Personnel for FY 06 include: 89 regular faculty positions including 4 endowed professors and 1 endowed chair; 3 research title faculty; 33 bi-weekly staff; 17 professional staff; and 18 other grant-funded staff.
Dean Cibulka also discussed the mission statement of the college. He called attention to two particular sentences. One indicates the importance of creating a culture of reflective practice and inquiry within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Dean Cibulka indicated that the college takes this aspect of its mission very seriously. He also pointed out that the mission statement focuses not only on the research mission of the college, but in addition, the statement stresses the college's land-grant mission. Both are equally important to the faculty. As the college contributes research that expands our knowledge of teaching and learning processes, it will not turn its back on the Commonwealth. Indeed, much of the research conducted by the faculty directly benefits Kentucky's quality of life.
The wide array of academic programs offered by the college is a reflection of its commitment to preparing education professionals who will contribute to the quality of life in the Commonwealth. The college maintains: 13 undergraduate programs leading to initial teacher certification; 2 non-certification undergraduate programs; 6 non-certification graduate programs; 10 graduate programs leading to initial teacher certification; 15 graduate programs leading to advanced teacher certification; 4 graduate programs in school leadership; 5 programs leading to endorsement of existing teaching certificate; and 11 Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs. The 2005 headcount enrollment consisted of 1,701 bachelors, 407 masters, 48 specialists, and 283 doctorate students. Total degrees awarded in 2006 were 743, compared with 497 in 2002. Growth in enrollments and degrees awarded in the college has been achieved without increasing staffing levels, which either have been constant or declining in recent years.
Also noted were the accrediting and program approval agencies for the college which include National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and Council on Rehabilitation Education.
Dean Cibulka shared the following priorities for the College of Education:
Increase national visibility and rankings
Strengthen Research Productivity
Emphasize Outreach and Community Engagement
Enhance Development, and
The Rehabilitation Counseling program ranks sixth internationally for research productivity, while the Educational Psychology program ranks as the nineteenth most productive research program in the country.