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    • 2010 Partners for the Commonwealth Annual Report The Association ofIndependent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
    • The Association of IndependentKentucky Colleges and Universities www.aikcu.org
    • President’s Letter 2Sector Overview 4Member Profiles Alice Lloyd College 8 Asbury University 10 Bellarmine University 12 Berea College 14 Brescia University 16 Campbellsville University 18 Centre College 20 Georgetown College 22 Kentucky Christian University 24 Kentucky Wesleyan University 26 Lindsey Wilson College 28 Mid-Continent University 30 Midway College 32 Pikeville College 34 Saint Catharine College 36 Spalding University 38 Thomas More College 40 Transylvania University 42 Union College 44 University of the Cumberlands 46AIKCU Member Map 48 484 Chenault Rd. • Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 • (502) 695-5007 AIKCU is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded primarily by member dues. The Association also receives some support from revenue generated by business services activities. AIKCU is governed by a board of directors comprised of the presidents of its member institutions and representatives from the Kentucky business community.
    • Letter from AIKCUthe President Funding Partners Up close and personal. After several years of We thank all of our funding partners who focusing on the AIKCU “big picture” we de- cided to shine a light on a few of the many continue to invest in independent college contributions of our members. Hence, this students through their contributions to year’s annual report features a 30,000 foot the Association. snapshot of each member with only a few pages reserved for the big picture. In every instance you can learn much more by visit- $50,000 and aboveing campus and the AIKCU websites. Come see us! E.ON U.S. FoundationQuality, diversity and commitment to students are the consistentthemes you will find as you review the campus cameos. All AIKCU Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentuckymembers are regionally accredited by the Southern Association UPS Foundationof Colleges and Schools as are our public community college anduniversity counterparts. Additionally, our members hold a hostof specialized accreditations in fields like education, nursing and $10,000 and abovemany others. Whayne Supply CompanyOur campus missions are diverse, ranging from traditional resi- Wood & Marie Hannah Foundationdential campuses that educate eighteen to twenty-one year oldsto programs that focus almost exclusively on meeting the needsof adult students. We serve rural and urban students, assist stu- $1,000 to $10,000dents with some college who return and complete their degreesin the evening, on weekends and in other learning environmentsthat best meet their needs. Many campuses are offering online Delta Natural Gas Companyprograms, some are partnering with community colleges to offer EM Ford & Companyupper level courses at the community college, still others are of- Maclean Foundationfering programs at off-campus sites to further assist students. Mansbach FoundationI wish I could introduce you to our 5,000 + faculty and staffmembers. They are committed to student success. It’s personal to Up to $1,000them, whether it’s succeeding in one of our small classes, gradu-ating in four years, serving the community or staying in touch af-ter graduation. We invite the community to use our facilities, we Anonymouspartner in strengthening local schools. Whatever the community AO Smith Foundationneed, faculty and staff are involved. Gary and Sandra Bricking Robert CaummisarDid I mention affordable? We are. Our tuitions are considerablyless than other non-public colleges plus most of our students re- Dee Dawahareceive some combination of state, federal or campus student aid. The Commercial Bank of GraysonDon’t forget to visit, in person or via our websites.Gary S. Cox2 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • AIKCU by the numbers:Kentucky’s nonprofit, independent colleges and universities provide a huge return on a small state investment.3of students are 14,362 AIKCU students benefit from Kentucky’s student aid programs 4 (for a total of $55 million) Kentucky residents. Enroll more than Less than 4.5% of total Kentucky postsecondary spending goes to financial aid for AIKCU $0 32,000 in state money to import more than students. students 7,000+ out of state 10% students. 23% of students are over 25 years old. of students are minorities (7.5% African-American) 6,300+ degrees annually 4 in 10 undergrads receive (nearly 4,300 baccalaureate) Pell grantsAIKCU institutions provide$158 million in grants and scholarships 27% of AIKCU bachelor’s degrees are awarded in STEM disciplines. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 3
    • 2009-10 AIKCU Highlights AIKCU Total Fall Enrollment 1999-2009 40,000 32,144 30,000 30,411 29,041 26,908 27,440 25,252 25,532 26,151 23,836 24,764 23,206 20,000 10,000 0 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Source: CPE Comprehensive Database Kentucky’s investment in AIKCU students is less than 4.5% of total state postsecondary spending (2008-09) Other 4% ($2.2 MILLION) CAP 17% ($9.5 MILLION) KEES 84.4% 28% ($15.2 MILLION) State financial aid to State postsecondary appropriation 4.4% AIKCU students ($54.9 million) ($1.06 billion) KTG 11.2% 51% ($27.8 MILLION) State financial aid to students in other sectors ($140.6 million) Kentucky’s Investment in AIKCU Students Total State Postsecondary Spending Sources: CPE: 2008-09 state appropriation budget data. Includes public institutions, CPE operations, adult education and special programs4 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. KHEAA: 2008-09 student financial aid data
    • Percent of AIKCU Kentucky resident undergraduates participating in state aid programs 60 50 55.7 50.3 40 30 31.6 20 10 0 CAP KTG KEES CAP = need-based; KTG = need-based, tuition equalization for independent college students; KEES = merit Source: Calculated using KHEAA student aid data, CPE Comprehensive Database Resident Enrollment Average Published Tuition and Fees at Four-Year, Nonprofit Private Colleges, 2009-10 $27,000 $26,273 $22,500 $22,706 $18,000 $18,055 $13,500 $9,000 $4,500 0 AIKCU Southern National Source: AIKCU average from internal survey. Southern and National averages from the college Board’s 2009 Trends in College Pricing (http://www.trends-collegeboard.com/college_pricing Notes: All figures are published tuition and fees. Few students actually pay this amount after financial aid awards. If Berea College is excluded from calculation, AIKCU average = $18,959. Percentage of first-time, full-time students who complete their degrees in... 48.3 46.7 44.2 39.9AIKCU 34.3KY Public 21.3Universities 4 years 5 years 6 years Source: IPEDS, 2001 first-time, full-time entering student cohort Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 5
    • 2009-10 AIKCU Highlights Collaborative Programs 2010 marked the eleventh class of the AIKCU Frankfort Semester Internship Program. Ten interns from six AIKCU campuses worked directly for members of the General Assembly, immersing them- selves in the legislative process and taking two upper-division seminar classes in the evenings. Despite the down economy, more than 50 corporate and graduate school recruiters met with 150 students during the annual AIKCU Spotlight event in Lexington. This marked the 25th year of the collaborative Spotlight event, which provides juniors and seniors from AIKCU member colleges a chance to explore employment opportunities, internships, and graduate schools in a single loca- tion. Nearly 100 AIKCU campus technology professionals, librarians, and faculty members converged on the campus of Centre College in June 2010 for the 4th annual AIKCU Technology Symposium. This was the largest crowd in the event’s history. The conference was free for participants from AIKCU member campuses thanks to the generous support of AIKCU’s technology business partners. Transylvania University repeated as the 2009 AIKCU “Battle of the Bumpers,” the friendly contest between AIKCU’s 20 members to see which institution’s supporters can put the most college- branded license plates on Kentucky highways in a calendar year. Ten dollars from the sale of each license plate is returned directly to the school’s general scholarship fund. Overall, sales of Kentucky Independent Higher Education plates raised more than $39,000 for student scholarships in 2009. AIKCU is one of the founding partners and the fiscal agent for the Kentucky Appalachian Education Initiative, a collaborative effort to bring together postsecondary and K-12 educators to imple- ment Kentucky’s 2009 Senate Bill 1 education reforms in Appalachian Kentucky counties. The Appalachian Education Initiative is the first project to grow out of a unique collaboration between Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, AIKCU, and a number of eastern Kentucky nonprofits and service agencies. The collaborative was formed in 2009 under the leadership of Eastern Kentucky President Doug Whitlock, Morehead State President Wayne Andrews, and AIKCU President Gary S. Cox. The program is funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commis- sion (ARC).6 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • AIKCU Business PartnersContaining Costs andImproving Efficiencies AIKCU Benefit Trust - Faculty/Staff Health Insurance Angstrom Graphics - Printing/MarketingAIKCU’s collaborative business partnerships were AT&T Mobility - Wireless Services/Cell Phone Plansvery active over the past year as AIKCU worked Bell Industries – Microsoft and Adobe Softwarewith campuses to help them control costs and Bradford Networks - Network Access Control Systemsmaximize efficiencies on everything from routine CDW-G - Technology Productsoffice supply purchases to shared disaster recovery Coalition College Cost Savings (CCCS) - Multiplesolutions. Collaborative Agreements Commonwealth Risk Solutions - Student Health InsuranceCampuses were able to save more than half a mil- Cook Systems College CareerCorp - Technologylion dollars last year on hardware, software, sup- Job Placementport, telecommunications, and other technology Creative image Technologies - Multimediapurchases thanks to AIKCU’s technology business instructional technologypartnerships. Dell, Inc. - Dell Products/Services (PC, Servers, etc.) e-Campus - Online new/used Textbooks and school clothingAlso in the technology realm, AIKCU facilitated First American Equipment Finance - Capital Equipmentthe development of a disaster recovery co-lo- Financial Servicescation facility that could be shared by multiple Identity Theft Loss Prevention, LLC - Security Servicesschools as a backup data center facility in case of IntraSource - Information technology hardware/servicesa disaster event at an institution. AIKCU received JP Morgan Chase - P-Card Electronic Purchasingseveral proposals that were then evaluated by AI- Kentucky Recycling - Disposal of electronic wasteKCU and participating campuses. A contract was KSBA PCL Ins. - Property/Casualty Insuranceawarded in February 2010 to The Center for Rural Matrix Integration - Network Products & Integration ServicesDevelopment in Somerset. Five member campuses MCPc Computer Products - Technology Products-- Centre, Berea, Thomas More, Georgetown, and New Horizons - Training Solutions for Business/Bellarmine -- are participating in this agreement Office/ Technology Skillsand are sharing the costs as well as the adminis- Office Depot - Office Suppliestration of the agreement. AIKCU anticipates that readMedia - News Release Distributionother campuses will join this collaborative effort SchoolDude.com - Operations Management Solutionsin the future. Siemens Industry, Inc. - Building Energy Efficiencies Software Information Sys. (SIS) - IBM & TechnologyAs of January 2011, seven campuses will be par- Products/Integration Servicesticipating in the AIKCU Benefit Trust self insurance SuperFleet.net - Gasolineprogram, representing about 1,200 employee lives Systems Design Group (SDG) - IT Security Solutionsand some 3,500 total insured lives. The self-insur- Tech Depot - Catalog Purchases - Technology Productsance plan offered under the AIKCU Benefit Trust The Learning House - Distance Learningputs campuses in control of their insurance costs, The Student Loan People - Student Loansleaving them less vulnerable to the market and Windstream - Telecommunication Services & Productsproviding opportunities for significant savings. Wright Express - Fleet Fuel Card/MasterCard Campus Travel Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 7
    • Pippa Passes, Kentucky Founded 1923 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Joseph A. Stepp Fall 2009 Enrollment 595 alc.eduAlice Lloyd College Academics and Facilities At the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, Alice Lloyd Col- lege business students began classes in a new, state-of-the-art Business Center. The building that houses the new Business Cen- ter was originally constructed in 1930 to serve as the main sci- ence facility on campus. Over the years, the Commodore Slone Building (named for the original architect) housed programs in science, math, humanities, social sciences, and photography. In 1984, college classes were moved to other buildings on campus, and The June Buchanan School was established in the Commo- dore Slone Building. For the next 25 years, the building housed this college-preparatory high school. In 2008, a need arose for Alice Lloyd Student Wants to a central location for the College’s Business Program, and fund- raising began for a complete restoration of the Commodore Give Back to the Mountains Slone Building. The basic design of the interior was modernized, Chassity Fields “At the pharmacy, Rick taught me that in while the beautiful architecture of the exterior was retained. The grew up in the everything I do, give it my all and always put small community the customer first,” said Chassity. “These ex- Business Center was officially dedicated during out 2010 Appala- of Viper, Kentucky. periences helped me realize that pharmacy chia Day Homecoming. Her father, who should be my career.” has only a grade Supporting Students school education, Although both her brother and her boss Mr. has been a coal Slone had attended Alice Lloyd, Chassity ap- miner for over 35 plied and was accepted to several colleges. In order to promote a successful passage from the high schoolyears. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom Ultimately she chose to attend Alice Lloyd. environment to college life, the ALC campus community has de-who completed the 10th grade. Her brother “Because of its small-school atmosphere, I signed and implemented the ALC Freshman Transition Program,was the first person in her family to gradu- knew that I wouldn’t be treated like a num- better known as the “Bridge to Success at ALC.” The Bridge Pro-ate from high school, and completed a biol- ber. The school’s strong values, the tuition- gram is staffed by volunteer faculty and staff who are dedicatedogy degree at ALC in 2005. He is now an guarantee, and the opportunity for a Caney to serving the social and academic needs of the entering fresh-RN at Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Scholarship were too good to pass up.”Hazard. men. The staff conducts workshops and discussions on topics Chassity says that the Alice Lloyd Student such as time management, study skills, money management,“Although neither of my parents attended Work Program has built character, and that dealing with roommates, effective use of support systems, andcollege, my brother and I were encouraged she has learned from her work in the alumni how to register and select a major. This program falls under theto do so, and were pushed to make the relations office the importance of giving direction of the Director of Student Success, a newly created po-most of the opportunities we were given,” back.said Chassity. sition. The Director is also responsible for coordinating various “A lesson I will always carry with me is the activities to increase student retention.In high school, Chassity was offered a sum- importance of giving back – not only to themer job in a local pharmacy by Richard school, but also to the mountains that I call It is a long-standing tradition for the College to support a selectSlone, an Alice Lloyd alumnus. That summer, home,” said Chassity. “There is so much number of scholarly students from our 108-county service areashe developed a love for the pharmacy pro- need in the area around us that is often who plan to attend graduate or professional schools upon com-fession which is still driving her four years overlooked. Just as Rick, my brother, andlater. She has continued to work at the many other ALC alumni have done, I intend pletion of their programs at ALC. Caney Scholars attending thepharmacy every weekend and during school to come back to the mountains after phar- University of Kentucky are provided rent and utility free livingbreaks since that summer. macy school to serve in Appalachia, and do quarters in an ALC-owned apartment building, which is within my part in fulfilling Mrs. Lloyd’s dream.” walking distance of the campus. Scholars attending universities8 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • As president of Alice Lloyd Col- continued to be a strong point, as we were named the top President lege, I am proud of the accom- college in this category among all baccalaureate colleges in plishments of our students, fac- the south. ulty, and staff. These individualsLetter from the make our campus thrive, and the Our annual Appalachia Day Homecoming was an especially 2009-10 school year was a testi- joyous occasion this year. Hundreds of graduates and friends mony to the advances we have returned to campus for a celebration for both the restora- made as a campus. tion of the Commodore Slone Building and the unveiling of a life-sized statue of Alice Lloyd. The Slone Building now Once again we reached a record houses our Business Program and features the latest, state- number of applicants for our of-the-art technology, while the statue of Alice Lloyd serves freshman class. For every new student admitted to ALC, as a constant reminder of our humble beginnings. eleven others had applied for the same spot. Selecting students from such a large pool of candidates is a difficult While this has certainly been an exciting year, I am always process, but our Admissions Office does an excellent job of curious about what the future holds for Alice Lloyd College. finding the right students for ALC. Many more projects and improvements to campus will be happening in the upcoming months. From the addition of Our student selectivity is something we have gained na- new sports, to our renovation of the Lilly Hall bathroom tional recognition for as well. In the 2010 edition of U.S. facilities, to our Faculty Housing improvement project, we News and World Report, ALC was named the 11th most se- are always striving to make campus a better place for our lective college in the nation, alongside prestigious schools students, faculty, and staff. It is my wish that God continues such as Harvard and Princeton. Additionally, we maintained to bless everyone associated with our College so that we our title as the top college in America for graduating stu- may continue Alice Lloyd’s great mission of educating lead- dents with the least amount of debt. We were named a “Top ers for Appalachia. Tier College” for academic quality, and we were named 3rd among baccalaureate colleges in the south on the “Great God bless, Schools, Great Prices” list—a first for us! Alumni giving also Joe A. Stepp Program, and student teaching placement. Addi- tionally, JBS can participate in ALC drama produc- tions and sing with the College’s choir, The Voices of Appalachia. One special program that ALC offers to JBS students is the Caney Honors and Achieve- ment Program (CHAP). In this program, students at JBS may take college classes during their junior and senior years. No tuition is charged to these students and many graduate from JBS with a full semester of college credit. Community Involvement Alice Lloyd College prides itself on serving others. This philosophy of being a servant-leader began with our founder, Alice Geddes Lloyd, and our current students are taught that serving others should be every great leaders focus. Various cam- pus organizations participate in a wide variety of community service projects. Our Resident Advisors, Phi Beta Lambda mem- bers, and Baptist Collegiate Ministries members have participated in Operation Christmas Childother than UK are granted cash scholarships to- Buchanan School (JBS) on campus. This institu- for several years, making gift packages for chil-ward tuition. tion is a private, coeducational, college-prepara- dren living in poverty. Additionally, BCM mem- tory school that serves children from preschool bers regularly participate in mission work, duringPartnership with the June Buchanan through 12th grade. JBS provides College students both the school year and over summer vacation.School various opportunities including work study posi- Our athletic teams are also very involved with tions, substitute teaching possibilities, observa- the community through the NAIA Champions ofAlice Lloyd College is fortunate to have The June tion opportunities for the Teacher Education Character program. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 9
    • Wilmore, Kentucky Founded 1890 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Sandra C. Gray Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,622 (1,484 undergraduate) asbury.edu Asbury University Academics and Facilities Asbury College transitioned to Asbury University on March 5, 2010. We currently have four academic delivery sites (Wilmore, Nicholasville, Orlando and online) with multi-level academic programs spanning from dual credit for high school students to graduate education. This year, our academic programs were restructured into four schools: College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. Steve Clements, Acting Dean); School of Education (Dr. Verna Lowe, Dean); School of Communication Arts (Dr. Jim Owens, Dean) and School of Graduate and Professional Studies (Dr. Bonnie Banker, Dean). The Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Associa- Asbury student helps Ugandans tion of Colleges and Schools approved the reaffirmation of As- bury College’s accreditation for 10 years. SACS approved all of make sustainable changes for the future the institution’s proposed substantive changes, which included Laura MacFarland, do with the nets, and they were fearful that the expansion to offsite locations at the Jessamine Career and 18, hasn’t chosen the chemicals in the nets would harm their Technology Center (JCTC) and Orlando, Florida; the expansion a major yet, but children. McFarland spent time educating the of distance education and online learning; and the addition of she has chosen people on how the nets would actually pre- the new master of social work (MSW) degree. to move to Africa vent their children from contracting malaria upon graduation. and other mosquito-spread illnesses. From that experience, she is considering a major in Asbury University recently launched an equine facilitated well- When she was 15, education or social work. ness track as part of our equine management and psychology MacFarland took programs. This track will train future mental health profession- her first trip to “I want to educate people so they can help als to use horses to foster healing and therapy in patients with Uganda with the themselves—providing them with the re- mental and emotional challenges.United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. The sources so they can make the change them-following year she organized a two-month selves,” she said. “They [Ugandans] want totrip for her and her mother to provide mos- help themselves, but they need the educa- The Andrew S. Miller Center for Communication Arts is nearingquito nets and speak in United Methodist tion and resources.” completion. This facility will house one of the best sound stagesChurches throughout Uganda. In 2009, Mac- in the state and the award-winning School of CommunicationFarland returned to Uganda to build a home The incoming Asbury University freshman Arts. It will feature a 6,050 square-foot television studio andfor orphans, provide mosquito nets, and from Lexington is looking forward to her a 5,122 square-foot “black box” theatre. To reduce operatingteach at an academy for pre-schoolers. Introduction to Education and Social Work costs and promote energy efficiency, the building is designed classes. She was initially attracted to the with a geo-thermal heating and cooling system.MacFarland has raised money through the University because of the focus on missionUganda Rural Fund to provide goats and work. “It was important to me to find a col-other livestock to the Men’s Empowerment lege where [missions] were a priority.” More than 40 communication students and several facultyGroup, an organization that helps men to worked as paid broadcasters at the Vancouver Olympic Games.support their families. She has also raised MacFarland, a graduate of Dunbar High This is the ninth year that Asbury University students and stafffunds to buy food for orphans and medicine School, earned a Kentucky Tuition Grant, a have been asked to participate in the Olympics.to cure malaria, a leading cause of death in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarshiprural Africa. and Asbury’s Presidential Scholarship. The fi- Asbury University recently changed the name of our adult de- nancial assistance she says will make her a gree completion program to adult professional studies to moreUpon going door-to-door in Uganda giving more successful missionary upon graduation.away mosquito nets, MacFarland discov- “I will have less to pay back and more to put adequately reflect the mission and direction of the program,ered that Ugandans didn’t know what to toward missions,” she said. academic offerings, and educational and professional goals of students. The program enrolls approximately 200 adult stu-10 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • President The last year for Asbury Univer- winning School of Communication Arts. Our communica- sity was one of the most defin- tions students are known globally for their participation as ing in our 120 year history. On broadcasters of the Olympic Games. They have also gar- March 5, 2010, we adopted the nered five Emmys in the last seven years.Letter from the name Asbury University as a pub- lic acknowledgement of what We are also looking forward to our equine management our institution has become and students’ participation in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian will be a catalyst in opening new Games in Lexington this year. Our students will be demon- opportunities for us in the fu- strating their Police Mount program showcasing their ef- ture. While our mission has not forts to train horses for police work. changed, the methods and means through which we educate and equip students for a lifetime Our adult professional studies program recently surpassed of learning, leadership and service must speak to the current the 200-student mark in just five years of operation, making age if we are to be effective. it one of the fastest growing programs on campus. Our stu- dents take classes at our Wilmore and Orlando campuses, We are a university in mission, outreach and global con- Jessamine Career and Technology Center and online. nections. Asbury University has four academic delivery sites with multi-level academic programs. Last year, our academ- At Asbury University, we remain steadfast to our commit- ic programs were restructured into four schools: College ment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality. We be- of Arts and Sciences, School of Graduate and Professional lieve that a thorough background in the liberal arts com- Studies, School of Education, and School of Communication bined with theological conviction and spiritual dedication Arts. remains the best way to prepare our students for their fu- ture. The 2010-11 academic year promises to be full of opportu- nity as well. In January 2011, we will open our new Andrew Sincerely, S. Miller Center for Communication Arts, which will house Sandra C. Gray one of the best sound stages in the state and our award- 10, 2010. The police mounts are trained by As- bury University students for sale to police depart- ments. Our equine students also teach summer horse camps and train students for participation in the Special Olympics. Last year, Asbury University started a Faith & Cul- ture Series to encourage discussions on topics af- fecting our faith and our world in today’s society. The series were geared toward students and the community at large. Topics for discussion included medicine, sexuality, public policy and art. Expert panelists included national leaders, cutting-edge medical scientists, theologians and psychologists, among others. Through a partnership with Ichthus Ministries, As- bury University offered $200,000 in scholarshipsdents. We have three majors in management and the University of Kentucky, several Asbury Univer- for Youth Pastors to award to students in theirethics, leadership and ministry, and elementary sity students are beginning a multi-year project to youth groups.education. We have plans to add additional de- learn how a field of switchgrass impacts the smallgree programs in the future. mammal population. This summer, University of Asbury University has partnered with Quisqueya Kentucky professor and Asbury alumnus Dr. Ray Christian School in Haiti to provide aid long-termCommunity Partnerships and Outreach Smith ’83 is working with four Asbury students to the school, its students, faculty and staff who and a University of Kentucky graduate student. suffered losses during the January earthquake.The University signed an agreement with Valencia The team is trapping and tracking small mammals This aligns with Asbury’s history of aiding com-Community College in Florida to allow for a seam- in three fields on Asbury University’s property. munities after disaster. The University partneredless transition for qualifying associates degree with Pass Christian, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina.recipients from Valencia to attend Asbury Univer- The Asbury Police Mounts will participate in thesity’s degree completion program in Orlando. Equine Village of the Alltech FEI World Eques- trian Games, which will be held at the KentuckyThrough a joint project with Asbury University and Horse Park in Lexington September 25-October Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 11
    • Louisville, Kentucky Founded 1950 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Joseph J. McGowan Fall 2009 Enrollment 3,090 (2,408 Undergraduate) bellarmine.eduBellarmine University Academics and Facilities Bellarmine University continues to add new programs and ar- eas of study while maintaining a focus on academic excellence. Within just the past year the university has opened the Bellarm- ine University Center for Regional Environmental Studies, which will support a new undergraduate program in environmental studies, campus-wide initiatives in environmental sustainability, new research agendas and the new Bellarmine Farm; created a new School of Communication and added a master’s program in communication; and added a second doctoral degree, the doctor of nursing practice. As enrollment grows and more students elect to live on campus, Bellarmine student Danielle Robison looks Bellarmine University is growing to accommodate them. This fall, the School of Communication has roomier quarters as part of a for the world’s next energy source major expansion of the George G. Brown Center. This project also People who de- used fermentation and distillation to con- includes an expanded and updated University Dining Hall to bet- spair about the fu- vert the sugars in the switchgrass to etha- ter serve the dining needs of our growing student population. ture of the planet nol. “It’s much like the process to get wine probably aren’t or beer, but I wouldn’t recommend drinking spending much it, especially with all the stuff we use in the Bellarmine’s third new residence hall in as many years also time around Bel- chemistry department!” opened to students in the fall in the Siena complex, and ground larmine students. was broken in mid-May for the fourth hall, scheduled for occupa- One who will bring Danielle attributes part of her enthusiasm tion in fall 2011. When complete, the four residence halls in this out your inner op- for the project to the encouragement of stunning complex will surround a lushly landscaped area to betimist is Danielle Robison. teachers like chemistry professor Pat Holt. “I really like how Bellarmine is small and known as L’arboreto.Concerned about the world’s dwindling the teachers want to get to know you. It’ssupply of oil resources, Danielle conducted a great place to do research because your Supporting Studentsa yearlong research project on the energy professors are really involved.”efficiency and environmental impact of Committed to helping the Commonwealth of Kentucky doubletwo sources of biofuel: vegetable oil and She credits student aid for getting her into the number of college graduates by 2020, Bellarmine Universityswitchgrass, a summer perennial that once the lab. “Without financial aid and scholar- is focusing on the opportunities presented by the large pool ofcovered much of North America. The latter, ships, I would not have been able to attendespecially, captured her fancy. Bellarmine University.” first-generation college students with its Pioneer Scholars Pro- gram, which includes a full-time First-Generation Student Advi-“Switchgrass can grow anywhere, so it could While Danielle ultimately decided to pursue sor, a number of peer mentors, and support for the parents ofbe a cash crop for people in rural areas,” she nursing at Bellarmine after graduating with first-generation students. Since the program began in 2008, thesaid. “It has both economical and ecologi- a degree in biochemistry and molecular retention rate for the first-generation students who participatecal benefits.” Switchgrass isn’t a food like biology, she remains optimistic about the is 95 percent, compared to 86 percent for non-participants. Incorn and soybeans, so using it for energy potential of switchgrass. “It’s easy on thedoesn’t affect world food prices by driving environment, good for rural areas, costs addition, the average GPA of the Pioneer Scholars at the end ofup demand. And research shows its energy practically nothing to make and our cars their first year of college was 3.07, compared to 2.60 for thoseoutput can be 20 times greater than that already run on an ethanol mixture. There’s first-generation students who chose not to participate in theof corn. just so much hope for it.” program.Danielle grew a crop of switchgrass on her And with bright student researchers like Bellarmine’s Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences,family’s farm in Bullitt County. In a lab in Danielle, there might be hope for the globethe Norton Health Sciences Center, she yet. meanwhile, is helping to build a more diverse nursing workforce12 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • This year marks an impor- of study – our Center for Regional Environmental President tant milestone for Bellarmine Studies, for instance – that will benefit not only our University as we celebrate 60 students but also the 21st century communities in years of academic excellence, which they will live and work.Letter from the leadership and service for the region and the world. But even as we grow, some things have remained the same – such as our commitment to the liberal arts. Grounded in the liberal arts Our mission is rooted in the Catholic educational tra- and sciences, Bellarmine dition, the oldest and best in the Western world. We University offers more than commit ourselves to providing a transforming edu- 50 majors in five schools, including our newest, the cational experience at Bellarmine, one in which our School of Communication. Our enrollment is growing students are empowered to realize fully their unique – in 2009, we welcomed the largest freshman class talents and their extraordinary individual potential for in the school’s history. And in 2010-11, we will have greatness. more than 1,000 students living on campus for the first time ever. With our improved facilities, our new academic pro- grams and our excellent students, every day we are Our beautiful 135-acre campus has expanded from moving closer to realizing the goals of Vision 2020, 15 buildings in 1990 to 40 buildings today, provid- our bold plan to be the premiere independent Catho- ing inspired teaching and living space for those stu- lic university in the South and thereby the leading pri- dents and our faculty while winning 11 architecture vate university in the commonwealth and region. awards. Dr. Joseph J. McGowan And we are judiciously adding schools and programs annually to such work. Service-learning opportu- nities tie classroom learning to community ser- vice and are typically available each year in Belize, Guatemala, New Orleans, the Appalachians and in Bellarmine’s home city of Louisville. For its commitment to volunteering, service- learning and civic engagement, Bellarmine Uni- versity earned a spot on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest such federal recognition a college or university can receive. Bellarmine University continues to sponsor a va- riety of topical lectures and events that are free and open to the public. In July, the university part- nered with the Governor’s Scholars Program, in residence on the campus for the seventh year, to sponsor a debate among the candidates for Louis- ville mayor. The university’s long-running Guarna- schelli Lecture Series brings leading arts and hu-with a second $80,000 grant from the Robert Community involvement manities speakers to the Louisville community. InWood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nurs- 2009, Dava Sobel, author of “Galileo’s Daughter,”ing Scholarship Program. Eight students in the Bellarmine students are more likely to participate spoke in connection with the International Year of2011-12 academic year will receive scholarships in service or volunteer work than students at se- Astronomy; past lecturers include Isabel Allende,of $10,000 each to pursue an accelerated bach- lected peers nationally and at Kentucky four-year James Dickey, Norman Mailer, Joyce Carol Oates,elor’s degree in nursing in the Lansing School. The public institutions, according to the most recent Ken Burns, Wendell Berry and Salman Rushdie. Inscholarships are targeted to underrepresented National Survey of Student Engagement. By the October 2010, Michael Pollan, best-selling authorstudents, including men, racial and ethnic minor- time they are seniors, 73 percent of Bellarmine of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” will deliver the Vi-ity groups and candidates who are economically students have participated in community service sion 2020 Lecture.disadvantaged. or volunteer work. The Bellarmine community as a whole contributes an average of 15,000 hours Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 13
    • Berea, Kentucky Founded 1855 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Larry D. Shinn Fall 2009 Enrollment 1548 berea.edu Berea College Increasing Transfers Berea College signed an agreement with the Kentucky Commu- nity and Technical College System in April to increase the number of transfer students able to attend Berea College. The agreement, informally called “The Double Triple,” refers to the commitment by both KCTCS and Berea College to tripling the number of trans- fers at their institutions as a show of solidarity in service to the Commonwealth and as part of the “public and private institu- tional partnerships” encouraged in HB160. Increasing the num- ber of transfer students follows the lead of Berea College’s recent scenario planning process. In response to a changing external landscape, Berea has made an institutional priority of admitting Berea student shares love of math, more transfer students as a way to serve the Commonwealth and service with low-income youth the region by meeting a growing need while remaining consis- Mathematics life after high school, and explore ways tent with Berea’s mission. Because of Berea’s historic mission of major Patrick to volunteer in the community. educating African-American residents of Appalachia, the agree- Kluesener, ’11, ment supports KCTCS’ strategic goal of expanding diversity and wants to serve Patrick attributes his passion for ser- global awareness for its transfer students. his commu- vice to the example of his parents, who nity by teach- met while both worked for a Christian Increasing Efficiencies and Controlling Costs ing low-income non-profit organization. He says, “It’s students. “That’s not so much what they said, but how Berea College admits only low-income, academically gifted stu-my dream,” he says. “To help kids like they lived – being thoughtful and giv- dents, and charges no tuition in order to provide educational op-math and to show them there’s more ing of themselves to others.” portunities for those most in need. This is made possible throughto life than their own little town.” the generosity of alumni and friends, through the College’s en- Balancing class work and volunteer dowment, and through state and federal grants. To fulfill Berea’sServing others is already a way of life work, Patrick has been recognizedfor Patrick. During the school year he for both his service and his academic unique mission, the College is committed to careful stewardshiptutors math students at Berea’s Center achievements, earning the Berea Col- of resources.for Excellence in Learning Through Ser- lege Service Award, the Pugsley Fresh-vice (CELTS) where he is also a match man Mathematics Scholarship, and In response to the Great Recession of 2008, a Strategic Planningcoordinator, pairing each child need- membership in the Mortar Board hon- Task Force developed possible scenarios for repositioning the in-ing help with a tutor. During summers, or society. stitution to meet 21st century needs on a long-term sustainablePatrick works with low-income youth budget. The scenario approved by Board of Trustees is currentlyas a camp counselor. What drives Patrick? “The future,” he being implemented. This two year process has been comprehen- says. “If I work hard now, a lot of op- sive, inclusive, and thorough. Still underway, the process will re-He also mentors local children in the portunities will come to me later.” At duce our Education & General operating budget by a projectedCollege’s Berea Buddies program. Fam- the same time, he does not forget the total of $6.5 million between 2008-09 and 2011-12, resulting inily resource centers at local schools advantages he’s had, and wants to pass an overall 12.1% reduction and significantly increased efficien-identify at-risk youth who can benefit this on to the kids he mentors as wellfrom stable, nurturing relationships as his future students. “I’ve been given cies and cost controls. The current economic challenges providedwith role models in the program. Pat- a whole lot growing up,” he says. “Now, an opportunity to recommit to our core values and repositionrick and his “buddy” share meals, play I am trying to make their lives better.” the institution to fulfill its mission and meet the demands of thegames, accomplish homework, discuss 21st century efficiently and effectively.14 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Founded in 1855 by ardent abo- lege’s culture and programs toward a vision that reveals President litionists, Berea College was the “the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, first interracial and coeducational and peace with justice.” This guiding vision extends beyond college in the South. The Col- our campus border to include service to our neighbors andLetter from the lege admits only low-income, region. We maintain a variety of initiatives – some innova- academically gifted students, tive and new, others of longstanding tradition – to enhance and provides full-tuition scholar- community and economic well-being and educational op- ships for all students. All 1,500 portunities throughout southeastern Kentucky and south- students are required to work ern Appalachia. Included in this report are a few descrip- in Berea’s Labor Program for a minimum of 10 hours per tions of such efforts. week in assigned positions on campus – teaching the dig- nity of all work as well as earning money for books, room I invite you to visit Berea College and learn more about how and board. Situated between “Bluegrass Kentucky” and we are working to help meet the region’s needs in the 21st the Appalachian mountains, the College primarily serves century. Our initiatives reflect efforts in technology, interna- the Southern Appalachian region although students attend tional education, energy, sustainability, and environmental from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. In addition studies. These reflect our historical values of stewardship to a high quality academic program, the College maintains and self-sufficiency – and are hallmarks of Appalachia. two fully-operational farms, a National Historic Landmark LEED Gold hotel, and a substantial student crafts program. Please do contact us if you would like more information. The College maintains an inclusive Christian character Cordially, expressed in its motto “God has made of one blood all Larry D. Shinn peoples of the Earth” (Acts 17:26), which shapes the Col- Regional Commission’s Flex-E-Grant munity partners, including tourism commissions, Program for distressed counties in chambers of commerce, economic development eastern Kentucky. The Brushy Fork corporations, and banks, in nine central and east- Annual Institute provides leadership ern Kentucky counties to complete entrepreneur- and community development train- ial leadership projects designed to develop new ing for regional residents on practical businesses and to expand and stabilize existing topics such as community economic ones. Projects have included identifying entre- development; running a nonprofit; preneurs, creating self-guided cell phone tours managing finances for nonprofits; for destination visitors, market research for farm- and understanding legal issues for ers markets, and adventure tourism initiatives in nonprofits. For more information on eastern Kentucky. the Brushy Fork Annual Institute, visit www.brushyfork.org/annualinstitute. Berea College operates several programs that as- sist primary and secondary school students, in- Grow Appalachia provides plants, cluding Upward Bound, TRIO Educational Talent seeds, tools, supplies, training and Search, and GEAR UP programs and a number of labor assistance to families in nine other targeted outreach programs. Kentucky Col- Eastern Kentucky counties enabling lege Coaches is a near peer advising program plac- them to produce much of their own ing 32 full time mentors/coaches in high schools food, increase their food security and with high poverty and low college going rates. learn heart-healthy cooking and food Coaches work closely with the schools, students preservation methods. and their families to provide intensive academic and college planning assistance. The program was This past year, Berea College was designed by a partnership of Berea College, the named to the President’s Higher Kentucky Council on Postsecondary EducationCommunity Partnerships and Economic Education Community Service Honor and Kentucky Campus Compact. Funding for thisDevelopment Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or AmeriCorps program is provided by the Corpora- university can receive for its commitment to vol- tion for National and Community Service throughBerea College’s Brushy Fork Institute has signifi- unteering, service-learning and civic engagement. the Kentucky Commission on Community Volun-cant regional impact on Kentucky and Central teerism and Service.Appalachia through the Brushy Fork Annual In- The Berea College Entrepreneurship for thestitute and administration of the Appalachian Public Good Program has collaborated with com- Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 15
    • Owensboro, Kentucky Founded 1950 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Rev. Larry Hostetter Fall 2009 Enrollment 725 (664 undergraduate) brescia.edu Brescia University Academics Brescia University has added a new program in Addictions Coun- seling, with a four-year, two-year, and a certificate track. The program’s core mission is to provide students with an innovative and practical education that will inspire them to make substan- tial contributions in the care and treatment of individuals and families who seek behavioral health care services for various ad- dictions. Beginning in the fall of 2010, Brescia will offer a degree comple- tion program in Integrated Studies. The new program will offer students the freedom and responsibility to develop individual- ized programs to meet their specific career goals. Scholarship opens doors Brescia University has seen an explosion in the Success Tracks Kristin level,” said Miller. “I have had the op- for Adults Returning to School (STARS) Program. STARS was Miller ’13, portunity to meet prominent alumni designed to meet the needs of adult learners by offering accel- from Ow- from Brescia University and other erated degrees in online, weekend and evening formats. These ensboro, business leaders from the Owensboro flexible formats assist students in earning degrees that lead to Ky., didn’t community. “ career growth and opportunities in today’s marketplace. Brescia’s realize STARS Program participants benefit from competitive tuition how many Moore Presidential Scholars play a doors her significant role in assisting Brescia rates, financial aid opportunities, employee tuition reimburse- M o o r e University President Larry Hostetter ment programs, and workforce investment funds. Presiden- in representing the University at a va-tial Scholarship to Brescia University riety of events during the course of the Brescia offers a complete Master of Science in Management de-would open. academic year. gree online. In addition, Brescia offers four online degree comple- tion programs: Bachelor of Arts or Science in Integrated Studies,In November 2007, 1974 Brescia Uni- “Being a Moore Scholar has also pro- Bachelor of Arts in Theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Stud-versity alumnus Joe Moore and his vided me with an excellent opportunity ies, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and Bachelor of Social Work.wife Jeanne established the Moore to network with community members Brescia has students from all over the United States and even aPresidential Scholars program with a and potential future employers. I’ve soldier stationed in Iraq enrolled in our program. The Universitygift of $1 million dollars. The scholar- been involved in a plethora of oppor- also offers a Certificate in Accounting and many general educa-ship is awarded to students who have tunities that I would not have experi- tion courses online.distinguished themselves by their high enced otherwise. I believe I have grownacademic achievement, their leader- as a student leader this past year be-ship skills and their involvement in co- cause of the Moore Scholar program, Transferring to Brescia University from one of Kentucky’s com-curricular activities. and I look forward to continuing my munity and technical colleges is simple using our block transfer involvement in the future.” agreement. This agreement awards any graduate from a KCTCS“I feel very privileged to be a Moore institution with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of ScienceScholar, and am honored to represent degree a minimum of sixty transfer credits and junior standing.the University on such a distinguished An associate degree will also satisfy forty-eight hours of Brescia University’s general education requirements provided the student completes at least one class in world history, foreign language,16 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Brescia University has just complet- classes to share my perspective on the values that shape the President ed a three year strategic plan guided foundation of the Brescia University community. I look forward by the watchwords “stability” and to doing the same again this year. “strength.” I am happy to announceLetter from the that the goals and objectives of Having completed this three year plan, our sights have turned this plan have been accomplished to the next five years with the fall 2010 launch of our next plan. and in some cases surpassed. Since The watchword for Brescia in the next five years will be “rebirth” 2007 our enrollment has grown sig- as we continue to redefine ourselves for the next generation nificantly with a 21% increase in our of students. The plan will be marked by improvements and en- undergraduate degree seeking stu- hancements to our campus, especially in our efforts to become a dents and a 48% increase in our graduate students. These enroll- model of urban sustainability, and by continued expansion of our ment successes allowed us to welcome in fall 2009 the largest online programs. This plan, like the previous, is informed by the freshman class in decades. An important part of this growth has four characteristics of the Brescia Difference: been our expansion of flexible delivery systems for non-tradi- tional students, especially online programs, which resulted in a Respect for the Sacred dramatic 548% increase in the number of enrollments over the Devotion to Learning last three years. Commitment to Growth in Virtue Promotion of Servant Leadership The plan, of course, was not strictly concerned with enrollment numbers; it also included a strengthening of our Catholic identity, As you review the content of our report, I hope that you too will new marketing and fundraising initiatives, adding new academic be inspired by the Brescia Difference and our commitment to programs, and strengthening student life programs. This past personal and social transformation through a liberal arts educa- year saw the full implementation of our new first year experi- tion rooted in the 500 year teaching tradition of the Ursuline ence called BU 101. I was happy to be personally involved in this Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. freshman initiation into the life of Brescia by joining our students at their service project sites and also visiting each of the BU 101 Reverend Larry Hostetter literature, fine arts, philosophy, and company that produces the lighting and audio for religion. Students who transfer in events such as the Oscars, the Super Bowl Half with an associate degree are eligible Time Show, and Broadway musicals, students will to receive a $1,000 KCTCS Graduate receive a competitive edge towards competing Grant as long as they are enrolled in for paid internships with the company at loca- traditional daytime classes. tions across the United States. In addition, a Brescia admissions Brescia University’s service learning projects have counselor keeps regular office hours significantly impacted the greater Owensboro at Owensboro Community and community. All incoming freshmen participate in Technical School to meet one-on- two service projects during their first semester on one with students, offer advice on campus. So far, community service projects have transferring and answer any ques- included volunteering at soup kitchens, a home- tions students may have about how less shelter, animal shelter, and a women’s shel- Brescia can make a difference in ter. Our student-athletes continue participating their life. in Rocket Readers, a literacy program at a local elementary school. Our faculty and staff regularly Partnerships and Commu- volunteer at various non-profit agencies such as nity Outreach the Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Foun- dation, Red Cross, Oasis Spouse Abuse Shelter, St. Brescia University recently partnered Benedict Joseph Homeless Shelter, and the United with the Owensboro RiverPark Cen- Way. ter, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Owensboro Community and Tech- Brescia is also working with the City of Owens- nical College to offer a Bachelor of boro on downtown development and revitaliza- Arts in Theatre. Students will study tion. Most recently, through Brescia’s Art in Ser- and work with professional theatre vice to the Community program, an art faculty artists, design productions on cam- member along with art students created ceramic pus, and participate in building pro- birds to be displayed along the city’s walking/bik- fessional touring shows. Through an ing path to educate the community about the na- additional partnership with an in- ture found in our backyards. ternationally recognized production Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 17
    • Campbellsville, Kentucky Founded 1906 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Michael V. Carter Fall 2009 Enrollment 3,186 (Undergraduate 2,731) campbellsville.eduCampbellsville University Academics New undergraduate majors this fall include Spanish, interdis- ciplinary early childhood education, sports management and Christian missions, and a new master’s degree is offered in orga- nizational leadership. Campbellsville University offers 45 under- graduate, 16 master’s and five postgraduate degree options. Campbellsville University is currently offering five programs completely online: Master of Arts in Special Education, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Theology, Master of Business Administration and the Certificate in Christian Ministry. Two hybrid programs, the Master of Science in Counseling and Master of Social Work, combine online classes with some face- Student-athlete epitomizes CU servant leadership to-face components. A total of 24 undergraduate online courses are being offered for fall 2010 and a total of 59 graduate level Calvin Bini of Radc- takes as much pride in giving back to society as courses courses will be during the 2010-11 academic year. Five liff, Ky. is the epito- he does in being a great athlete. He is a solid hundred ninety-three students were enrolled in spring 2010 on- me of how students leader/mentor in our program. line classes. who attend Camp- bellsville University “We are extremely proud of his growth as a become Christian man and his commitment to making a differ- Increasing Transfers servant leaders. ence in the lives of others.” Campbellsville University (CU) has for several years enjoyed a ro- Bini is the first per- Bini has spent his past two spring breaks on bust relationship with Somerset and Elizabethtown Community son in his immedi- mission trips to Florida to play on the Sportsate family who will graduate from college. His Reach Ministries softball team prison minis- and Technical Colleges. The partnerships have resulted in strongmother is in the U.S. Army; he never knew his try. He and some football players read to local articulation agreements that ease the process for students tofather. His older brother is 26, attended a com- school children in Sevierville, Tenn., last fall. He complete their baccalaureate degrees. In order to further facili-munity college but never got a degree. His 19- has spent the summer serving on campus as ayear-old sister took the military route. student leader for LINC, CU’s orientation pro- tate the seamless transition across the Commonwealth, CU has gram. He was a member of a discussion panel engaged the Kentucky Community and Technical College SystemBini is a senior business management major about CU when the Louisville Urban League (KCTCS) in a system-wide articulation agreement expected towho is a member of the Tiger football team. toured campus in July. go into effect during the fall semester 2010. Some expected pro-Campbellsville’s values are “leadership, integ-rity, service, sacrifice, honesty and respect,” Bini Bini’s leadership and heart for others has also grams to be included in the agreement are criminal justice, earlysaid, and “I try to embody these values on and been recognized by his peers on campus, as he childhood, organizational management and business administra-off the field.” was asked to give a testimony at the Crazy Love tion. Outreach Night in April, an event created by CUA defensive back, Bini has been announced student-athletes and included former Univer-as one of 55 nominees for consideration to sity of Kentucky coaches and players. Supporting Studentsbe named to the 2010 Allstate America Foot-ball Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Bini said the financial aid and athletic and aca- More than 90 percent of Campbellsville University students re-Team. demic scholarships he has received are invalu- ceive financial aid of various types and around 50 percent of CU able and cover his tuition and room and board.He received the Mid-South Conference East Di- “The aid that I receive to attend CU is very im- students are first generation college students. For the 2009-10vision Champion of Character award in 2009. portant to me and my family,” he said. academic year, $12.3 million in institutional aid, $17.1 million in federal aid, $5.5 million in state aid and $1.5 million in other“It gives us great pride to have a young man “Campbellsville University has taught me to be forms of financial aid were awarded to Campbellsville Universityof character like Calvin in our program,” Camp- comfortable in my own skin. The environmentbellsville football head coach Perry Thomas here encourages that and makes it easier to be students, for a total of $34.5 million.said. “Calvin is one of those rare individuals that who you are and to ‘find your calling,’” he said. CU’s five-year Servant Leader Program has been implemented to upgrade academic advising, place incoming freshmen students18 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Greetings from Campbellsville Uni- Student life and support areas are growing to match the needs of President versity, a private institution with a our students. CU provides FIRST CLASS, a starting place for stu- public purpose, dedicated to serving dents to help them begin life with balanced goals from education the needs of our region and state. to financial, family, physical, mental and spiritual. A new 90-bed CU offers 45 programs at the under- residence is being completed for fall semester 2010.Letter from the graduate level, 16 master’s programs and five post-graduate areas. Our Extended campus locations are expanding. We are now in four strong regional stewardship com- locations in addition to online, where enrollment is triple what mitment provides for job training it was a year ago. CU has a partnership with Somerset Commu- and certification to help the adult nity and Technical College; a location in Louisville where we serve student get ahead. mostly adult students; and a new location in Hodgenville. We are partnering for degree completion options with Elizabethtown Our mission is to help prepare the next generation of Christian Community and Technical College and look forward, in the near servant leaders with the highest quality education possible. In future, to announcing an articulation agreement with the entire every encounter with over 3,000 students, the CU faculty, staff Kentucky Community and Technical College System. and coaches focus on students’ needs and ways we can grow our support for them as they endeavor to find their calling on their All the while, we do everything in our power to keep the cost of individual journeys to careers and improved lives. an education down as we give value beyond a general education, serving both the intellectual and spiritual needs of our students. As president, entering year my twelfth year, I can tell you that it Campbellsville University provides financial aid to more than is humbling to consider the tremendous progress CU has made. 90% of our diverse student population and we are grateful for We celebrated a century of service in 2006, then took stock and Kentucky’s state financial aid programs that, in many cases, make declared that we would begin the second century working to- the difference in our ability to help a student enroll in higher ward a goal of becoming one of America’s premier Christian uni- education. versities. Vision 2025 is a blueprint for the next 15 years that will guide CU, keeping to our Baptist higher education roots, focusing Sincerely, on continuously improving the quality of life for students and Dr. Michael V. Carter community members alike. Community Partnerships Greater Campbellsville United is a community- based organization, initiated by CU a few years ago, that works to promote racial and ethnic har- mony in the community and to advance the cause of equality and justice. GCU works very closely with the university in providing community edu- cation, heritage festivals, minority empowerment, college access visits for minority and other under- served groups. CU has established a partnership with the Louisville Urban League to bring urban students to the main campus for educational en- richment and college preparation. Campbellsville University is dedicated to the strength of the people of our region. This was demonstrated in a bleak moment in the history of South Central Kentucky, at the sudden closing of the Fruit of the Loom plant and subsequent 30% unemployment when CU stepped in to fill aninto small groups with upperclass and faculty/ centralized purchasing of materials; campus-wide intellectual and spiritual need, and the Technol-staff mentors, require small groups to participate recycling; limits on travel; limiting of tuition and ogy Training Center was born. Today, the Centerin a series of service projects in the community, fee increase for 2009-10 to four percent (lowest is helping transform the South Central Kentuckyparticipate in weekly chapel services focused on increase in nearly 20 years); consolidation of po- economy into a technology-driven one. The Cen-character/leadership/stewardship during the first sitions; use of energy efficient HVAC systems in ter, working with Team Taylor County, is currentlysemester here, and revised general education core new School of Education and men’s housing facili- providing workforce training for unemployed andcourses. ties; design of underground storage of storm wa- underemployed in the Lake Cumberland and Lin- ter to be recycled for campus irrigation; and dras- coln Trail regions working cooperatively with theEfficiency and Cost Containment tic reduction on design and construction costs on regional workforce regional investment boards. select construction projects through development More than 10,300 people have received train-CU has initiated cost efficiencies and controls in a of in-house expertise and intense negotiations. ing via the Technology Training Center since itnumber of areas by the following measures: more opened. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 19
    • Danville, Kentucky Founded 1819 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. John A. Roush Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,216 centre.edu Centre College Academics and New Facilities Several recent construction projects have enhanced the holistic quality of education Centre students obtain. In October 2009, Centre’s new Campus Center opened, a two-story, 50,000 square foot facility that is an all-encompassing gathering place for the college community to engage both academically and socially. Set to be fully completed in late 2010 is a refurbishment of and addition to Young Hall, Centre’s main science education facility. As identified in Centre’s strategic plan, increasing opportuni- ties for undergraduate research, especially student-faculty col- laborative research, is a major impetus for this project. The new Study abroad experience inspires Rotary Scholar addition adds 40,000 square feet and offers: six new large class- rooms; eight new teaching labs; new research labs for eight fac- Centre Class of Because as a Rotary Ambassadorial ulty members; several new collaborative work areas; significant 2010 member Scholar Warner will serve as a goodwill space for science on display; and an expansion and renovation of Chase Warner of ambassador to New Zealand, he feels Lexington, Ky., he has been charged “with represent- animal facilities. became the lat- ing not only Rotary International but est Centre stu- the United States as well. The oppor- In fall 2009, the Community-Based Learning program was intro- dent to receive tunity to represent my home and my duced at the College, encouraging professors to integrate com- a Rotary Ambas- people is exhilarating, and my desire sadorial scholar- to do so stems from my time in Stras- munity service into their curriculum. Available to all professors,ship and plans to put the award to use bourg—thanks to Centre.” CBL bolsters course material, broadens students’ social perspec-in New Zealand. tives and provides needed services to members of the local com- Hoping to pursue a career in the field munity. Experiential learning, which includes CBL, is a major goal“I chose New Zealand based on its of veterinary public health, Warnerunique sense of culture and identity,” will study the development and trans- of the College’s strategic plan.he says. “Also, they’re champions in mission of disease and its impacts onwildlife preservation, and this is an- society while in New Zealand. Community Involvementother aspect that I wanted to exploreand study deeper. Besides, what other “Public health isn’t just a medical sub- Centre was named to the 2009 President’s Higher Educationcountry’s prime minister has made an ject,” he says. “Its implications pervadeappearance on The Late Show with the cultural, political and economical Community Service Honor Roll.Dave Letterman?” arenas as well.” Community involvement and service learning come naturally toIt was the desire to continue learning Warner believes the most rewarding Centre students, both within and without the classroom. For ex-about different cultures, which Warner experience will be “interacting andsays begun during his study abroad sharing ideas with the people of New ample, as part of a “Race and Gender in Latin America” course,term in Strasbourg, France, that in- Zealand.” students advertised free Woman-to-Woman health clinics inspired him to apply for a Rotary schol- Boyle, Mercer, Garrard, and Lincoln counties.arship. “I’m anticipating nights of intense po- litical discussion and academic stress,“My time in Strasbourg exposed me to but most of all I’m anticipating a sense Centre was also selected for the Learn and Serve America Paya world outside of the States and truly of conviviality with my fellow stu- it Forward program. Local non-profit agencies in Danville had ainstilled the concept of being a ‘global dents at Massey University and with chance to add up to $5,500 to their budgets and were chosen bycitizen,’” he says. the citizens of New Zealand.” Centre students in an “Education Advocacy Through Non-profits” course.20 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • The 2009-10 academic year and universities in the South and No.1 among all of the na- President was another amazing year at tion’s religiously affiliated colleges and universities. Centre College. Our campus is changing rapidly with the opening of a newLetter from the The Class of 2010 was the campus center and a refurbishment of our Norton Center largest graduating class in the for the Arts in 2009. A renovation of and addition to Young College’s history, with 291 Hall will be complete at the end of 2010, offering students students. The class also had and faculty an excellent place to study, teach and pursue the the College’s highest gradua- sciences and encouraging collaboration and research, a key tion rate in history: 86 percent. goal of the College’s strategic plan. This, combined with the Among student accolades 2008 opening of Pearl Hall, a LEED gold-certified residence were: two Fulbrights, a Rotary International Ambassado- hall, creates for students a learning and social environment rial Scholar, and an Udall Scholar. The Class of 2010 also of the highest quality in which to spend arguably the four contained a record number of individuals graduating sum- most-important years of their lives. ma cum laude (the highest level of academic distinction), magna cum laude, and cum laude. In addition, both of our We look forward to another academic year, and we especial- valedictorians finished with perfect grade point averages. ly look forward to working with our partner private colleges and universities across the state to emphasize the value of The campus was honored to have Wayne Meisel, president a private education and to make sure a quality education of the Bonner Foundation, join us as commencement speak- remains within reach of Kentucky’s deserving students. er. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and delivered a moving and memorable address. Sincerely, John A. Roush In addition, Forbes ranked Centre No. 1 among all college Supporting Students Fall 2010 marks the second year of Centre’s part- nership with the James Graham Brown Founda- tion of Louisville to offer 10 students full-ride- plus scholarships each year, the state’s most prestigious fellowship. The Brown Fellows Program—which covers each student’s full tuition, room and board, four sum- mer enrichment programs, on-campus program mentors, field-based experimental learning op- portunities and more—was launched in 2009. The foundation selected Centre as the private institu- tion, along with the University of Louisville as the public campus, as the hosts of the Program. Before beginning classes in the fall, the 2010 Fel- lows traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia for their first international experience with the Program. The 2009 Fellows traveled to Panama for their inaugural trip.Other student-initiated activities include: donat- lending a hand to The Citizenship Project, whiching prom dresses to local girls; volunteering at lo- is designed to help individuals hoping to becomecal humane societies and the United Way; reading United States citizens; and much more.to school children on Read Across America Day; Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 21
    • Georgetown, Kentucky Founded 1829 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. William H. Crouch Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,882 (1,335 undergraduate) georgetowncollege.eduGeorgetown College Academics This summer, Georgetown’s Graduate Education Program intro- duced a Teacher Leader Master of Arts, a Rank I with Moderate to Severe Disabilities Certification, and an Autism Spectrum Dis- order Certificate Program. The Education Department has signed official partnership agreements with the school systems in Fay- ette and Scott counties, specifically to assist with our new MA- Teacher Leader program. Overall Graduate Education enrollment has steadily increased each year - with more than 750 students expected for Fall 2010 - and the department now boasts 20 full or part-time professors. The Education Department also contin- ues to be very strong at the undergraduate level, and now places students each semester in more than 60 schools in more than 40 districts - including many in Louisville and northern Kentucky, Georgetown student Heather Norman makes and into western Kentucky. the most of scholarship help In Fall 2010, Georgetown College will introduce the Founda- Heather Norman’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship. “I’m so parents wanted grateful I can put my time and energy into tions and Core Program, its new approach to general education their daughter to classes to keep my grades up and not have requirements. The new program introduces two common Foun- go to a college to work late at night,” said Heather, who dations courses designed to integrate development of academic where academ- has rewarded that trust with a 3.7 GPA. skills with the building of a campus culture of intellectual inquiry. ics came first and Reflecting on the full impact of scholarship Overall, the program unites a multi-level focus on academic skill opportunities to money, she said, “I also have more time to development (Foundations) with a broad-based approach to in- help her reach her focus on relationships and friendships that vestigating areas of inquiry in traditional liberal arts disciplines full potential were will last me a lifetime - that’s probablyplentiful. After all, this 2007 valedictorian most important to me.” (Core).co-organized a Champions Against Drugsclub that made Lyon County High School Heather knows that all of these experi- The college will also introduce a new major in Computationalstand out statewide. ences will be in the mosiac of her life af- Sciences, an interdisciplinary major combining mathematics, ter Georgetown College. Counseling at the computer science, and natural sciences. The college also added aThree years later, the pre-med biology ma- Graves Center for Calling and Career and major in German Studies. In addition, the Sociology departmentjor/chemistry minor already has been a an internship at Kort Physical Therapy in is now offering a minor in Sustainable Community Development,student representative on the Georgetown Georgetown have given her added clarity.College board of trustees, co-orchestrated which can also be pursued as an area of emphasis inside the So-the collection of 20,000 books for Invisible Heather feels called to be a general prac- ciology major.Children, participated in two Alternative titioner or pediatrician - not in an office,Spring Break Missions, and helped direct but in the inner cities or rural communi- Supporting Studentsthe Presidential Mentorship Program, an ties where the underserved of this countryoutreach to outstanding juniors at Scott are just hanging on. “Camden has a special Georgetown College is very proud of its steadily increasing re-County High School in Georgetown. The se- place in my heart...the children were so im-nior from Eddyville is also co-president of poverished, that broke my heart,” she said, tention and graduation rates, thanks in part to strong tutoringa new Georgetown organization that hopes recalling her New Jersey mission last year and peer-based instruction. Peer-tutoring is provided to studentsto affect aesthetic, environmentally-friend- all too vividly. “It was there I realized we with ACT English scores of 18 or lower and a supplemental coursely changes to campus. take our health and (medical coverage) for in mathematics is offered to students with ACT math scores of granted.” 18 or lower.Heather has time to study, be involvedon campus and be a global humanitarian Scholarships bought Heather Norman time Students in the two extra-curricular Programs of Distinction takethanks to the Kentucky Educational Excel- to put all this together and plot a meaning-lence Scholarship (KEES), the Kentucky Tu- ful journey for her future. part in camps just prior to the school year that are held largelyition Grant and Georgetown College’s with retention in mind. The 50-plus students in the Equine Schol- ars Program take part in Pegasus Camp, an introduction to all ar-22 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • I will soon enter my twentieth year as diverse and inclusive community by respecting and appreciating President President of Georgetown College and individual differences and commonalities. I assure you I’m as excited now for the future success of this institution as I Our consciousness relative to the importance of sustainability was when I came. We are becoming continues to rise. I am pleased that this fall our sociology facultyLetter from the a much more diverse college with a are launching the Center for Sustainable Communities. Environ- concerted emphasis on preparing all mental stewardship is about sustaining our collective future and our students for the global market- colleges and universities must take the lead in addressing issues place - and that’s great news for the of sustainability. state of Kentucky. Our Graduate Education department continues to expand, with Of our 1,335 undergraduates, 85 per- enrollment up 47 percent since 2000. Among several new degree, cent are natives of the Commonwealth. We know that most of endorsement and certificate offerings is Kentucky’s only Autism our best and brightest will eventually bring their newfound exper- Spectrum Disorder Certificate program. tise to professions close to home. Of Georgetown’s 269 graduates in 2009 who sought employment, 77 percent stayed in Kentucky. We have developed partnerships with a number of institutions to increase educational opportunities for students, including: the That is why we are thankful for the Commonwealth’s continued Kentucky Community Technical College System; Regent’s Park support of Kentucky’s student aid programs. These programs al- College at the University of Oxford; and the University of Ken- low most Georgetown students to enjoy the full collegiate experi- tucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy, Martin School of Public ence without having to work exhausting jobs on the side or incur Policy, and Medical Center. Two of our Programs of Distinction overwhelming financial debt. have exclusive partnerships: the First Tee Scholars Program with the PGA, and the Equine Scholars Program as the educational At Georgetown College we are focused on enhancing our strengths partner of the Kentucky Horse Park. as a liberal arts college working toward achieving Phi Beta Kappa standards. We are an academically-free, Christian college, mean- These are just a few of the reasons I’m thrilled to be one of the ing that students, faculty and staff have the freedom to pursue longest-serving presidents in Kentucky. spiritual and religious truths without limitations because of re- ligious or other aims. We also continue our goal of providing a William H. Crouch, Jr. eas of campus designed exclusively selected are identified by the school system as for Equine Scholars. The 30 students students with great college potential who could in Global Scholars - a program en- use a boost academically and socially. tering its third year, which takes 10 new freshmen each year - attend President Bill Crouch spearheaded the board of the Directions camp, a pre-orienta- the Scott Education & Community Foundation to tion program focused on social and create this September’s inaugural “Great Scott... academic perspectives. Celebrating Education!” - a collaborative effort by area businesses and schools (including private The Graves Center for Career & Call- schools, home-schools and the College) that will ing has great retention implications culminate in an awards dinner for unsung teach- as well, especially in today’s tough ers and will raise money to fund small grants economic times. Now, all external for community-oriented projects, to help needy and internal job-postings are on- adults to pay for their GED, and help teachers pay line for students. The postings are for expensive national certification. also accessible to alumni as well. The Graves Center also collaborates The Education Department at Georgetown Col- with all academic and athletic de- lege is in the fourth and final year of a U.S. De- partments, plus Campus Ministry, on partment of Education grant project that prepares career counseling. The Center also teachers to work with culturally and linguistically has an Employer Advisory Program, diverse students. Fifteen elementary and middle and holds a Professional Develop- school teachers from three school districts were ment Workshop Series as well as an recommended for the project by their local annual Law & Graduate School Fair schools. and a Summer Camp Career Fair. This summer, Georgetown College renewed its Community Involvement and partnership with the NFL Cincinnati Bengals en- Partnerships suring a 17th consecutive Bengals Summer Train- ing Camp at the College’s Thomas & King Leader- President Crouch oversees two ship & Conference Center and Toyota Stadium in Georgetown College students who 2011. coordinate the President’s Mentor- ship Program with Scott County High School. The 18 SCHS juniors Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 23
    • Grayson, Kentucky Founded 1919 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Jeffrey K. Metcalf Fall 2009 Enrollment 556 (533 undergraduate) kcu.eduKentucky Christian University Community Partnerships At Kentucky Christian University, one of our core beliefs is that the “value” of a KCU education should be readily apparent to students and their families. KCU seeks to infuse value into every aspect of the educational experience and its programs, including: community collaboration; partnering with area high schools to enhance the academic achievements of local students; distance learning development; constantly expanding and improving cur- ricula in order to better meet the needs of today’s students; and, involvement in community service projects designed to enhance the quality of life in our community and throughout the Com- monwealth.Financial aid helping dreams of teaching come true On September 21, 2006 King’s Daughters Medical Center, Ken- “I have known says Vicky, “and to be honest, I wasn’t tucky Christian University and local Grayson community leaders for years that I sure what questions I should even be broke ground on the KCU campus for a new 24,000 square feet wanted to be a asking along the way. I am very thank- two-story building providing needed space for the KCU School teacher,” says ful that the staff of KCU was so care- of Nursing as well as expanded family health care for the region. KCU junior Vicky ful to walk me through the enrollment The new facility, dedicated in September of 2008, enhanced the Madden, “and I process and took time to get to know delivery of KDMC’s mission of world-class health care and rep- am thrilled to me and my needs.” resented significant advancement in KCU’s mission to provide have the oppor- quality Christian education for future generations of health caretunity to earn my teacher education One of the areas of concern for Vicky professionals. The KCU-KDMC collaboration is an important ex-degree at KCU.” and her family – as with almost every ample of the way partnerships can better serve our communi- student—was how to finance her col- ties.Vicky, from Greenup County, KY, cites lege education. Coming from a familythe influence of particularly challeng- of modest means, the cost of collegeing and supportive teachers who made was intimidating. “I knew that I quali- In response to a growing need within the local Carter Countya profound influence during her K-12 fied for quite a bit of financial aid, but school system to provide their higher-achieving students witheducational experience. These teach- when I saw my award letter I was so more challenging academic programming, Kentucky Christianers placed in Vicky’s heart the desire to relieved to know that it was actually University created Out of the Blocks, a program that allows lo-serve a similar role in the lives of future going to be possible for me to attend cal high school students to earn up to 18 credit hours of collegegenerations of Kentucky students and KCU! KCU provided me with very gen- credit by completing college classes on the KCU campus. Tuitionthat desire led her to apply to KCU’s erous institutional scholarships and for Out of the Blocks courses is significantly reduced to just $75Keeran School of Education. that assistance, coupled with aid from per credit hour, a tremendous benefit to local families whether the state CAP, KTG, and KEES programs students enroll at KCU or go on to another college or university.Vicky was an outstanding student at combined to make college affordableWest Carter High School (a class of for me and my family.” On April 1, 2010 Kentucky Christian University’s partnership2008 co-valedictorian!), but the pros- with local schools was expanded when the University, along withpect of enrolling in college was in- Vicky is on pace to graduate in May Carter and Lewis County Schools, received a $366,000 grant fromtimidating. “I am the first person in my 2012 and plans to serve as a teacher in the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to enable the extensionfamily to ever have enrolled in college,” eastern Kentucky. of the Out of the Blocks program to local high school students via state-of-the-art interactive video.24 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Kentucky Christian University is for Christian leadership and service in the church and profes- President one of the true higher education sions throughout the world, and graduates of KCU are decided- values of our Commonwealth. As a ly and intentionally “different” in terms of work ethic, spiritual KCU alumnus (1987), I am thrilled maturity, and dedication to service. Whether planning careers to be serving as the fifth president in vocational ministry or music, nursing or social work, teacherLetter from the of the University (following Dr. education or accounting – graduates of KCU are equipped to be Keith P. Keeran who enjoyed a tre- servant leaders in their communities. mendously successful twenty-three year presidency). Kentucky Christian University has long embraced peer review and accreditation processes and benefits from regional accredi- Kentucky Christian University, opening its ninety-first academic tation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and year in August 2010, has a long and successful history of higher professional accreditations through the Council on Social Work education excellence within the Commonwealth. The Universi- Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ty began as a “normal” institute (teacher training school) with a and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. The mission to train teachers for mountain communities in eastern University’s Five Key Priorities of 1) Customer Service and Re- Kentucky. From those humble beginnings, Kentucky Christian sponsiveness, 2) Quality and Value, 3) Christian Mentoring, 4) University has grown, developed, and matured into a Christian Stewardship, and 5) Service, coalesce to ensure that the KCU liberal arts institution offering bachelors and masters degrees educational environment is student-centric and delivering an through eight schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Sack educational product of exceptional quality and value! School of Bible and Ministry, the School of Business, the Keeran School of Education, the School of Music, the School of Social The next time you travel through eastern Kentucky on I-64, Work and Human Services, the Yancey School of Nursing, and make note of our beautiful 121-acre campus adjacent to the the School of Graduate Studies. interstate (at Exit 172); if time allows, I or one of our staff would be pleased to provide a brief tour of the campus. All of Kentucky Christian University’s curricular and co-curric- ular programs include a strong emphasis on the integration of Sincerely, faith and learning. The mission of KCU is to educate students Jeff K. Metcalf nity needs (e.g., harsh local economic conditions, recent local floods, local home fires, etc.) student led service/outreach programs have enriched the lives of hundreds of families in our region. KCU’s Social Work Program (accredited by the Council on Social Work Education) approaches community service from a curricular perspective. Students serve over 460 hours as interns through- out their Junior and Senior years in local commu- nity agencies such as Community Based Social Services, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, Hospice, rape and pregnancy centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, Upward Bound, adoption centers, mental health facilities, children’s homes, prisons, hospitals and other agencies. This strong connection with the com- munity provides KCU students the opportunity to demonstrate Christian leadership through service to our local Appalachian community.Academics Service KCU’s mission is to educate students for Christian leadership and service in the church and professionsDue to sustained growth in the level of interest As a university with a distinct Christian service ele- throughout the world. At KCU, who a student be-among prospective students in sports related ment articulated in its mission, KCU enhances the comes is just as important as what they become.fields, Kentucky Christian University has strength- life of its surrounding community through many While the University has grown, expanded, andened its School of Business curriculum with the service and outreach programs. For instance, KCU developed much over the years, it has maintainedaddition of a Sports Management emphasis. students operate a “Free Store” where those in a steady focus on the three Cs: Christ, Character,Building on the strength of the Yancey School of the community are provided clothing, furniture, and Career.Nursing, future expansion is currently being de- household items and many basic supplies to helpveloped in the area of Health Sciences. them in times of need. In response to commu- Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 25
    • Owensboro, Kentucky Founded 1858 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Cheryl D. King Fall 2009 Enrollment 881 kwc.eduKentucky Wesleyan University Supporting Students The success of Kentucky Wesleyan students is our top priority. Every decision we make, every course we offer and every experience on campus should lead students to one goal – graduation. Starting with freshmen orientation, students benefit from assessments, counsel- ing and the creation of personal development plans. The PDP is a roadmap for college success, unique to each student, which includes academic, experiential and extracurricular goals. New students begin individualized journeys the day they arrive on campus with extensive support from the new Center for Alumni, Advancement and Career Development. The Center, with its unique organizational structure, offers benefits to current students and graduates. Faculty mentor helps KWC grad land “incredible” cancer research job Panthers Helping Panthers links students to alumni for internships, job-shadowing opportunities, networking events, career forums, Incredible. the first school. I enjoyed being in the mock interview sessions, job fairs and a speakers’ series. KWC alumni That’s how classroom at Wesleyan.” throughout the country serve as mentors and advisors to guide and Andrew Jo- encourage a new generation as they prepare to enter the workforce hanneman “KWC faculty focuses on individual or a graduate or professional school. ’10 describes students and their learning experienc- his research es,” says Johanneman. His KWC faculty position at advisor, Dr. W. L. Magnuson, encour- The Center helps current students explore career options and make the Owens- aged him to volunteer at the OCRP, significant life decisions with up-to-date information on job trends boro Cancer which led to an internship and then a in a nurturing, supportive environment. Alumni can also avail them- Research fulltime job. selves of the Center’s services and data as they experience careerProgram. How did a recent college challenges and/or seek recareering opportunities.graduate land a hands-on, high-tech He conducts research on lectins, pro-job before graduation? An Owensboro teins that bind carbohydrates, which Academicsnative, the chemistry major entered a are under investigation as topical mi-large university after high school, but crobiocides to combat HIV infection. New and expanded academic programs linked to high growth careersreturned home to attend Kentucky offer more choices and internship opportunities for KWC students.Wesleyan after two years. “KWC’s Johanneman says the OCRP researchstrong academic reputation along with has been the perfect bridge to medical A new online Business Administration degree program is designed forfinancial challenges brought me home,” school, the next step in his career. working adults who are beginning their college career or have someexplained Johanneman. college work. The intensive seven-week format allows students to Driven, focused and gifted. That’s howWesleyan was more affordable than Dr. Magnuson describes Johanneman. take four classes per semester.the university because KWC insti- He also mentions another student whotutional scholarships supplemented shared many classes with Andrew – The Health Sciences major allows students to develop an under-his Kentucky Educational Excellence Stacy Webb ’10. She, too, is an OCRP standing of the interdisciplinary nature of the health professionsScholarship. Another advantage was researcher whose plans include a Ph.D. in preparation for admittance to professional programs. KWC sci-the close relationships with KWC fac- in chemistry and a summer 2011 mar- ence students are consistently admitted to prestigious professionalulty, the chemistry major explains. “My riage - to Andrew. “They will make schools across the country, and 25% of the college’s graduates areprofessors were interested in me per- many contributions to our world,” says science majors.sonally, and they offered encourage- Magnuson, “two superstars who foundment and guidance I didn’t receive at each other.” The Legal Studies program is an interdisciplinary course study of the law in preparation for admittance to law school. In addition to law and skill courses (logic, ethics and business and professional writing),26 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Today’s economy presents chal- The president of Brescia University, the Director of Western Ken- President lenges throughout our society. How- tucky University-Owensboro and I traveled to Olomouc, Czech ever, challenges offer opportunities Republic last spring to meet with administrators and faculty at to collaborate in creative ways that Palacky University, another example of collaboration as we foster make us more resourceful and ulti- relationships in our global communityLetter from the mately, stronger. This letter shares a few examples of partnerships that Owensboro boasts one of the largest hospitals in Kentucky. The will result in far-reaching benefits to vast complement of programs at Owensboro Medical Health Sys- KWC students, our community and tem includes the Owensboro Cancer Research Program, a joint our state. venture with the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and Kentucky BioProcessing. KWC students gain Earlier this year, the presidents of 11 rich experience in research through valuable internships and em- two and four-year colleges and universities in northwest Kentucky ployment with OCRP and KBP, and these agencies gain the exper- and southern Indiana formed The Regional Consortium of Post tise of superior science students from KWC. Secondary Institutions to strengthen economic development and enhance the quality of life in our region. We are working together A one-of-a-kind partnership in Theatre Arts begins this fall with to leverage resources across our institutions to expand education- Owensboro’s RiverPark Center, OCTC, Brescia University and al opportunities and facilitate student transfers from two-year PRG, Inc., a world leader in entertainment technology. This un- to four-year schools. The consortium will develop an economic precedented collaboration includes shared faculty and marvelous impact report that makes the case for economic growth and busi- learning and internship opportunities for our students. ness expansion in the region. Now in our 152nd year, Kentucky Wesleyan College is well po- In collaboration with the Greater Owensboro Economic Develop- sitioned for a strong future. A comprehensive strategic planning ment Corporation, Owensboro’s four postsecondary institutions process is underway and will be complete this fall. We are exam- are developing a collective website to market Owensboro as a ining every academic and non-academic program and assessing college–friendly community. Stay tuned for Owensboro U, a joint its benefit to student success, economic viability and relevance in initiative designed to highlight higher education and promote today’s world as we serve students in the liberal arts tradition. concerts, intramurals and other student-centered events. Dr. Cheryl D. King credit hours in intrigu- Buffman. Students will study under the tutelage of ing subjects at exciting renowned actors, authors, musicians and technicians locations during the from around the world and will receive training with three-week term in Jan- industry-leading entertainment equipment provided uary. Students studied by PRG, the world’s leading supplier of entertain- Marine Biology in Belize, ment technology. Participation gives qualifying conducted Korean War research at the National KWC juniors and seniors a jumpstart to apply for Archives in Washington, highly competitive PRG internships in the U.S. and D.C. and studied art at abroad. various art museums in the Midwest and South, KWC science students gain experience in high-tech in addition to other research at the Owensboro Cancer Research Program. courses around the During the summer of 2010, KWC students and country and on campus. recent graduates conducted research in cancer and HIV at the Center. Partnerships The OCRP is a partnership between the Owensboro A revitalized Theatre Medical Health System, the University of Louisville’s Arts program provides James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Kentucky unprecedented oppor- BioProcessing, the world’s only full-scale facility spe- tunities for students to cializing in plant-made proteins. experience the art of entertainment produc- Students conduct research on a variety of projectsother course content comes from six areas that of- tion. This unique model brings together the public relating to cancer and serious infectious diseasesfer unique perspectives to the profession: Business, and private postsecondary institutions and faculty, that take advantage of plant-based expression sys-Criminal Justice, History, Political Science and Psy- as well as the resources and expertise of the private tems. These independent research projects allowchology. sector. Students from Kentucky Wesleyan, Brescia students to interact with OCRP faculty and staff to University and the Owensboro Community and design and perform experiments. Students are en-American Studies is an interdisciplinary major with Technical College will work should-to-shoulder with couraged to present their work at regional meetings,courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences Broadway professionals and assist with entertain- and when possible, students are contributing authorsthat offers a holistic approach to the study of Ameri- ment events at Owensboro’s RiverPark Center for the on research publications.can culture. Arts. The RiverPark Center, Owensboro’s crown jewel on the riverfront, is under the direction of formerKWC’s popular Winter Term 2010 offered three Broadway producer and Tony-nominated legend Zev Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 27
    • Columbia, Kentucky Founded 1903 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. William T. Luckey, Jr. Fall 2009 Enrollment 2,349 (1,993 Undergraduate) lindsey.eduLindsey Wilson College Academics In the last five years, Lindsey Wilson has invested several million dollars in its academic programs. In addition to opening the Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, the number of full-time faculty has been increased. More money has been made avail- able for faculty initiatives and research -- especially efforts to collaborate with undergraduate students -- and a bachelor of sci- ence program in nursing was added to help educate more nurses for rural Kentucky. Lindsey Wilson graduates continue to be accepted into some of the top graduate and professional schools in the region. For ex- ample, in the last two years, one of the top graduates of theLindsey Wilson experience, AIKCU internship leads University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law were Lindsey Wilson first-generation student to Japan alumni. For Amy, that road of discovery be- gan when she was an AIKCU intern KCTCS Partnership at the Council on Postsecondary Education. One of Lindsey Wilson College’s more innovative projects is its partnership with the Kentucky Community & Technical College “That internship gave me the cour- System. Initiated in 2003 with Somerset Community College, this age to try other things because I had partnership is in place at KCTCS locations in Ashland, Cumber- never lived outside of Adair County,” land, Danville, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Amy says. “It gave me a lot of confi- Lexington, London, Louisville, Madisonville, Maysville, Paducah, dence to try new things, and it made me want to see the world. Everyone Prestonsburg and Somerset.Amy Anderson’s life has been for- I worked with in Frankfort was en-ever changed because of experiences couraging and supportive. They al- The program allows KCTCS students to earn a bachelor of artsshe’s had while at Lindsey Wilson. A ways asked me what I wanted to do degree in human services and counseling or a master of educa-first-generation college student and with my life.” tion degree in counseling in human development without leavingthe daughter of a single mother, Amy their communities. After students graduate from their respectivecame to Lindsey Wilson after she Amy took Japanese when she re- KCTCS campus, they enroll as full-time Lindsey Wilson studentsgraduated from Adair County High turned to Lindsey Wilson. And this thanks to a block transfer agreement between the two institu-School. Thanks to a generous need- school year, she is studying at a tions. A reduced tuition rate is offered.based financial aid package from Japanese university. It will be theLindsey Wilson, coupled with state first time Amy has left the country Lindsey Wilson serves more than 500 Kentucky residents annu-grants, Amy was able to afford a col- or seen the ocean.lege education. ally through this initiative. Typically, more than 70 percent of the “I’ve never even flown on a plane be- program’s students are female, and more than 80 percent are“At first, I didn’t know what I want- fore, so this entire experience is go- first-generation college students. The students are also usually ated to do when I got to college and ing to be just amazing,” she said. “I’m least 30 years old, and they are usually the primary caregiver forit wasn’t easy at first for me,” Amy very fortunate to be able to have at least one family member.says. “But I eventually discovered this opportunity. Lindsey Wilson haswhat I wanted to do in life.” been so supportive of me the entire Classes are taught on Friday and Saturday by full-time Lindsey way.” Wilson faculty in order to accommodate students’ busy sched- ules. During the week, a full-time Lindsey Wilson staff member28 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Back in 1983 when I arrived at the One thing that has not changed, however, is our mission. The President Lindsey Wilson College, it was a ju- mission of Lindsey Wilson is to serve students’ educational nior college with an annual budget needs by providing a living-learning environment where every of less than $2 million located on student, every day learns, grows and feels like a real human less than 40 acres, with a faculty of being. The mission is what inspires our more than 300 facultyLetter from the 24 serving a campus of fewer than and staff to reach new heights and discover new and innovative 500 students. Most of the college’s ways to serve students. students were from Southcentral Kentucky. Because more than 80 percent of Lindsey Wilson’s students are first-generation college students, the college remains commit- How things have changed. ted to being a college of opportunity that provides access to the middle-class through higher education. In the 27 years I’ve been at Lindsey Wilson – including the last 12 as president – I’ve seen this college undergo a breathtaking Being a college of opportunity compels us to keep the cost of transformation. Today, Lindsey Wilson has a $49 million oper- college affordable for working-class families. Lindsey Wilson has ating budget and offers 21 baccalaureate programs and three offset modest tuition increases by offering students additional graduate programs. Its 2010-11 enrollment will exceed more need-based, institutional financial aid. This year, Lindsey Wilson than 2,600 students from more than 100 Kentucky counties, will award more than $10 million in institutional aid, more than 25 U.S. states and territories, and more than 30 countries. The double the amount of financial aid awarded through Kentucky faculty has expanded to almost 100 full-time positions. programs. Physically, Lindsey Wilson’s A.P. White Campus has grown to Our commonwealth’s future in inescapably tied to postsecond- more than 200 acres and more than 50 buildings. In the last five ary education. That’s why it is critical for all of us in Kentucky’s years alone, Lindsey Wilson has spent more than $30 million to postsecondary community to continue to search for ways to open or renovate several impressive buildings, including the Jim partner, collaborate and innovate – to find new ways to broad- and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, the Doris and Bob Hol- en education opportunities to all Kentuckians. loway Health & Wellness Center and the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park. Financially, the college is stronger than at any point in its Bill Luckey 107-year history. son has opened regional offices in Ashland, Hazard and Hopkinsville to better serve the community campuses in those areas. In addition to working with the LWC students, each regional office has become a vibrant member of its community by participating in civic activities, community-ser- vice initiatives and other projects that contribute to the quality of life. What is most exciting about this partnership between KCTCS and Lindsey Wilson is that it si- multaneously meets two of the commonwealth’s critical needs: doubling the number of bachelor degree holders and providing more mental health workers in rural areas. As the Council on Postsec- ondary Education has reported, it is imperative that the higher-education community take stepskeeps office hours at each community campus satisfaction reported at the college’s campus in that will allow citizens who do not live near alocation to assist students with their schedules, Columbia. four-year college or university to earn a collegequestions about financial aid and help with other degree. The KCTCS-Lindsey Wilson partnership isissues. At select campuses, Lindsey Wilson offers a Lindsey Wilson’s graduate program is accredited one way to expand access to higher education tofree counseling clinic to the local KCTCS campus by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling geographically isolated Kentucky residents.community. and Related Educational Programs, which is the accreditation arm of the American Counseling As- The KCTCS-Lindsey Wilson partnership also ad-The quality of the education students experience sociation. When a program achieves CACREP ac- dresses the acute need of increasing the numberthrough the KCTCS-Lindsey Wilson partnership is creditation, it is a clear signal to the profession of qualified mental health workers in rural areasthe equivalent of what is provided on Lindsey Wil- that the program is among the best in the nation. of the state. There is a well-documented short-son’s A.P. White Campus in Columbia. In fact, be- In fact, CACREP has cited Lindsey Wilson’s gradu- age of qualified mental health professionals incause the KCTCS-Lindsey Wilson partnership uses ate program as a model small-college program. Kentucky’s rural areas. By partnering with KCTCSa cohort model, student satisfaction is almost al- and local mental-health agencies, Lindsey Wilsonways equal to or higher than the level of student Because of the partnership’s success, Lindsey Wil- helps reduce that need. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 29
    • Mayfield, Kentucky Founded 1949 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. Robert J. Imhoff Fall 2009 Enrollment 1823 midcontinent.eduMid-Continent University Academics Mid-Continent University has experienced tremendous growth and continues to grow by offering more programs. Mid-Continent University ADVANTAGE was created as a unique alternative to the traditional method of earning a college degree. ADVANTAGE is tailored to the needs of busy adults by providing a non-traditional opportunity to complete a degree in an adult setting in numerous lo- cations throughout Kentucky and southern Illinois. The one night a week structure allows students to maintain their family and work life while earning a degree. Classes bring together the work experience and skills of faculty and students, creating a personalized, productive learning Downsized, but not out environment applicable to the lives of working adults. AD- VANTAGE has helped thousands of adults earn a college Fo r t y - n i n e adult by offering classes locally once a degree. year old week. He was able to start the bach- M o n t y elor’s program by transferring previous Duke’s story credits and taking CLEP (College-Level Mid-Continent University ADVANTAGE launched the ac- is familiar to Examination Program) tests, which give celerated online Bachelor of Science in Psychology & many Ken- students the opportunity to receive Counseling in November of 2009. The program was previ- tuckians. His credit for what they already know by ously offered only face-to-face at the Mayfield MCU cam- life was mov- earning qualifying scores. pus. Mid-Continent has a history of offering a strong psy- ing smoothly chology major through the traditional program and more until he lost Not only did Monty need a degree to recently in the one night a week adult format through AD-his job due to downsizing. He had ex- make him more marketable to em- VANTAGE, but offering it online will provide the ultimateperience but potential employers re- ployers, he wanted to be a role modelquired a degree. He had over 50 hours to his children. He explained, “One of convenience of education being as close as your computer.of college credits but never graduated. the things that I testify to, as much as Online classes focus on real world experience, making the anything, is that, as a parent, I believe education more meaningful for adults who have priorA case worker at the local unemploy- that God ordains us to lead by exam- work history.ment office mentioned that going back ple. With my children being of collegeto school could be affordable through age, I could not expect them to under- Mid-Continent University was approved by SACS to offerneed-based state grants such as the stand the vast importance of complet- Master’s level programs in December 2009. Mid-ContinentKentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) and the ing their education if I did not showCollege Access Program (CAP). She told them myself. If you ‘talk the talk’ you now offers a Master of Science in Human Resource Man-him about the Workforce Investment have to ‘walk the walk’.” That is exactly agement in five locations: Bowling Green, Mayfield, Pad-Act (WIA), a federal act that provides what Monty did. He seized this oppor- ucah, Madisonville, and Louisville. This master’s degreejob training and educational assistance tunity and graduated two years later. program has been created to address the growing needfor displaced workers. WIA includes for qualified and skilled professionals who have strong in-a grant program that assists with the Monty found a new calling as an MCU terpersonal skills and corporate operational expertise. Thiscost of education and training. Monty student advisor, coaching other adults advancement means more people than ever can experi-found that Mid-Continent University’s toward accomplishing the same life-Advantage catered to his needs as an time goal that he finally obtained. ence Mid-Continent University ADVANTAGE through its new master’s degree program with courses that will suit their current and future needs. This degree is a way for ambitious professionals to earn a respected credential that equips them with tools that employers are looking for30 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Two thousand nine and ness Specialty” university. Perhaps we are the President ten were banner years of only “business specialty” school in America that service for Mid-Continent has a Christian Studies core in every major and University. Our FTE topped discipline!Letter from the 2,630, our largest ever, and we experienced our elev- The opportunity for a face-to-face master’s de- enth consecutive year of gree in Bowling Green, Mayfield, Paducah, Madi- growth. sonville and Louisville will make our region more attractive to companies, which will trickle down By far the largest student population we serve is to help all of us. The Kentucky Chamber of Com- adults. Our education model is a cohort-based, merce statistics indicate that in Kentucky, on av- off-site service to working adults throughout erage, an individual with a master’s degree makes many small towns and locations primarily un- $8,000 more, annually, than an individual with a served or unavailable for working adults. Ex- bachelor’s degree. Only 8% of Kentucky adults cept for our traditional students on our Mayfield have master’s, professional, or doctoral degrees campus, all our classes are evening classes. We so those who advance their education beyond a currently have classes in approximately seventy- bachelor’s have a definite career advantage. This four locations across Kentucky. opportunity provides great potential for both employers and employees. We gained approval from SACS in December for our Masters program so we are now a Level III Robert Imhoff institution and classified by Carnegie as a “Busi- Dr. Debra Hudson has been hired as the As- sociate Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCU. With more than 15 years of leader- ship experience in the field of administration and having taught in Christ-centered higher education programs for adults, Dr. Hudson supports ADVANTAGE as it continues MCU’s tradition of quality curriculum and instruc- tion for adult learners. Formerly at Colorado Christian University, Dr. Hudson served as the Center Director for both the Southern and Western Colorado Adult Learning Cen- ters and the Director of Student Services and Development. She also worked as Acting Director of the Educator Licensing Programs for the College of Adult and Graduate Stud- ies and Assistant Dean of Academic Services. As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Hudson taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses for CCU’s adult learners in educa- tion, critical thinking, prior learning assess- ment, adult studies, and research. Partnerships Mid-Continent has partnered with both Madisonville Community College and Hen- derson Community College to offer students the opportunity to earn their Bachelor’s de- gree on the Community College campus. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 31
    • Midway Founded 1847 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. William B. Drake, Jr. Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,408 (1,335 undergraduate) midway.edu Midway College Expanding Facilities Midway College remains Kentucky’s only college for women through its campus day program. The College also is a leader in serving working men and women through its School for Career Development with evening and weekend classes and Midway College Online offering classes anytime, anywhere; the Graduate School; and the new School of Pharmacy in Paintsville, Kentucky (pending accreditation). Construction began in November 2009 on the new 30,242 square foot $5 million Learning Resource Center. This new facility will enhance enrollments in the nursing program, provide state-of- the-art classroom space as well as faculty offices; and also in- cludes an indoor gross anatomy equine lab. Love makes history as one of first Midway MBA grads In January 2010, the College announced its plans to open a “I’m honored to be part of School of Pharmacy in Paintsville, Kentucky by August 2011. Midway’s first graduating MBA Graduates will receive a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, class. Participating in the MBA and once fully operational enrollment will reach 320 students. program gave me an oppor- It is anticipated to have a $40 million annual economic impact tunity to expand my business to the region. This program will take Midway College to a Level knowledge, skills and abilities. I V institution. was challenged to examine data and situations more critically Midway continues to grow its off-site locations, both free-stand- and strategically, competencies ing and in partnership with KCTCS. The College has expanded to the City of Radcliff, near Fort Knox, and will begin offering its that are critical in today’s com- accelerated bachelor degree completion programs to non-tradi- petitive business environment.” tional students. Midway College’s Lexington campus is doublingAt the May 2010 Commence- its space at its current Hamburg location to serve more students Love says obtaining an MBA wasment of Midway College, 23 and offer more courses. not an easy endeavor but it wasstudents made history for the definitely worth the sacrificeCollege by being the first gradu- Academics of time, effort and personal re-ates of the Masters of Business sources. He is most thankful to Midway College graduated 359 students in May 2010, includingAdministration (MBA) Program. God and Midway College’s facil- its first master level (MBA) degrees to 23 graduates.Among those students was ity and staff for all their supportDaryl K. Love, Community Rela- and encouragement. Enrollment has increased from 1,694 students in 2008, to 1,922tions Manager for Ashland, Inc. students at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year. The Col- lege anticipates passing 2,000 students by the end of the coming year. Midway College now offers a 12 month RN-BSN program for working nurses. This program is blended, combining in-seat and online courses.32 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Midway College is grow- in Business Administration. Secondly, our an- President ing. In November 2009 nouncement in January 2010 of our new School we began construction on of Pharmacy in Paintsville, Kentucky takes this a new 30,242 square foot institution to Level V (doctorate degree grant-Letter from the Learning Resource Center. ing institution) once that program is accredited. This will provide the Col- Third, we are opening a campus location in Rad- lege with state-of-the-art cliff, Kentucky to serve the growing population classroom facilities to serve in and around Fort Knox as well as doubling our our growing student body existing Lexington campus. Moreover, we are ex- in critical areas such as nursing, teacher edu- panding our degree programs at the associate, cation and business, in addition to providng us bachelor and master levels to continue to pro- with a new gross anatomy lab for our signature vide much needed educational offerings in our equine studies program. The construction of our four pillar programs – business, equine studies, new Center is well underway and on schedule for nursing/health sciences, and teacher education. completion in early 2011. These expansions of our campus, academics and In addition to bricks and mortar, we are grow- service territory reflect our board of trustee’s and ing academically and increasing our service terri- faculty’s renewed sense of fulfilling our mission tory. This year marks several major milestones for – to serve the unmet educational needs of Ken- Midway College. At our 2010 Commencement tucky and beyond. 23 students were granted the first ever masters degrees from Midway College receiving Masters Dr. William B. Drake, Jr. Midway College Online also has developed and now offers a unique program for Kentucky coal miners and others beyond our state in this vital industry. The B.A. in Mining Management & Safety was developed for those working in the mining in- dustry to advance their career into management. Supporting Students The College’s retention rate has continued to im- prove as the Office of Student Affairs works hard to coordinate activities for on campus and com- muters students and provide resources for all stu- dents. In the last academic years over 120 events were offered to our students including a lecture series on John Maxwell’s Leadership 101 book, trips to see Broadway plays and concerts, fitness programs and more. In May, 2010, the College established the Dr. Lil- ialyce Akers Leadership Lecture Series. The lecture Midway College now offers a newly revamped series is named in honor of the late, former Mid-Midway College Online now offers an associate Business Administration degree that offers six way Junior College professor and Board of Trusteedegree in Medical Coding that can be completed areas of concentration: accounting, entrepreneur- Member. Dr. Akers embraced the principles ofentirely online. With the ever-changing health- ship, equine business, human resource manage- leadership as she served as a professor at Mid-care regulations and the need for more health- ment, leadership and marketing. way Junior College, Morehead State University,care, these two degrees significantly increase the the University of Kentucky and the University ofimpact of Midway’s Nursing/Health Sciences pro- With the success of our MBA program in-seat, Louisville. Midway College will honor her memorygram on Kentucky’s workforce by providing highly the College has now expanded that and offers through the lecture series, by equipping studentstrained and skilled professional for sectors that that program online to reach even more students with the skills needed to serve as leaders withinneed employees. across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. their respective communities. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 33
    • Pikeville, Kentucky Founded 1889 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Paul E. Patton Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,005 (705 undergraduate) pc.edu Pikeville College Academics and New Facilities Pikeville College announced a $25 million dollar expan- sion project in May that will provide the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM) and the under- graduate college with a new educational facility and an expanded clinical skills center. The project will allow the medical school to expand the current class size from 75 to 125 students, increasing the total enrollment from 300 to 500 students. The nine-story structure will include lec- ture halls, a gross anatomy lab, research labs, offices, small group classrooms and student study space. A clinical skills training and evaluation center with specially-equipped ex- amination rooms will serve as training and testing centers Pikeville College lights fire for learning for students in programs using standardized patients and in senior Gary Smith high-fidelity robotic patient simulators. The Elizabeth Ak- Writer and an edge when it comes to mentoring ers Elliott Nursing Program will utilize the space for similar poet Wil- incoming freshmen as a SOAR leader training. Plans also include an expanded osteopathic ma- liam Butler and in his role as one of the founding nipulative medicine lab and clinic and a new cafeteria for Yeats had members of Pikeville College’s newly- the campus. the notion established Greek organizations. that educa- tion is not Smith’s passion for literature is some- Pikeville College, in conjunction with the Pikeville College the filling of thing he attributes to his grandmother, School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM), is offering stu- a pail, but a teacher, who read to him as a boy, dents a cooperative eight-year program (4+4) leading to the light- bringing to life the adventures of Huck a bachelor’s degree and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine ing of a fire. Finn and other childhood classics. HisA scholar, athlete, artist and campus plans for the future include graduate (D.O.) degree. Ten high school seniors from across the stateleader, Pikeville College senior Gary school and earning a Ph.D. in literature, have been selected to begin the program this fall.Smith has an enthusiasm for learning possibly pursuing a career in teaching.that burns white-hot. Community Partnerships “Pikeville College’s small campus al-When he’s not in the classroom or on lows you to have a personal relation- Pikeville College and Morehead State University (MSU)the soccer field, Smith, who’s majoring ship with your teachers that you justin English and art, serves as captain of don’t get anywhere else,” said Smith. will collaborate to offer what has been referred to as thethe academic team and as president “I’m also fortunate to have earned “model Teacher Leader (TL) master’s program for Ken-of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor scholarships and received grants and tucky.” The program focuses on education and leadership,society. other financial aid. It makes a differ- both of which will enhance the classroom experience, ad- ence and takes the pressure off so you vance student learning and develop leadership potential.An all-around student, Smith says the can focus on academics, athletics anddiscipline he’s learned as an athlete has campus life.” Aspiring teacher leaders will register as MSU students, butgone a long way in helping him be pre- attend classes at the Pikeville College campus and online.pared for classes. It has also given him Students will be involved in field-based work in each of the core courses and will be able to choose from three areas of specialization, including reading/writing (with an option to pursue the national board certification), Interdisciplinary P-5, and middle grades.34 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Pikeville College has deep roots and Since its inception in 1997, the Pikeville College School of President a proud heritage. It was founded in Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM) has been making a positive 1889 by Presbyterians with a mis- impact on health care in our region. PCSOM was recognized sion of providing the best possible as one of the top 20 medical schools in the nation in rural educational opportunities to the medicine and this year was ranked fifth in the percentage ofLetter from the people of the Central Appalachian graduates going into primary care residencies by U.S. News Mountains. As a small liberal arts & World Report. This fall, we are embarking on a vital $25 college, our size makes us unique million dollar expansion project that will greatly enhance the in a world where big is almost excellent medical education our student-doctors receive and always equated with good. Our allow us to expand the current class size from 75 to 125 stu- small campus and student body dents, increasing the total medical school enrollment from allow us to give individual attention to every student. 300 to 500. Today, we are a much different institution than our founders Beyond the classroom, we encourage our students to get in- established 122 years ago, but the classroom is still the heart volved in order to develop their leadership, networking and and soul of that tradition. Our commitment to students re- cultural diversity skills because that’s what the real world re- mains strong and we are focused on developing programs to quires. For the first time in our history, Greek life will be a part meet the needs of the region. of the campus. An intensive new mentoring program prom- ises to make the transition to college easier for our freshman In the undergraduate college, we offer 23 baccalaureate de- class. gree programs and three associate degree programs. Pikeville College and Morehead State University have come together This fall, we will welcome the largest freshman class in the to offer what has been referred to as the “model Teacher history of the institution. It is a blessing that so many recog- Leader master’s program for Kentucky.” Aspiring teacher nize the great value that Pikeville College offers. Our momen- leaders will register as MSU students, but attend classes at tum is building and this promises to be an exciting year. the Pikeville College campus and online. Paul E. Patton Achievement with Resources for Success,” or B.E.A.R.S., that was designed to enhance the overall student experience. Led by volunteers from the faculty and staff, the B.E.A.R.S. pro- gram provides participating students with a mentor or friend, as someone they can look to for encouragement and support. Mentors provide assistance in obtaining tutoring ser- vices, counseling and many other campus resources. More than 170 students and 50 faculty and staff participated in the program in the first year. For the first time in Pikeville College’s his- tory, Greek life will be a part of the student experience. Students formed two fraternities last spring, Delta Alpha Lambda and Gamma Sigma Chi, and two sororities Delta Delta Nu and Zeta Omega Chi. With the renova- tion of two floors in Wickham Hall, the Greek organizations will have their own piece of real estate on campus, including renovated residence hall suites, spacious common ar-For the second year in a row, Pikeville College mer and are sponsored by both private fund- eas and updated amenities throughout eachhosted the Regional Science Olympiad for ing and the East Kentucky Gear-Up program. floor.nearly 300 middle and high school studentsin the region. More than 50 volunteers and Student Supporteducators assisted with the competition. Thecollege’s EQT Math and Science Day Camps Pikeville College introduced an intensiveserve 200 middle school students each sum- mentoring program, “Building Extraordinary Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 35
    • Springfield, Kentucky Founded 1931 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities William D. Huston Fall 2009 Enrollment 851 sccky.eduSaint Catharine College Academics In the 2009-2010 academic year, a Bachelor Degree in Biology was added to the rapidly growing list of Baccalaureate offerings. Also started last year was an increasingly popular program, the RN to BSN which affords registered nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Additional Bachelor De- grees this academic year are in English and Fine Arts. Student Support Due to increased academic scholarships and new athletic pro- grams, institutional financial aid for St. Catharine students has increased by 100 percent over the last two years. This has been Owsley County native making the most a big factor in the double digit increase in enrollment in each of of opportunities at St. Catharine the last three years. Everyone at “My high school baseball coach got in St. Catha- touch with Coach Bramblett (St. Cath- That enrollment increase has also been made possible by an am- rine College arine head coach) and I ended up get- bitious retention effort campus-wide. Retention for first-time, knows Jere- ting scholarship money,” Jeremy said. full time students has increased by 15 percent in the last three my Pierson. “But even with that, I didn’t know if I years, largely due to the Center for Student Support Services. This The affable would be able to go to a private school. center has an “early alert” policy through which faculty can iden- young man My family doesn’t have much money tify students dealing with academic issues. Even more important from Ows- and other schools were cheaper.” is the “intervention advising” which requires students on proba- ley County tion to meet weekly with the staff in the Center for Student Sup- seems to But things came together for Jeremy. be present He received KEES money for his excel- port Services.at every function and event held on lent high school grades, more athleticcampus. The bit of irony in his omni- aid to play JV basketball at St. Catha- Community Partnershipspresence is that it was unlikely that rine, an AIKCU scholarship sponsoredthe junior would be seen on any col- by UPS, a work-study position as well Over a decade ago St. Catharine College established a niche inlege campus following his high school as other state and federal grants. the area of Health Sciences. That has now grown to an affiliationgraduation in 2008. with 44 hospitals and clinics in which students are placed for It would be understated to say that their clinicals.Although his academic record was Jeremy has made the most of his col-good throughout high school, and his lege opportunity. He finished his fresh- Recently a partnership was formed with the Springfield Campustalent in baseball and basketball was man year with a 4.0 GPA and will take of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College that officiallyabove average, nobody in his fam- a 3.7 average into his junior year. His opened May 6. In this partnership St. Catharine College instruc-ily had ever attended college and he plans are to obtain a teaching degreecould have easily followed that same and return to Owsley County where tors will teach liberal arts classes at the KCTCS campus.non-academic path. he also wants to coach basketball and baseball. Another significant partnership entered into recently is the agree- ment between St. Catharine College and the City of Lebanon which resulted in the establishment of an Education Center in Centre Square in Lebanon. Centre Square, a former public school building in Lebanon, has undergone a brilliant facelift which in-36 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • The 2009-2010 academic year parallels the expansion in our facilities and infrastructure. Since President was another year of growth at St. our first bachelor degrees were granted in 2005, we have grown Catharine College. This year, how- to 14 bachelor degree programs with 21 specialty areas. New ever, the growth wasn’t as visible this academic year are bachelor of arts degrees in English and in terms of new construction proj- fine arts.Letter from the ects, but instead a year of growth in academic programs, student enroll- Our successes are only made possible through the continued ment, faculty/staff recruitment and support of our donors and friends. In my 14 year tenure, much athletic offerings. of that support has come from our local region. Such support was evidenced this summer when a milestone agreement was But while the growth wasn’t de- reached with the city of Lebanon where we will establish an tectable on the visual landscape as in years past, the plans Education Center in the beautifully renovated Centre Square. laid down during the last few months provide for growth at St. Catharine that will be noticed far beyond our picturesque We welcome input from all of our neighbors and supporters campus. Vision 2025 calls for an investment of $150 million in such as we recently received when conducting regional forums capital improvements over the next 15 years that will increase in our local communities. The suggestions provided at these fo- our capacity to serve over 2,000 full time students. rums will be the basis for our next strategic plan that will guide us from 2011 through 2015. Vision 2025 is already underway with the construction of our new 100 bed residence hall scheduled to open for the fall 2011 All of these contributions, whether monetary, in-kind or through semester. That is the initial project in the 15 year plan that will dialogue allow St. Catharine College to provide a quality educa- also include six more residence halls, a library, a chapel, an ad- tion to many students in central Kentucky, many of which are ditional science building, a convocation center and new athletic first generation college students. We take pride in affording this facilities. opportunity to our students and we look forward to the next 15 years as those opportunities will only become greater. While the bricks and mortar continue to grab the headlines, the even bigger story is the growth in academic offerings that Bill Huston This not only allows our students to solidify their decision on entering the education profession but it also helps them build relationships with school administrators that has often led to employment opportunities. In addition, the St. Catharine College RTL³ read- ing program (Read to Learn, Read to Lead, Read to Live) has established valuable partnerships with many elementary and middle schools in the region. Those relationships were accentuated recently by collaboration in the Big Read proj- ect that called for a common reading experience among the schools. Increasing efficiencies and controlling costs A new initiative started this summer is an $850,000 investment toward making the “physi- cal plant” at St. Catharine College more energy ef- ficient. After an energy-audit, steps are currently underway to make the heating and cooling of buildings on campus more efficient to the pointcludes a beautiful auditorium. In addition to St. stitutions is with our Teacher Education Program. where the initial investment will be recouped inCatharine College hosting many cultural events in Instead of the traditional approach that sends 12 years. Additional energy and financial savingsthe auditorium, other parts of the facility will be teacher education students to student teach at are anticipated from two new information tech-used for academic and enrichment classes. the end of their college career, the Field-Based nology initiatives: the centralization of copying Educator Preparation (FEP) program at St. Cath- services and the nightly shut down of lab com-The most noticeable partnership that is ongo- arine sends students into the K-12 classrooms puters.ing between St. Catharine College and K-12 in- during the first semester of their freshman year. Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 37
    • Louisville, Kentucky Founded 1814 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Tori Murden McClure Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,653 (1,178 Undergraduate) spalding.eduSpalding University Academics In the first year of Spalding’s new Master of Arts in School Guid- ance Counseling program, 45 students have enrolled in the 33- credit hour, five-semester program that prepares candidates to fill the shortage of guidance counselors at the elementary and high school levels in the region. Students have a choice of two se- mester lengths, a traditional 14-week or an accelerated 6-week session. Spalding University admitted its inaugural class of 25 students in the fall of 2009 to its new Master of Arts in Applied Behav- ior Analysis program. The program curriculum and practicum components are approved by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), the national body that certifies professional be- havior analysts. A growing field in human services, applied be- From Sudan to Spalding, Abraham Deng havior analysis (ABA) is an evidence-based discipline founded on is driven to excel the experimental analysis of behavior. Behavioral services are de- livered to a range of clients, including those on the Autism spec- Spalding Uni- According to cross-country coach trum, the developmentally disabled, and those with traumatic versity stu- Kevin Alessandro, Deng “has really ex- brain injuries, dementias, and other neurological disorders. dent-athlete celled” at Spalding. With the univer- Abram Deng sity’s high-altitude training program This year the School of Communication approved an undergrad- has known and six-week session format, Deng has uate minor in emerging media. Students will learn to maneuver the rewards of found a place where he can stand out new and evolving technologies by studying social media, politics perseverance not only as an athlete, but also as an A and marketing. far before he and B student. began to run Established in 1933, Spalding has the oldest collegiate-based cross-country. “Running is the reinforcement that nursing program in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Spalding’sBorn in 1991 in Khartoum, Sudan, makes me want to do better in class,” RN to BSN is designed for individuals who already hold an as-Deng was born into a country known says Deng. “It helps me to get back sociate degree in nursing (ADN) and are currently licensed tofor its relentless civil wars. Deng and to where I want to be.” And Deng has practice nursing. The student will receive transfer credit and musthis family understood that sacrifices the drive to get to where he wants to complete an additional 28 hours of nursing coursework offered inneeded to be made in order to keep be…as a student, an athlete and future the accelerated format of six-week sessions using Blackboard astheir family together and safe. business owner—a career he hopes to the delivery system. This low intensity format, in which all nurs- build in America and then take back to ing credits may be completed in one year’s time, allows studentsIn 1996, Deng, his mother and two Sudan. to commute from the region, and to balance work and familysisters sought refuge in Egypt, whileDeng’s father traveled to the United “I have no doubt in Abram’s success,” responsibilities with schoolwork.States to make arrangements for his says Alessandro. “He is one of my mostfamily’s journey to America. With the coachable athletes, and his grades re- Spalding’s College of Education redesigned its Master’s in Prin-help of Catholic Charities, Deng and flect his ability to stay focused and cipal Preparation program to respond to the changing role ofhis family traveled safely to the United keep his goals in mind.” principals in K-12 schools. The new program, recently the firstStates in 1999, briefly living in New program in principal preparation in the state approved by theYork before moving to Louisville, Ky. “[My early struggles] have made it eas- Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, focuses on de- ier for me to adapt,” Deng says. “Since veloping principals as instructional leaders and prepares studentsAlthough Abram plans to return to I’ve been through so many different for all facets of the principal’s role with coursework integratedSudan one day to reunite with his ex- changes, smaller changes don’t seem with real world applications.tended family, he considers America to as major to me.”be his home—the place he has madethe most memories and friends.38 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • On behalf of the students, faculty elor’s of science in nursing degree while maintaining current President and staff of the Spalding University employment as well as personal and family responsibilities. community, I bring you greetings. In 2009, the Spalding community con- At Spalding, we support each student to meet their educationalLetter from the cluded the final year of a five-year goals through expanded student life and academic support ser- strategic plan. Throughout the last vices. One of the goals of the university is to see students excel five years, the Spalding community and graduate from their academic programs, but we also hope has truly redefined all that is pos- to instill a desire to be a community leader in each alumna sible and continues to set higher ex- and alumnus of Spalding. This sense of caring, collaboration pectations and more daring goals. and impulse to “give back” often leads students to explore new horizons of academics, volunteerism and leadership. We have We remain equally focused on undergraduate traditional-aged an institutional partnership with a local elementary school, and students and adult learners as well as graduate students, and both the College of Education and the School of Social Work the academic additions implemented in the 2009-2010 aca- have built innovative collaborations with between our students demic year reflect our commitment. The College of Social Sci- and faculty and theirs to further the learning of everyone in- ences and Humanities launched a master’s degree with board volved. certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis. The College of Busi- ness and Communication added a social media track within the In the next year, as I fulfill my first year at the 28th president of bachelor’s of science in communication program. The College Spalding, I will further the momentum for growth and academ- of Education enrolled 45 students in the first year of the mas- ic excellence built over the last decade. I look forward to further ter’s of arts in school guidance counseling program, and the acquainting individuals to Spalding’s mission, encouraging and college also was the first in Kentucky to receive approval from supporting faculty leaders to develop new programs, and being the state’s Education and Professional Standards Board for our attentive to the maintenance of our key campus facilities. re-designed Principal Preparation Program. Finally, our School of Nursing started a “R.N. to B.S.N.” degree program allowing Sincerely, students with associate’s degrees in nursing to pursue a bach- Tori Murden McClure, M.Div., J.D., M.F.A. needs. In an effort to continue offering educa- tion that’s convenient and affordable for adults, many of whom are working and/or raising fami- lies, Spalding has improved its support services. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) now offers student services in the evenings, on weekends and by appointment. The Adult Accelerated Pro- gram (AAP) also offers a new-student orientation each session for adult students to become better acquainted with available services and technical support. Community Involvement Spalding has an institutional partnership with Louisville’s Maupin Elementary School with both the College of Education and School of Social Work creating collaborative programs with the public school. The College of Education partnered with Maupin to offer an after-school program led by Spalding faculty volunteers. Also, Spalding pre- service teachers gained high quality field experi- ence teaching in “Teaching and Learning” class- rooms at Maupin. Fifth-graders at Maupin began to think about higher-education and made a day- long college visit to Spalding’s campus, where the youth met with various members of the faculty.Supporting Students ment. The second program, SPARK, Spalding Aca- The School of Social Work offering its students’ demic Recovery Kick start, is a support program undergraduate courses on-site at Maupin, andSpalding’s Academic Resource Center launched for students on academic probation. Students are students applied their course content to fieldtwo programs in 2009-10 to assist students in enrolled after the spring or fall semesters and are work by providing services to the families ofacademic jeopardy. CARE is a program for con- aided to progress toward good academic standing Maupin’s students. The School of Social Work pi-ditionally-admitted students who are required within one semester. Individualized plans for re- loted the Success Project, which hosted informa-to participate in academic coaching in their first covery are created to meet each student’s needs. tion sessions to help parents navigate the educa-semester as students. Each student’s CARE plan tional system better and facilitate their children’sis individually tailored to address the skills and For more than 30 years Spalding has been com- transition to middle school.areas most beneficial to their academic improve- mitted to its adult learners and their unique Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 39
    • Crestview Hills, Kentucky Founded 1921 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Sr. Margaret Stallmeyer Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,858 (1,707 undergraduate) thomasmore.eduThomas More College Academics For the 2010-11 academic year, Thomas More College will offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Healthcare Management for working adults. In addition, the College is also working toward offering a Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) with a focus in instructional technology in the 2011-12 academic year. Thomas More also shows continued success with recent new programs, such as the Master of Arts in Teaching, which ushered in its fourth and largest cohort during the 2010-11 academic year. Other growing programs include Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Environmental Science and Forensic Science. The college continues to grow its adult population. Roughly half of the 2010 graduates were adult students who were enrolled in Scholarships, grants, and work study help the Thomas More College Accelerated Program (TAP). The pro- small college dream come true gram is flexible and is taught in an accelerated, one night per week format. Students may earn an associate’s degree in man- Anna Den- smaller. So, I was thrilled to receive agement, a bachelor’s degree in business administration or a nemann’s a financial aid package at Thomas master’s of business administration degree. Students can take dream of at- More that enabled me to go there. courses either at Thomas More or at the satellite campus in Blue tending a The smaller class sizes really fa- Ash, Ohio. small liberal cilitated the kind of learning atmo- arts college sphere I was looking for -- one where To better serve the needs of its adult students, the College in- seemed far your professors know you by name troduced the Center for Adult and Professional Education (CAPE) away when and you’re not just a number,” she this year. This new 6,000 square foot building located on the she was a se- explained. main campus brings the student services components for adultnior in high school. Although she was students into one convenient location. Students can meet withon her way to graduating third in her At one point during her four years an enrollment counselor, academic advisor, financial aid and ac-high school class, she wasn’t sure her at Thomas More, Anna worked three counting specialists all under one roof.family could afford the tuition of an part-time jobs, in addition to hold-independent college. That dream, ing down a full class load. One ofhowever, came true with the help of those jobs was as a work study stu- Thomas More recently relocated and updated its tutoring centerscholarships, work study programs dent in the Admissions Office, where with increased space, testing rooms and conference room to al-and a financial aid package that al- she conducted tours for prospective low students easier access and a more comfortable environmentlowed her to graduate from Thomas students, many of whom also shared in which to study, prepare for and take tests.More College in 2010 with a degree her dream of affording the kind ofin biology and aspirations to enter college experience she was so appre- Community and K-12 Partnershipsthe medical field. ciative to receive. “I loved the small community feel at Thomas More, Thomas More College is committed to offering outreach and“My mother is a single mom and and am so thankful for the financial mentoring programs to inner city students in Northern Kentucky.we needed help to be able to afford aid that enabled me to attend the Through the B.E.S.T. (Business Education Success Teams) partner-college. I had settled on the idea of kind of school that was the best fit ship with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, staffgoing to a bigger school where the for me,” Ann said. and faculty worked to motivate inner-city elementary studentstuition was lower, even though my to develop ambitions for college. Science outreach program andambitions were to study somewhere STEM camps are offered through field experiences at the Thomas More College Center for Ohio River Research and Education (also known as the Biology Field Station). Participants learn about the40 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • The 2009-2010 academic year of- ing Program. Many others volunteered to build houses for Habitat President fered many reasons to celebrate here for Humanity, serve meals to the homeless, assist underprivileged at Thomas More College. In May, we children, prepare tax returns for low-income individuals, visit with honored the accomplishments of 354 elderly patients, mentor school children and tutor peers. The will- graduates. The class of 2010 included ingness and enthusiasm our students have exhibited to help othersLetter from the individuals who balanced demanding and make a difference in the world is truly amazing. course loads with jobs, entrepreneur- ial endeavors, volunteer commitments Our staff and students have participated in a variety of partnerships and family, while maintaining high to foster the dreams and ambitions of area youth. The College con- GPAs. Our outgoing seniors made tinues its extensive outreach to primary and secondary institutions impressive scores on the Measure of through new initiatives and long-standing partnerships, including Academic Proficiency and Progress test, with 24 of them scoring B.E.S.T. (Business Education Success Teams). above the 90th percentile in their areas of study. Our student-athletes represented the college well both in the class- I’m proud to say this is the fourth year straight that Thomas More room and on the fields and courts. One was honored as the nation- College has experienced a growth in enrollment, both in our tra- wide 2009-2010 College Division ESPN The Magazine Academic ditional student and adult populations. In addition, our resident All-America Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. In addition to seven student population is at an all-time high. Nursing, education and conference championships and several coach of the year awards, business administration are our three largest majors. Thomas More was also recognized for excellence in sportsmanship, once again demonstrating our commitment to going beyond the We recently announced the addition of a Bachelor of Business Ad- scoreboards in measuring success. ministration in Healthcare Management. That, combined with the success of our Master of Arts in Teaching and other growing pro- With a continued focus on helping our students develop the skills grams, offers students more opportunities to develop skills crucial that will carry them through their whole life, we look forward to to Kentucky’s future. embracing new opportunities to prepare them to continue to grow and contribute to the community. Our service learning projects continue to make an impact both locally and around the globe. Students recently worked with chil- Sr. Margaret Stallymeyer, C.D.P. dren in Northwestern Jamaica through the Jamaica Service Learn- to the educational goals of Vision 2015, the re- gional visioning process. College and K-12 educa- tors regularly interface and collaborate on issues related to curriculum, statewide education policy, advocacy and creating partnerships with business and the community. In addition, the College remains engaged with Tri- Ed, the local economic development group. The goal of Tri-Ed is to attract new businesses and re- tain current businesses in the Northern Kentucky Community. The College supports the goals of Tri-Ed by creating an educated workforce. Thomas More is also gaining momentum with its Center for Healthcare and Healthcare Management, de- voted to the specific economic development as- pects of healthcare in Northern Kentucky. Supporting Students The College recently announced its participa- tion in the Post-9/11 Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbonresearch occurring at the river station, and K-12 the College is a partner with area high schools Program, which ensures that an eligible militarystudents and their teachers interface with Thom- and other post-secondary institutions in a Toyo- student incurs no out-of-pocket tuition expens-as More Faculty and students, as well as those ta USA foundation grant that encourages STEM es while enrolled at Thomas More. (For veteransfrom other colleges and universities utilizing the partnerships. not eligible for post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon benefits,station for research. a $2,000 scholarship is offered.) In conjunction Community and Economic Development with that program, a Veterans’ Services OfficeThomas More continues to offer extensive dual was created that includes a dedicated individualcredit relationships through the Gemini Program, Thomas More is a founding member and leader in who provides counseling and information to thewhich allows talented high school seniors the op- the Northern Kentucky Council of Partners, now students, in addition to developing programmingportunity to earn college credit either at Thomas the Northern Kentucky Education Council. The specifically to the needs of veterans.More or at their high school campus. In addition, group serves as the regional P-20 council, devoted Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 41
    • Lexington, Kentucky Founded 1780 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities R. Owen Williams Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,089 transy.eduTransylvania University New Leadership After a 27-year tenure as president and an impressive number of accomplishments at Transylvania University, Dr. Charles L. Shearer announced his retirement in October 2009, and his last day was July 31, 2010. The Board of Trustees named Dr. R. Owen Williams Tran- sylvania’s 25th president in April 2010, after conducting a national search, and he assumed the office August 1. Williams, 58, earned an A.B. in philosophy from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in intellectual history from Cambridge University, a master’s of law from Yale Law School, and aTransy grad taking trumpet to Princeton to pursue Ph.D. in history, specializing in nineteenth-century Ameri- Ph.D. in computer science can history, from Yale University. He spent 24 years on Wall presented a paper on that research Street as director of the government bond department at at the International Symposium on Salomon Brothers, executive director at Goldman Sachs, Implementation and Application and chairman of Bear Stearns Asia. He spent more than a of Functional Languages in New year living and working in Tokyo and three years living and Jersey. Now he is headed to Princ- working in Hong Kong. eton University to pursue a Ph.D. in computer science. A decade ago, Williams returned to his first love, the acad- “Since my sophomore year, I have emy, to prepare himself for a career in academic admin- been involved in research,” said istration by studying history and law at Yale University. Monsanto. “In summer 2009, I was Since then he has held a number of distinguished fellow- the only undergraduate to present ships and been an effective fund-raiser for Dartmouth and a paper at the International Sym- other non-profit organizations. posium on Implementation andChris Monsanto ‘10 is taking his Application of Functional Languag- Academicstrumpet with him to Princeton. es. Without my scholarship fromWhile at Transylvania majoring in Transylvania, I would have had tocomputer science and minoring Transylvania’s number of majors now stands at 38, after sacrifice my research to work ad- the recent additions of educational studies, writing, rhet-in music, one of Chris’s professors ditional jobs to pay for my educa-suggested he spend his summers oric, and communication, and German studies. Students tion. With the scholarship, I wasdoing research at Auburn Univer- also have the option to work with faculty members, the able to devote the time needed tosity and DePauw University. He concentrate on my academics.” dean, and the registrar to design a major that fits their specific academic and career interests. The newly created pre-orientation program for first-year students, QuickStart for Academic Success, is a three-day program designed to provide first-year students with the information, skills, and resources they need to be success- ful in their first year of college. QuickStart participants will42 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Transylvania University, Kentucky’s fied that our building’s annual energy performance rates in the President first college, observed its 230th top 25 percent nationwide. anniversary in 2010. The university continued in its strong liberal arts Also related to sustainability is our Community Garden, an or- tradition by graduating an accom- ganic garden initially created by a chemistry professor and anLetter from the plished class of 240 members from English professor and open to participation by the entire Tran- an enrollment of nearly 1,100, sylvania community. The project focuses on the social, cultural, which is close to our all-time high and physical benefits of gardening and is integrated into the cur- and indicative of Transylvania’s riculum through a May term course. overall health and vigor. Every student at Transylvania is benefiting from another accom- Among the highlights of the past plishment last year, the opening of four beautifully renovated year at Transylvania is the consid- and equipped laboratories in Brown Science Center. Since every erable progress we made in our sustainability initiatives. One student must complete a laboratory science course to graduate, result of a grant we received from the Jesse Ball duPont Fund the state-of-the-art facilities are universally appreciated. This was funding for a new sustainability coordinator, who is creat- major renovation project also supports our sustainability profile ing a sustainability master plan. We have conducted an energy because of its energy-saving design. benchmark study and hired a company to evaluate our buildings and recommend energy conservation measures. Through these Finally, one of the more significant events at Transylvania last efforts, Transylvania is lessening its impact on the environment year was the retirement from the presidency by Charles L. Shear- while saving the university money that we are then applying to er after 27 years of distinguished service, the longest such tenure our academic and student life programs. in the history of Kentucky’s oldest college. His service was an inspiration to us all. As I begin my first year in office, I am deeply An indication of what can be accomplished in this area came honored to follow in the footsteps of someone who has made last fall when Transylvania received word from the Environmen- so many contributions to the cause of higher education in the tal Protection Agency that our new Thomson Residence Hall had Commonwealth. been awarded the agency’s ENERGY STAR rating. This was the first such recognition for a residence hall in Kentucky and certi- R. Owen Williams also partner with Jump Start. These programs are geared to- Transy’s community wards first-year students, giving them an service pre-orien- introduction to Transylvania’s commitment tation programs to to community service as well as introducing give the students them to some of their class mates. Upper- firsthand experience classmen, faculty, and staff serve as leaders with community ser- and organizers of the groups. vice opportunities in Lexington. A commitment to community service at Transylvania is not confined to the week Community ser- before fall term begins. Accounting students vice and involve- offer free income tax preparation assistance ment to those in the community with low to moderate incomes, more than 100 students Transylvania stu- participate in the annual Crimson Christ- dents, faculty, and mas event for children of Big Brothers/Big staff take advantage Sisters of the Bluegrass, and service-learning of numerous op- courses have taken students abroad to the portunities to vol- Philippines and other locations. unteer their services in the Lexington Transylvania students continue to enjoy nu- community and be- merous opportunities for internships and yond. There are sev- shadowships, due to the campus’s proximity eral pre-orientation to downtown Lexington and the city’s sta- community service tus as a regional center for government, law, groups that meet healthcare, education, and business. the week before fall classes begin, includ- ing the First-Year Urban Program and Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 43
    • Barbourville, Kentucky Founded 1879 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Edward de Rosset Fall 2009 Enrollment 1,421 (825 undergraduate) unionky.edu Union College Academics Over the past year, Union completed its effort to launch an RN- to-BSN nursing program and, in August, welcomed the first group of students. The program was designed to respond to a regional need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. In rural Kentucky, ap- proximately 16 percent of nurses hold bachelor’s degrees, well below the state average and the recommended national average. During the college’s needs-assessment process, southeastern Kentucky nurses expressed a strong desire for the program. Na- tionally, research has shown a clear link between the percentage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and lower mortality rates, few- er medication errors, and better health outcomes for patients. Union’s supportive environment helps Sarah Union’s new nursing program is housed within the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, which also includes the athletic Dunaway make the most of college experience training major. When Sarah “I have had the opportunity to travel Dunaway came to Philadelphia and Washington, DC. to Union from I watched a musical at the Kimmel Union is dedicated to meeting the needs of adult learners in the Annville, Ky., Center in Philadelphia, which I prob- region, at its main campus in Barbourville, where 17 percent of she seemed de- ably would never have done if it hadn’t undergraduate students are non-traditional, and through its on- termined to get been for Student Support Services. I line and London locations. At its Union College London Center everything she have traveled to Charleston, Knoxville, (UCLC), Union serves community college graduates and others could from her Asheville, and numerous other places who want to complete a bachelor’s degree. UCLC caters to the college experi- through the Honors Community.” ence. busy adult learner through convenient schedules, a learning envi- Yet, Sarah’s journey hasn’t stopped ronment designed for non-traditional students, and a faculty andA high-achieving student with a history there. She joined Union’s Student Am- staff sensitive to their unique needs.of service and leadership, Sarah was ac- bassadors and became a peer mentorcepted into Union’s Honors Commu- and tutor to help other students in the Union’s recent addition of an all-online master’s degree in psy-nity and the Bonner Scholars program. SSS program. She has lead and createdThe institutional aid and scholarships several service projects, including col- chology adds another layer to a variety of academic programsoffered through both programs offset laborations between campus and com- designed primarily for adult learners. The college’s graduate pro-Sarah’s financial need while nurturing munity to increase recycling efforts gram, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, has grown byher intellectual ability and sense of so- and to stage a 40th anniversary Earth over 140 percent in the past nine years. Education remains thecial justice. Her participation in the Stu- Day celebration. flagship program, serving over 600 regional teachers each yeardent Support Services (SSS) program, through a range of degrees offered both online and in classroomdesigned to increase retention among “College is what you make of it,” saysfirst-generation and low-income stu- Sarah. “When I enrolled at Union, I knew settings. Four master’s degrees and a professional certificatedents, rounds-out a full schedule for that I was going to take advantage of program are offered in psychology.the business and marketing major. every opportunity that was thrown my way. The small campus encourages me Supporting StudentsWhile maintaining a near-perfect to be involved. I know that if I had gonegrade-point average, Sarah travels to a larger university, I would have felt Over the past few years, Union has seen an increase in the needthroughout the country for service- too intimidated to participate in thelearning trips, academic conferences, activities that I freely enjoy at Union.” for financial aid among students and families. Last year, theand enrichment experiences. college funded $5 million in institutional aid to students. This August, Union announced another increase in aid and support44 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • This is an eventful time for the attention, resources, and expertise of faculty, staff, administra- President Union College community and those tion, and consultants. We are on the best and broadest footing in we serve. recent history after engaging the challenging coincidence of mul- tiple and simultaneous accreditation tracks. On August 2, Union This fall, we welcomed our first was reaccredited by the EPSB for all programs. The social workLetter from the students to the new RN-to-BSN program’s bid for accreditation is ahead of schedule. We enter program within the Department of the next season of SACS accreditation well prepared. Nursing and Health Sciences. The nursing program is the most recent Finally, this is a season of inquiry, reflection, and planning. In Oc- of several new academic programs, tober, Union’s Board of Trustees began a strategic planning pro- including the online master’s in psy- cess. Together with a strong mix of faculty, staff, students, and chology and a social work major. We continually explore new alumni, the board is working toward a comprehensive plan that programs, always with an eye to regional need, student interest, will guide the college through the next 10 years. Throughout all and compatibility with Union’s educational mission. the related committee work, it has become clear that the energy and imagination brought to the table rivals that experienced at The economy continues to challenge students, their families, any other point in the college’s history. We are on the verge of and institutions of higher education. We have weathered the new and good things. storm thus far, increasing institutional aid to students while ever watchful for new opportunities. Two such opportunities came Union is among those Kentucky colleges whose graduates, to a to fruition in late summer, when Union learned it would receive very large extent, tend to remain in Kentucky and serve as lead- just under $2 million in grants from two federal agencies to fund ers and professionals. These graduates and all those Union serves scholarship and student support services. Grants such as these, benefit from our relationship with AIKCU, our sister institutions, institutional aid, and scholarships, coupled with federal and state and local and state government as we work together to ensure student aid and a reasonable tuition (Union’s is 32 percent lower that higher education remains affordable and accessible for all than the national average), bring a private college education well Kentuckians. within reach for the students we serve. Edward D. de Rosset Accreditation is an ongoing issue for all colleges, and requires the tion will help streamline and add support services for this and the entire Union student population. Community Partnerships and Facilities Improvements Through a partnership with county government, Union College continued the rehabilitation ef- fort of a long vacant hospital building adjacent to the college’s campus and within easy sight of visitors to the town of Barbourville. Both Union College and county officials recognized the eco- nomic development benefits to both campus and community, and entered into a mutual agreement to repurpose the facility as the home of Union’s new Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. When complete, the building will house class- rooms, academic offices, residential spaces, and meeting rooms for use by both campus and com- munity.services made possible by $2 million in grants. A services geared toward first-generation and low- The hospital project complements other recentNational Science Foundation grant provides over income students, the majority of whom are Ken- efforts by Union to reclaim its older structures. In$480,000 for scholarship funds, other student fi- tucky residents. February, the college held a re-opening ceremonynancial support, and increased retention efforts for the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Gymna-for southeastern Kentucky students who excel As a result of a strategic planning process imple- sium. The nationally-registered historic buildingacademically, demonstrate financial need, and mented in October, Union will add a full-time re- now features a wellness center with cardio andwant to major in math or science disciplines. A tention position to complement existing student weight-lifting equipment and a level dedicated togrant from the Department of Education provides support services. Just over 50 percent of the col- intramural activities.$1.5 million over five years for retention-oriented lege’s students are first-generation. The new posi- Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 45
    • Williamsburg, Kentucky Founded 1889 Association of Independent President Kentucky Colleges and Universities Dr. James H. Taylor Fall 2009 Enrollment 2,955 (1,760 Undergraduate) ucumberlands.eduUniversity of the Cumberlands Academics and Facilities From its founding in 1888, University of the Cumberlands has recognized that the success of Appalachia is inexorably con- nected to the educational opportunities offered to its young people. Cumberlands continues to strive to meet those chang- ing needs by adapting and expanding its educational horizons. Today, Cumberlands’ academic programs include not only a traditional liberal arts curriculum but also new programs such as the new undergraduate degree in criminal justice and the graduate program in Physician Assistant Studies. Recent years have brought new facilities and new programs to Cumberlands. The 2009-10 academic year was the first Twins thrive at Cumberlands full year for classes in the Ward and Regina Science Complex, which houses the biology, math and physics and chemistry Scholar, he works in the chemistry depart- departments. Correll is a state-of-the-art teaching facility. ment. Twenty-nine percent of Cumberlands’ students pursue stud- ies in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering Modest about their own academic achieve- ments, the brothers readily admit they were or math, compared to a national average of 5-6 percent. The once quite competitive. Now, each obviously new science complex was created to meet the needs of those appreciates the individuality and accom- students. plishments of the other. Also within the Correll building, the Terry and Marion Forcht These sons of a human resources special- Medical Wing is home to Cumberlands’ new Master of Phy-Whitley Countians Kyle and Clint Creekmore ist, who also attended Cumberlands, and acomprise one of ten sets of twins who ma- sician Assistant Studies program (MPAS). As the shortage of mechanic, are pleased with the campus. “Itriculated at University of the Cumberlands like how personal all the professors are,” said physicians in the Appalachian region becomes more acute, thein 2007. They are able to attend thanks to Kyle, and Clint responded, “I enjoy the small- need for health professionals to fill the gap becomes moremultiple scholarships. Rising seniors, these town atmosphere here.” pressing, so Cumberlands developed its MPAS program to helpPresidential Scholars maintain 4.0 GPA’s and meet that need. In January 2010, the inaugural cohort of 28are part of the 29% of Cumberlands’ student While dedicated to academics, they are ac- MPAS students began studies. The curriculum is designed tobody who study science, technology, engi- tive in their individual departmental orga-neering or math, the STEM disciplines. prepare clinicians to work in medically underserved areas. nizations, where they hold leadership roles. They enjoy intramural sports, and Kyle is aKyle, with a double major in business admin- runner. Off campus, each plays several in- As online education has evolved and the issue of physical ac-istration/ information systems and math, struments in separate local musical groups cess to a college or university has lost importance, more in-plans to work in information technology, that perform at churches and community dividuals have access to a college education than ever before.and Clint, a chemistry and biology major, events. Keeping abreast of this movement, Cumberlands has offeredplans to become a pharmacist. Both are its graduate education programs online for the past two years.KEES recipients, and as sophomores, both re- Although sharing much in common, theceived Alden Scholarships. They are the two Creekmores recognize that they have differ- With the 2010-11 academic year, the MBA program, whichrecipients of the H.N. and Frances Berger ent talents, dreams and goals. Each believes began in 2008, and the new Master of Arts in Christian StudiesFoundation Endowed Scholarships for 2010- he made the best possible educational choice (MACS) will join those programs as 100 percent online. An-11. Clint, a Ledford Research Award winner, by coming to University of the Cumberlands, other of Cumberlands’ newest programs, its Ed.D., continuesalso received a STEM Scholarship from the where his talents are recognized, his efforts with blended online and on campus classes. The new Master ofNational Science Foundation. As a Hearst rewarded and his dreams can be realized. Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPS) program began in fall46 Learn More. Visit aikcu.org.
    • Located at exit 11, just off I-75, is one head to the heart. Sixty five percent of our graduates have been President of America’s unique institutions with returning to Appalachia to serve and to improve the overall socio- its steeples of excellence sweeping up economic situation, and this is remarkable considering other, more to the heavens. Out of the mouth of glamorous opportunities available. babes! One night while a preschoolLetter from the child was being driven through cam- Helping Hands: Students are required to either work or partici- pus the child looked at the illumi- pate in community outreach programs to fulfill our mission of nated buildings in the dark night and preparing students for lives of ethical and responsible leadership. exclaimed: “Look, mom, at the castles Students gain practical hands-on experience working with estab- floating in the sky.” Here, you’ll find as- lished service organizations and designing and implementing com- pirations as tall as the mountains sur- munity service projects. Since the program began twelve years ago, rounding this beautiful campus as University of the Cumberlands our students have volunteered 416,524 hours. This equates to 200 looks toward its 122nd year of service. years of community service (40 hour work week) for a total of $2,728,233 (at minimum wage). For two years, the Corporation Today with nearly 3,000 students, University of the Cumberlands, for National and Community Service has recognized Cumberlands’ one of Kentucky’s largest independent institutions, is alive with commitment to others with a place on the President’s Higher Edu- great people and wonderful programs, helping drive the economic cation Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recog- engine in Kentucky and beyond. We like to think of our graduates nition a school can achieve for dedication to community-based as Leader-Servants, recognizing that those who lead best are those service projects. who serve most, thus we are committed to producing graduates with keen minds, warm hearts and helping hands. All the academic programs are continually assessed for quality, content and substance, and we’ll pit our quality of instruction and Keen minds: 29 percent of our students are involved in the hard students against the best. Our institution and its caring concerns sciences with others studying in equally valuable academic areas and demanding expectations are vital to the future of Kentucky such as the liberal arts. and our nation. Warm hearts: On this Baptist affiliated campus, although we Sincerely, enroll students from virtually all faiths and denominations, we Jim Taylor believe the longest distance in the world shouldn’t be from the Mountain Outreach, a student-led construction ministry. This summer, students and volunteers completed three new homes, bringing the total to 135 homes constructed for deserving families in our area. Mountain Outreach students have built dozens of wheelchair ramps, made hundreds of repairs and renovations and provided clothing, household and personal, as well as holiday gift items for thousands of Cumberlands’ neighbors. Cost Savings and Efficiencies While today’s economic situation has affected Cumberlands as it has every institution in Amer- ica, the University is no stranger to stretching a dollar. Many of the cost-saving efforts that have been introduced in other places have long been a way of life at Cumberlands. The policy of not beginning a new project or construction without having funds available has kept the school ahead of the game for many years. One major step that Cumberlands took to control costs in 2009-10 was a salary freeze. While this may have caused some difficulty, the faculty and staff is comprised2009, with its Oxford University affiliation. With Community Outreach of dedicated individuals who realize they workthe Business Online program individuals can com- for a purpose beyond a mere paycheck and thatplete their undergraduate business administration The University continues its community involve- the economy will eventually recover. The Cum-degree with limited on-campus classes. These ment in the recognition that families without the berlands family, as it has always done, will doprograms are designed to allow busy profession- basic necessities of life have little chance of pro- everything possible to ensure that the Universityals to continue their careers as they enhance their ducing academically successful children. There- continues its mission to make a difference in theeducation with little or no commitment to time fore, one of Cumberlands most unique and most region and far beyond the confines of Appalachia.on campus. popular programs for more than 25 years has been Learn More. Visit aikcu.org. 47
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