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2010 AIKCU Annual Report

  1. 1. 2010 Partners for the Commonwealth Annual Report The Association ofIndependent Kentucky Colleges and Universities
  2. 2. The Association of IndependentKentucky Colleges and Universities www.aikcu.org
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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.