University of Kentucky and College Readiness in the Sciences, May 5, 2011

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University of Kentucky and College Readiness in the Sciences, May 5, 2011

  1. 1. College Readiness and the SciencesA Conversation About Transitioning to UK<br />
  2. 2. KY High School Grads in Transition: About UK<br />One of 9 universities in the US to offer studies ranging from agriculture and art to engineering, law, medicine and pharmacy on a single campus<br />Most comprehensive research university in KY<br />Approx. 27,000 students, 70% undergraduate<br />Fall ‘09 = 4,153 incoming first year students mid-50% range ACT composite scores 22-28<br />Outreach efforts in science education include KY P20 Innovation Labs, PIMSER, Farmer Institute<br />
  3. 3. KY High School Grads in Transition: About UK<br />“War on Attrition” resulted in retention rate over 80% for third year in a row <br />Graduation rates still lag <br />Excellence<br />
  4. 4. KY High School Grads in Transition: About UK<br />UK has highest retention/graduation rates of all public universities in KY<br />Half of all students who do not complete their bachelor’s degree at UK leave in their first year<br />Students who enter UK with a STEM major as their goal tend to succeed better overall<br />
  5. 5. KY high school grads in transition: About UK<br />UK students who pass all their classes with a C or above in their first year tend to have:<br />High school GPAs of 3.5 and above<br />AP course credits accepted toward graduation at UK<br />Studied 10+ hours/week during their high school senior year<br />Identified with being a good student<br />Self-reported a “drive to achieve”<br />
  6. 6. KY high school grads in transition: About UK<br />UK Retention Studies Point To Importance of Strong Grades Over All in High School<br />Students with 3.5+ HS GPA and20+ ACT<br />Retention after first year = 80%-90%<br />Graduation within 6 years = 61-75%<br />Students with <3.5 HS GPA or<20 ACT<br />Retention after first year = 61%-70%<br />Graduation within 6 years = 39-49%<br />
  7. 7. KY High School Grads in Transition: About UK<br />Of the 4,111 first year students entering UK in Fall 2009, 31% earned college credit from successful Advanced Placement exams<br />
  8. 8. KY High School Grads in Transition: About UK <br />Some synergies possible:<br />UK’s new Gen Ed courses with common learning outcomes across Intellectual Inquiry area<br />Statewide placement standards in math and literacy<br />Statewide Transfer Gen Ed learning outcomes<br />KDE’s new accountability systems emphasizing college readiness from primary grades up (Individualized Learning Plans)<br />Teacher preparation programs revised<br />KY Core Content Standards in the sciences<br />
  9. 9. KY High School Grads in Transition: About UK <br />UK Service Area counties = 19.5% UK Freshmen<br />
  10. 10. KY High School Grads in Transition: What Are The Big Questions? <br />Why are students in some of the best schools in the state performing below benchmark ACT sciences scores?<br />How can UK sciences faculty do any more than what is already happening in introductory science classrooms?<br />How might we better understand the problems in transition to college, especially to increase degree completion in STEM disciplines?<br />
  11. 11. KY High School Grads in Transition: Mini-Bridge Program, Spring 2011 <br />Carol Hanley, College of Agriculture, ENRI and TFISE<br />with<br />Mark Coyne, Plant & Soil Sciences<br />Seth DeBolt, Horticulture<br />Jim Krupa, Biology<br />Rebecca McCulley, Plant & Soil Sciences<br />Stephen Testa, Chemistry<br />

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