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Preparing Future Wildcats



A proposal for an innovative project involving Kentucky's flagship postsecondary institution and some of the most rural counties in the nation.

A proposal for an innovative project involving Kentucky's flagship postsecondary institution and some of the most rural counties in the nation.



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  • Can a similar program be successful with rural youth from Kentucky? Can a similar program increase undergraduate enrollment at UK?

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  • 1. Preparing Future Wildcats A Proposal by Keisha Love, Ph.D. UK College of Education’s Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology Randolph Hollingsworth, Ph.D. UK Division of Undergraduate Education Carol Hanley, Ed.D. Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment; UK College of Agriculture
  • 2. The Problem
    • Undergraduate enrollment at UK from Kentucky’s most underserved, most rural counties is low and is declining .
    Fall 2003 161 high school graduates from KY’s 21 most rural counties enter UK as first year students ( 4.4% total UK cohort )
  • 3. Breathitt, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Floyd, Hickman, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Russell, Wolfe Counties of Interest
  • 4. % Baccalaureate Degrees in County
  • 5. UK Baccalaureate Degrees
  • 6. What We Know
    • What have we attempted thus far?
      • Career development interventions with urban-low income youth.
        • Increase post-secondary enrollment rates
  • 7. … And What We Don’t Know
    • The Primary Questions
    High School Graduation & UK Undergrad Applications Enrollment & Graduation Preparing Future Wildcats
  • 8. The Solution
    • Preparing Future Wildcats program
      • A “grow your own” approach to recruitment that offers a seamless transition to the University of Kentucky that is crafted in community partnerships.
      • Goals:
        • Increase high school graduation
        • Increase UK applications and enrollment
        • Increase UK graduation rates and role in economic growth of home county
  • 9. Strategies
    • Student-centered
    • UK-focused
    • Community-based
  • 10. The Details: Identifying Students
      • Target highly motived students with high academic potential
      • Grade Point Average
      • KOSSA or other career readiness test scores
      • ACT or other college placement test scores
      • teacher, counselor, Wildcat Navigator recommendations
  • 11. The Details: The Students 5 th Graders 8 th Graders 10 th Graders 11 th Graders Increased Applications, Enrollment, Graduation at UK Future Wildcats Graduate from High School 12 th Graders
  • 12. Program Timeline August 2012 August 2016
  • 13. UK : 1E UK: 1E & 1D UK: 1E, 1D, & 1C UK: 1E, 1D, & 1C (1B = 2018)
  • 14. Budgetary Needs
    • $15,000,000
      • Personnel (clinicians, faculty, staff, students)
      • Supplies and equipment
      • Internet access
      • Transportation
      • Communications campaigns and communities of practice
      • UK Summer Immersion Experiences
      • International travel and economic partnerships
      • Start up funding and consultations for job creation
  • 15. Program Alignment
    • US Dept of Ed Investing in Innovation Fund
    • Improve student achievement, increasing high school graduation rates, increasing college enrollment and graduation rates
    • Expand, develop innovative practices as models of best practices
    • Partner with private sector and philanthropic community
    • Identify, document best practices to share and take to scale
    • Kentucky Senate Bill 1
    • Partner with K12 to improve college and career rates
    • ThinkUK 2.0
    • Reform UK curriculum, policies to encourage development of accelerated programs and cost-savings for UK families