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Image 7 of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2010-12-07

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-7- H. Candidates for Degrees (AACR 1 ) Dr. Brockman passed the floor to Ms. Brown, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, for her report. The first action item ofthe committee was AACR 1, which lists candidates for degrees in December 2010. She asked that the president be authorized to confer upon each individual whose name appears on the list of students the degree to which he or she is entitled, upon certification by the university registrar that the individual has satisfactorily completed all requirements for the degree for which application has been made and as approved by the elected faculty ofthe University Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. She further explained that since the University of Kentucky will hold its first December commencement ceremonies immediately following completion of examinations, it is not possible for the university registrar to certify satisfactory completion of requirements prior to the ceremonies for those candidates who complete their requirements in December. The candidates who completed their requirements in August 2010 were approved by the Board of Trustees at an earlier meeting. Thus, graduates at the first December ceremony will include graduates from both August 2010 and December 2010. Ms. Brown moved acceptance of AACR 1. Dr. Sachatello seconded her motion, and it passed without dissent. (See AACR 1 at the end ofthe Minutes.) I. Candidates for Degrees — Bluegrass Community and Technical College {AACR 2) Ms. Brown said that the approvals asked for in AACR 2 will occur only once more according to the 2004 agreement among the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Lexington Community College pursuant to House Joint Resolution 214. The agreement states that LCC students who were or are officially enrolled on or before September 2004 in associate degree programs approved by the UK Board of Trustees and who complete the associate degree program on or before August 31, 2010 shall have their degrees conferred by the UK Board of Trustees. AACR 2 recommends that the president be authorized to confer upon each individual whose name appears on the attached list the degree to which he or she is entitled, upon certification by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board and the University of Kentucky Registrar that the individual has satisfactorily completed all requirements for the degree for which application has been made and as approved by the elected faculty ofthe University Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee ofthe Board of Trustees. She moved approval of AACR 2. Her motion was seconded by Dr. McCorvey and passed with no dissent. (See AACR 2 at the end ofthe Minutes.) Ms. Brown then offered a summary ofthe moming meeting ofthe Academic Affairs Committee, which included an infonnational update by Dr. Diane Snow, endowed professor of Neuroscience, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center. Dr. Snow is the first faculty director of undergraduate research, although research opportunities have been offered for undergraduates for some time. Dr. Snow detailed her goals: to grow and expand the scope and opportunity for undergraduates, to increase student and faculty awareness on campus, to increase the number of faculty members involved, and to bring awareness of what research means to different disciplines on campus. Her challenges are funding and matching appropriate students to appropriate mentors and projects. She is also working on creating a master list of students and