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Division of Undergraduate Education, Oct 2012 Status Update by Dr. Ben Withers

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During a First Thursday breakfast meeting with all the professional staff and administrators from multiple units now clustered together under the Senior Vice Provost for Student Success at the …

During a First Thursday breakfast meeting with all the professional staff and administrators from multiple units now clustered together under the Senior Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Kentucky, Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education gave a status update of the Division - 4 October 2012.

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  • 1. Dr. Ben Withers Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education & Director of the Honors Program FirstThursdays BreakfastMeeting 4October2012
  • 2. Undergraduate Education Mission Statement The mission of the Division of Undergraduate Education is to promote academic excellence through collaboration with colleges and support units across the University. The mission is realized through both administrative supervision and support of premier undergraduate programs and academic support units for students and faculty, as well as administrative leadership for curricular reform. Central to this mission is campus leadership on issues pertinent to student retention, curriculum reform, and innovation in teaching and learning.
  • 3. My Priorities Get to Know Division Respond to External Review Pick-up Loose Threads – Dual-Credit Degree Programs – Central Support for Transfer Students – Foster Continued Success of UK Core Initiatives for Retention and Success – “The Study North” at the King Library – Strengthen Voice for central programming and college collaboration
  • 4. Honors Program
  • 5. Majors in 11 UK Colleges Agriculture Arts & Sciences Business & Econ Communications Design Education Engineering Fine Arts Health Sciences Nursing Social Work UG Studies
  • 6. College 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total % Agriculture 16 22 9 17 20 18 102 6.67% Arts & Sciences 131 115 102 96 82 122 648 42.38% Business & Econ 21 17 13 17 13 14 95 6.21% Communications 7 4 8 8 7 8 42 2.75% Design 6 7 2 4 1 6 26 1.70% Education 2 4 4 3 4 6 23 1.50% Engineering 43 37 35 48 43 80 286 18.71% Fine Arts 11 5 3 3 4 4 30 1.96% Health Sciences 4 8 2 1 0 6 21 1.37% Nursing 3 6 2 5 2 6 24 1.57% Social Work 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.07% UG Studies 63 41 29 36 21 41 231 15.11% Totals 307 266 209 238 197 312 1529 100.00%
  • 7. Key Dates in Recent Changes to University Honors 2004: “Honors Program – Reform and Expansion Call for Proposals” Spring 2010: Proposal for Interdisciplinary Honors Program (rejected) Fall 2010: “Report of the ad hoc Honors Evaluation Committee,” Honors Program Evaluation Committee, November 9, 2010 March 8, 2012; Senate approves new curriculum
  • 8. Why Neoteric? UK has redoubled its emphasis on undergraduate education 100 more Students in Freshman Honors Cohort Target of 10% of UG Population
  • 9. Our Neoteric Curriculum 21 Credit Hours of Requirements Spread Over Four years – 15 Credit Hours of Traditional Coursework Classes can be in Honors (HON) or in an academic department (H-sections, H-options) – 6 Credit Hours of Honors Experiences Education Abroad Service Learning Undergraduate Research
  • 10. UK Honors Curriculum Sample Four Year Plan First Year 6-9 Credit Hours 3-6 Hours UK Core 3 Hours Comp&Com. Second Year 3-6 Credit Hours One Honors Course One Honors Experience Third Year 3-6 Credit Hours One Honors Course One Honors Experience Fourth Year 3 Credit Hours HON 398 Senior Capstone Honors Support and Mentoring
  • 11. Honors Courses HON courses – Seminars, limited to 20 students – Interdisciplinary, geared toward UK Core – 300 level Proseminar H-Sections – Carry the prefix of the department or school – Small class format preferred: seminars or breakout sections – Taught by full-time faculty – Open to all honors students; instructor may choose to allow other students to enroll H-Options
  • 12. Freshmen 2012: By the Numbers 310 Students 142 4.0 GPA in HS 82 Valedictorians 1171 AP Classes 144 GSP, GSA 32 ACT Median 50 National Merit Finalists
  • 13. Students from 21 States 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 AL AR FL GA ID IL IN MD MI MO MS NY OH OR PA TN TX VA WI WV
  • 14. Student Success through Engagement and Support Access to personalized Honors advising and staff support Enrollment in Honors Courses Priority registration in other courses Access to UK’s most dedicated faculty Membership in Honors Community – Honors Program Student Council – Living-learning community – New Honors Dorm
  • 15. What Honors Does For Students…. Complements: “Thread” Honors classes with major requirements and UK Core Deepens: Through upper-level courses or research in a major Broadens: Multi-disciplinary HON Seminars, Classes with the best students from across campus Enriches: Through specially-designed assignments, education abroad, service learning
  • 16. What Honors can do for Departments/Colleges Offers faculty a way to teach Honors students in departmental courses (H- Sections; H-Options) Opportunity to recruit Honors students to your majors and minors Encourages advanced undergraduate research We should examine the potential to link distinction in majors to Honors
  • 17. Neoteric Policies and Procedures Curriculum is new; policies still being formed and written Honors staff will work to ascertain demand for different types of courses Honors staff will work with colleges and departments to identify H-Section courses Students should be able to graduate with multiple honors: Honors Program and in major Impact of new VBB process still to be determined
  • 18. What can we do with the Honors Curriculum Leave the choice of courses entirely flexible (Michigan State) Provide coherence and community through – certificates (Texas A&M) – “commendations” (U. Iowa) – clustered courses tied to living-learning programs (Maryland College Park)
  • 19. Constellations: Fixed & Flexible Ursa Major The Plough The Wain Septarshi (7 Sages) Otava (Salmon Wier) 3 Hunters Pursuing the Great Bear
  • 20. Coherence and Community through “Constellations” A “constellation” is a groups of 3-5 courses based on a multi-disciplinary theme Themes emerge from student interests and faculty research/teaching Themes linked to campus dorms, living- learning communities
  • 21. Some Suggestions for Course Constellations Honors Humanities/Great Books Sustainability Entrepreneurship (iNET) Copy Culture: Replication Society, Economics, and Disease
  • 22. Chellgren SLC Coordinators Identify a general theme around which to organize a cluster; Recruit a small team of faculty colleagues to serve as members of the SLC; Schedule and lead planning sessions of the SLC; Submit a brief outline by Dec 10 that summarizes the proposed cluster. Each coordinator will receive a $ 1000 research/travel stipend for their leadership during the fall 2012 semester.
  • 23. Honors Program

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