences 1
International Studies/Relations 1
Mathematics 1
Political Science 1
Psychology 1
Business & Economics Accounting 9
Business Administration 4
Business Admin: Management 3
Economics 3
Finance 4
Sports Marketing/Management & Communication 1
Communication & Information Advertising 1
Computer & Information Science 1
Management & Information Systems 1
Marketing/Communications 8
Agriculture, Food Environment Agriculture 3
Animal Science, Zoology 2
Biotechnology 1
Nutrition 2
Tourism, Hospitality 2
Engineering Bioengineering 2
Biomedical Engineering 3
Chemical & Biological Engineering 1
Chemical Engineering 10
Civil Engineering 4
Computer Engineering 4
Computer Science 7
Electrical and Computer Engineering (MS level) 1
Electrical Engineering 5
Engineering, Other 2
Materials Science & Engineering 1
Mechanical Engineering 11
Mining Engineering 2
Health Sciences Rehabilitation & Human Services 1
Public Health Public Health 4

Over 100 Employers are registered so far. Review the Employer List here.

Listen to student testimonials about the SEC-ACC Virtual Career Fair and the differences between this one and the traditional Career Fair.

Please help promote this opportunity to our students and alumnae/i. Give me a call if you have any questions about this fair.

Azetta Beatty M.S., CFLE | Senior Assistant Director
James W. Stuckert Career Center | University of Kentucky
408 Rose St. | Lexington, KY 40506-0494 | 859-257-2746 |


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Using Data-Driven Decisions to Support Student Success at the University of Kentucky

Super User in costumeDo you know who your HANA/Tableau Super User is?

Each college at UK has designated at least one individual to serve as its HANA/Tableau Super User.  The Super User is your go-to person for both your college’s student success information and how your college’s offerings impact the University’s retention and graduation rates.

Talk to your Super User about what data are needed on a regular basis to do your job, and for you and your colleagues to progress toward student success goals.  (For an introduction to HANA and Tableau, download these slides used in the Tableau Open Lab Beginner session.) New workbooks are regularly developed by the data scientists in UK’s Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics in partnership with the HANA/Tableau Super Users.

Last week during the HANA/Tableau Open Lab, Craig Rudick introduced a new workbook called “Specializations Headcount.” Some of the questions that can be answered using this workbook are:

  • How many students are in my department’s major(s)? How many students in the minor? Who is enrolled in certificate programs?
  • Are all of our students showing up properly for primary (vs. secondary) majors? Which ones are missing some key data fields that might make reporting go awry?
  • Is the number of students in that HANA/Tableau workbook the same number of students that we are showing in our advising/retention rosters for our major? If not, why is there a difference?
  • Are our faculty directors in specialized or interdisciplinary programs aware of their impact on the various majors over time? Are there trends in major/minor pairings that students have started to choose (or groups of majors clustered in selected undergraduate certificates) that might engender discussions about curriculum reform or policy development?

As a UK faculty or staff person committed to supporting our students’ success, you can find this workbook in the “Student Reports” project on the UK Tableau Server. If you do not have an account, you can request one at For more information about Tableau Server, download the Tableau Server 101 handbook.

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Open Dialogue for Faculty, Staff and Students on being LGBTQ at the University of Kentucky

This just in from Dr. Quentin Tyler, Director of the Office of Diversity in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Office of Diversity, VIP Center, OUTsource, Shades of Pride, & GSA are hosting the first Annual “Under the Rainbow: An Open Dialogue about being LGBTQ*” at the University of Kentucky.

This event will take place on Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm at E.S. Goodbarn located by the Commonwealth Stadium.  Please join us, as we will have a:

  • Student Discussion: Gorham Hall
  • Faculty/Staff Discussion: Culton Suite

We will then come together to have a Faculty, Staff, and Student Mixer in which refreshments will be served.

In closing, we will have a Faculty, Staff, and Student Panel Discussion.

Please download this .pdf file (UnderTheRainbow-Flyer) for more details.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact or at 859-257-3482 and  859.257.1637 respectively.

Quentin R. Tyler PhD.
Assistant Dean /Director of Diversity
College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
State Coordinator American Enterprise Program
2014-2015 National President Elect Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
859-257-3482 Office
859-619-7256 Mobile

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What’s Happening with UK Student Success? Find out about CRAC, SSIT, LINK UP, CRCs, FWAB, RCSS

The increase in student success at the University of Kentucky is taking shape through a collaborative, campus-wide approach involving a variety of entities, including Undergraduate Education, the Colleges, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, International Center, Institutional Diversity and UK Analytics & Technologies. We are working together to monitor early alerts, midterm grades, and financial balances. We have outreach efforts to individual students occurring via the Residence Halls.  Transformative Learning created a new course “Collabcats Mentoring and Outreach” (EXP396) in which their students meet weekly in small groups with a student mentor (upper division peer tutor from Presentation U or The Study), attend two Power Hour workshops and one Individual Academic Consultation session.

“I feel like there is growing, positive energy toward impacting student success.”
– Bethany Miller, Office of Student Success

The Campus Retention Advisory Committee (CRAC) is a large representative body that advises University leadership in the design, implementation and assessment of UK’s student success initiatives (see more details about this group’s membership and their meeting minutes on the Student Success website). In addition, there are several smaller teams working on strategic efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates.

  • Student Success Intervention Team (SSIT)
    President Capilouto requested last fall that an intervention team meet regular to “coordinate comprehensive and fully integrated intervention for students with academic, financial, or personal challenges.” Meeting every other week, this ten member team creates and implements concrete actions aimed at the 700 targeted sub-cohort of the Fall 2014 cohort. Members of the Intervention Team include Ben Withers (Associate Provost for UGE), Anna Bosch (A&S), Kim Anderson (Engineering), Marianne Young (B&E), Kevin Flora (Education), Randa Remer-Eskridge (HS), Karen Badger (UGE Advising & Career), Deanna Sellnow (UGE Transformative Learning), Holly Sandlin (Financial Aid), and Bethany Miller (UGE Student Success).
  • LINK UP Task Force
    Undergraduate Education and Institutional Diversity partnered to create an intentional outreach program for freshmen students who are first generation, an underrepresented minority, or a recipient of a federal Pell grant. Entitled LINK UP, the pilot program leverages existing campus resources to reach to targeted students. The task force consists of Matthew Deffendall (First Generation Initiatives, Chair), Toni Thomas (CARES), Jeff Spradling (Robinson Scholars), Lydia Wims (Student Support Services TRiO), Lauren Goodpaster (New Student and Parent Programs), Grace Hahn (Center for Student Involvement), JoLynn Noe (Enrollment Management), Bethany Miller (Student Success) and Ben Withers (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education). This fall more than 1,750 Fall 2014 cohort students are members of one of the three targeted subgroups (first gen, underrepresented minorities, Pell recipients). The list of 1,750 students was compared against the high school readiness index and college targeted sub-cohorts (the 700); as a result, a distinct group of 384 students were identified for additional outreach via phone calls and intrusive secondary advising through one-on-one appointments, midterm grade checks, and inclusion in programs and workshops previously provided to a limited number of scholarship recipients through the aforementioned programs.
  • College Retention Committees (CRCs)
    Each undergraduate college has formalized their own student success through a faculty-led college committee to marshal and guide retention and graduation efforts. These college committees work to identify and prioritize specific college metrics and the programs, activities, or practices to implement to achieve them. The CRCs are charged to:

    • Establish college-specific retention and graduation goals and plans.
    • Establish college priorities based on solid data, benchmarking, and best practices.
    • Include a staff or faculty member who is responsible for providing data and analytics and trained in using HANA/Tableau (a “super-user”).
    • Report regularly to the Dean or to associate dean charged with undergraduate education.
    • Communicate regularly with the Director of Retention and Student Success (Bethany Miller).
    College CRC Chair
    Agriculture, Food, & Environment Vanzant, Eric
    Arts & Sciences Kornbluh, Mark (Chair); Bosch, Anna (Contact)
    Business & Economics Kelley, Scott
    Communication & Information Veil, Shari
    Design O’Bryan, Mark
    Education Flora, Kevin
    Engineering Anderson, Kimberly
    Fine Arts Adams, Ruth
    Health Sciences Stewart, Sharon
    Nursing Hensley, Vicki
    Public Health Howard, Alex F
    Social Work Craig, Carl
    Undergraduate Studies (and all UGE-related courses/programs) Badger, Karen
  • Tableau Super-Users
    Each college has designated at least one individual to serve as its Tableau Super-User.  The Super-Users serve as liaisons between College Leadership and CRCs, UK Advanced Analytics Team (UKAT), and UGE.  The Super-User is the first contact for college student success information, and is responsible for tracking and monitoring college success.  Super-Users help colleges determine what issues need to be examined, what data are needed, and progress toward student success goals.  In collaboration with UKAT and UGE, Super-Users also establish data definitions, consistency, and accuracy; determine data needs based on priorities and goals; and create self-service dashboards.  Facilitated by Mary Kathryn Starkey and data scientist Craig Rudick (Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics), the Super-Users meet every other week.   A list of Tableau Super-Users can be found here.
  • Financial Wellness Advisory Board (FWAB)
    This advisory board helps ensure that prospective, undergraduate, and graduate students depart from our university with a gain in financial knowledge and an increase in finance-related positive behaviors. Efforts to help improve student financial wellness will include tactics such as peer coaching, financial wellness seminars, online education programs, and purposeful collaboration with academic departments. Areas actively involved with the FWAB include Undergraduate Education, Graduate School, Enrollment Management, Dean of Students, College of Agriculture, Gatton College of Business and Economics, UK Student Government, and the Executive VP of Finance and Administration.
  • Research Consortium on Student Success (RCSS)
    This group of faculty members, data scientists, and selected members of the UK community studies factors contributing to students’ persistence at the University of Kentucky.  Championed by Dean Mark Kornbluh and facilitated by Senior Vice Provost Vince Kellen, the group recognizes the importance of assessing best practices that engage students, foster learning, and promote academic success. Members understand that the University’s ability to retain and graduate more students depends, in large part, upon our ability to provide students with the support needed to achieve academically and thrive socially.
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Common Reading Experience at UK – Respecting Our Students’ Rights Under Title IX

This just in from Annie Kelly of New Student and Family Programs:

New York Times Bestseller: Picking CottonI wanted to take this opportunity to introduce our 2015-2016 Common Reading Experience book, Picking Cotton, as well as give some important information related to Title IX (as it relates to the book) you will need to know.

The Common Reading Experience (CRE) is designed to introduce students to academic life at the University of Kentucky through a common intellectual experience with peers, faculty, and staff. This summer students will read Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton. Students will then participate in a small-group discussion with other new students and their K Crew leaders during K Week in August. Throughout the first year on campus, students will engage in a variety of CRE programs including the CRE lecture by authors Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton.

The Common Reading Experience program wants new students, parents and families, and the UK community to know Picking Cotton will be read and utilized on campus with great sensitivity due to the issues it raises, such as sexual assault and racial dynamics. The book was selected as these issues are at the forefront of societal discussion, and although challenging to read about and discuss, the authors also weave in the powerful themes of forgiveness, redemption, and resilience.

As university faculty and advisors, it will be very important to note the following information regarding Title IX and Picking Cotton.

This book carries a trigger warning. By law, if students are survivors of sexual assault, they are entitled to appropriate academic accommodations. These students may elect to only read Ronald Cotton’s chapters of Picking Cotton (except pages 127 and 131) or contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs/Common Reading Experience to discuss other alternatives. Under federal Title IX regulations, if a student discloses a sexual assault to a UK affiliate (staff, faculty, student leader, etc.), it will need to be reported to the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity. If a student does not wish to report his or her assault, the individual may utilize the support and anonymity of the Counseling Center and/or Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP).

It is important to note that students who report sexual misconduct before coming to UK do not need to be reported.

The CRE program has provided a variety of support and materials to assist new students as they are reading the book. Please familiarize yourself with the attached materials which are being given to students during “see blue.” U and refer your students to them as a resource (click on title to download .pdf file):

  • CRE Insert: This quarter-page insert will be placed into every CRE book, which overviews students’ Title IX rights and academic accommodations.
  • CRE Reader’s Guide: This multi-page document will be inserted into the students’ “see blue.” Uorientation folders. It includes facts and statistics on sexual assault, reflection questions, and the QLC assignment.
  • CRE Campus Resource Guide: This national and campus resource guide can be found on the back of the President’s Letter printed in the book. It overviews campus resources and national resources students can use as they reflect on and process the book.
  • CRE Parent and Family Insert: This insert can be found in each parent and family “see blue.” U orientation folders, which overviews and discusses the book.

If you have any questions regarding the CRE program or book, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at (859) 257-6597 or Annie Kelly, Coordinator of the Common Reading Experience, at

Thank you for your support!


Annie Kelly
Assistant Director of New Student & Family Programs
Division of Student Affairs
University of Kentucky
518 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027

Phone: (859) 257-6597
Fax: (859) 323-1525

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UK Has Joined the Kentucky College & Career Outreach Coalition

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) together with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) have started up a College and Career Outreach Coalition that includes representatives from educational advocates in both the public and private sectors. The main goal of the Coalition is to foster collaboration among outreach practitioners interested in promoting college and career readiness as well as to partner in future promotion work and expand those efforts statewide.

Mildred Bailey

Mildred Bailey at Outreach Planning Meeting, April 2014, facilitated by Dr. Christopher Rice, UK CELT

The University of Kentucky has two representatives in the Coalition:

  • the Office of Institutional Diversity’s college prep program funded by the CPE – the Governor’s Minority Scholars College Preparation Program (represented by Mildred Bailey); and,
  • the Division of Undergraduate Education (represented by Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost)

Ms. Bailey is also a member-at-large of the inaugural Coordinating Board for the Coalition.

The strategic vision of the Coalition is a statewide culture where Kentuckians seeking educational opportunities at all levels have access to the information and resources they need to prepare for and succeed in the college or career of their choice.

There are three primary audiences that the Coalition will focus on as we work together to emphasize the many pathways to access college and career options in Kentucky.

  • Middle and high school students and families, especially those from under-represented communities
  • Adults with a high school diploma or less
  • First-generation and low-income students and their families

Outreach is where policy meets peopleThis is primarily an effort to help reduce duplicate efforts, increase awareness of available support resources and provide more consistency in college and career readiness messages. The Coalition will also reach out to share information and communication strategies with Kentucky employers and business owners, K-12 educators and higher education administrators, as well as policy makers and legislators.

During its initial meetings, the founding organizations of the Coalition determined that we should focus on four themes in college and career outreach in Kentucky:

  1. Value – because college going has remained relatively flat; that 89% of Kentucky’s 2013 ACT-tested graduating class aspired to postsecondary education, but only 55% actually enrolled; and, the value of education after high school remains an ongoing issue of public debate
  2. Affordability – because 18.6% of Kentuckians live in poverty and the median household income is $42,610; 48% of KY’s college-going population is eligible for free/reduced price lunch at public schools; and, even though 274,130 Kentucky high school students completed the FAFSA last year, 107,552 low-income students did not receive grants (an increase of 37% in non-recipients since 2009-10)
  3. Readiness – because 17.6% of Kentuckians have less than a high school diploma or GED; 34% of high school graduates did not pursue postsecondary education; and, gaps in college readiness and college success between white students and underrepresented minority students have remained unchanged
  4. Completion – because statewide, nearly 50% of students who enter college ready to complete a degree within six years but this is compared to readiness rates of 37% for low-income students, 28% of students who score below KY benchmarks for ACT/SAT tests, and 33% of minority students.
Source: “The Making of the Kentucky College and Career Outreach Coalition” presentation, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 25 February 2015
Coalition Charter Members
55,000 Degrees
Advance KY
Bluegrass State Skills Corp
Bluegrass Higher Ed Consortium
Center for Rural Devt
Family Res & Youth Svcs Ctrs
GRREC – Race to the Top
KY Adult Education
KY Campus Compact
KY Chamber of Commerce
KY  Dept of Workforce Investment
KY Latino Ed Alliance
KY Work Ready Communities
Partners in Ed, Berea College
Office of the Governor
Office of the Lt. Governor
UK Undergraduate Ed

The Coalition will be working together for the next several years on developing or implementing targeted outreach campaigns with ready-made toolkits and resources such as the “Take the L.E.A.D. Program” (Local Education Advocate Diploma). This training program for Kentucky parents and education advocates is offered through the GEAR UP Kentucky Program, a federal grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the CPE.  Beginning April 2015, “Take the L.E.A.D.” will be made available to any Kentucky parent for free. Visit for more information.

The Coalition members will also collaborate to support or host local gatherings with students and families to help expand access to college and career information resources, especially among traditionally underserved populations. Finally, we hope to expand the professional development and technical assistance opportunities for outreach professionals at all levels in order to enhance research-based practices.

This may be a real indicator of success by the Coalition – when all of us here at the University of Kentucky get to participate in our communities’ work to develop new policies and implement good practices in improving all Kentuckians’ college and career readiness.

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