UK STEM Conference, February 19, 2010


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  • Introductions of participants Reason for informal discussion today – objectives
  • The University of Kentucky is the most comprehensive research university in the Commonwealth. UK is a research 1 institution with labs, libraries and faculty focusing on global service and research. UK is big with over 27,000 students (70% undergrads) from 115 countries
  • Hands on research for undergrads highly prized – see tomorrow’s booth on the KY Satellite applied research (launching, guiding and tracking payloads on pico-satellites) in Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Highest rates for KY public institutions, but not high enough for Top 20 status – aspiration benchmarks more than 15% higher
  • Expecting to study more than 5 hours/week Wage-earning job less than 15 hrs/wk and on campus Planning to stay on campus/be involved most weekends
  • In 2004, of UK’s first-year students who did not return, 48.5% had earned a 2.0 or higher GPA ½ of UK’s first-year students who do not return (12% out of 23% total from 2002 cohort) enroll in KY colleges - mostly KCTCS, UofL, NKU and WKU
  • UK offers an academic scholarship to any student admitted to UK whose records include a minimum ACT composite score is 26 or SAT (M+CR) is 1170, and who achieve a 3.30 unweighted high school GPA.
  • Key Indicators 2008 cohort First Fall 2008 In relation to UK’s past 10 cohorts (ranges) First Fall Enrollment: 4079 compared to …. 2740 to 4118 students Mean ACT composite scores: 24.40 compared to …. 23.99 – 24.75 Mean First Fall GPA at UK: 2.77 compared to …. 2.63 – 2.77 Mean First Year GPA at UK: 2.75 compared to …. 2.60 – 2.76 2008 Cohort Total Enrolled Female Male Out-of-State International African-American Asian Hispanic Fall ‘08 4,079 2,088 1,991 961 32 345 89 62 Fall ‘09 3,275 1,687 1,588 741 29 259 75 51 % Retained 80.33% 80.80% 79.76% 77.11% 90.63% 75.07% 84.27% 82.26%
  • For the 2008 cohort the information on students choosing a major in the STEM disciplines when they enter UK shows a continued higher retention rate for students engaged in these and any other academic content areas at UK.
  • Don’t connect with peers in campus activities or study groups - with instructors before/after class or during office hours - with faculty in research projects or service learning - fear of straying into unknown areas on campus, e.g., research labs, WTYoung reference desk or branch libraries, international organizations For first-year students who left in poor standing after FA 2008 (UE Scenario 0) ACT math subscore, HS GPA, and on campus housing during the first year were significant when compared to their peers who returned in FA 2009 …left in good standing after FA 08 (UE Scenario 1), returned in FA 2009 (UE Scenario 4), and cancelled their registration in FA 08 (UE Scenario 5) HS GPA and campus housing are significant ...left in poor academic standing in SP 09 (UE Scenario 2) HS GPA was significant and campus housing was slightly significant …left in good standing after SP 09 (UE Scenario 3) HS GPA was significant
  • CS 115 = Introduction to Computer Programming - taken typically in the first fall semester for CS majors CHE 105 = General College Chemistry I – a pre-major requirement and must be taken before enrolling in BIO 150 or 152
  • Hand off to Carol
  • UK STEM Conference, February 19, 2010

    1. 1. Transitions from High School to the University of Kentucky Mike Mullen Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Placement strategies in place for math, English and reading </li></ul><ul><li>New emphasis on science readiness in transitions from high school to college introductory science courses </li></ul><ul><li>Student success in general at UK and in introductory science courses </li></ul>
    3. 3. Kentucky’s Flagship <ul><li>Most comprehensive research university in Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>27,000 students (70% undergrads) </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse student population </li></ul>
    4. 4. UK’s Areas of Excellence <ul><li>Health care sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Digital and nanotechnologies </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental and energy studies </li></ul><ul><li>Plant bioengineering </li></ul><ul><li>Public policy </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate research </li></ul>
    5. 5. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>UK RETENTION STUDIES </li></ul><ul><li>Half of all students who fail to earn a bachelor’s degree drop out during or just after first year </li></ul><ul><li>80.33% 2008 retention rate </li></ul><ul><li>UK has highest retention/graduation rates in KY </li></ul>
    6. 6. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>Retention rates highly correlate to: </li></ul><ul><li>Student expectations of college life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Studying outside of class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work hours per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social life on campus or other college engagement activities/events </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student perception of UK as a “good fit” </li></ul>
    7. 7. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>STUDENT EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY </li></ul><ul><li>3.5 HS GPA will mean 2.7 at UK </li></ul><ul><li>65% think they will graduate in four years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30% actually do </li></ul></ul><ul><li>78% say they studied less than 5 hours/week in high school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>63% freshmen say they study more than 5 hours/week </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>2004 Phone Survey of First-Years Not Returning </li></ul>
    9. 9. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>48.5% of first-year students who did not return in 2005 had earned a 2.0 or higher UK GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Half of UK’s first-year students from the 2002 cohort who did not return had enrolled in another KY institution </li></ul>
    10. 10. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>First year students who passed all their classes at UK tended to have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High school GPAs of 3.5 and above </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Took AP courses in high school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studied 10+ hrs/week during their HS senior year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identified with being a good student </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-reported a “drive to achieve” </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. What does it take to succeed at UK? <ul><li>UK RETENTION STUDIES POINT TO IMPORTANCE OF STRONG GRADES OVER ALL IN HIGH SCHOOL </li></ul><ul><li>Students with 3.5+ HS GPA and 20+ ACT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retention after first year = 80%-90% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation within 6 years = 61-75% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students with less than 3.5 HS GPA or <20 ACT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retention after first year = 61%-70% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation within 6 years = 39-49% </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. First Year Student Profile <ul><li>For UK's first-year students entering in 2008, the mid-50 percent* ranges were: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ACT Composite: 22 - 27 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAT I Total: 1020 - 1230 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.2-3.8 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>* &quot;mid-50 percent&quot; means that 25% of the cohort was above the top scores and 25% were below the lower score </li></ul>
    13. 13. First Year Student Profile Head-count Of Color Female STEM Major Starting in Under-graduate Studies Students in Fall 2008 4079 15.7% 51.2% 26.1% 23.9%
    14. 14. First Year Student Profile Fall 2008 cohort majors Fall ‘08 Fall ‘09 % retained at UK In STEM discipline 1,064 867 81.48% Not in STEM discipline 3,015 2,408 79.97%
    15. 15. Barriers to Success <ul><li>Too close to home and not getting involved at UK </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping same work hours/job as in high school </li></ul><ul><li>Low ACT mathematics sub-scores </li></ul><ul><li>Low HS GPA and live off campus during first year </li></ul><ul><li>Display lack of curiosity or critical inquiry skills </li></ul>
    16. 16. Barriers to Success <ul><li>Uncertainty for success in intro sciences courses </li></ul>Fall ‘08 courses 50% FY # First Year students Avg # per class Avg # FYs per class % Rate D, E, W grades CS 115 209 (of 324) 24.9 17.4 38.76% CHE 105 1,353 (of 1,843) 263 193 32.08%
    17. 17. Barriers to Success <ul><li>Uncertainty for success in intro sciences courses </li></ul>Fall ‘08 courses 50% FY # First Year students Avg # per class Avg # FYs per class % Rate D, E, W grades ANA 109 355 (of 431) 215.5 177.5 19.44% MA 113 509 (of 804) 33.5 21.2 38.90%
    18. 18. What can we do about it? <ul><li>Together, KY high schools and UK can… </li></ul>