The impact of UK's land grant mission and outreach is one that is difficult to measure. "The Commonwealth Collaboratives" will try to put measures there. UK will be approaching outreach differently from any university in America in an effort to figure out how to measure and gauge outreach to make sure UK is making progress.
Attaining Top 20 status is a process and is not an end in itself. Some people have suggested that this mandate be put aside, especially during these last three years with tight budget times, but the university needs to be going forward. It needs to be in the process of thinking about those institutions that it wants to emulate, working on a daily basis to get to that position. The process is very important right now, and the university is making headway.
The university marketplace is highly competitive. Other universities are on the move as well. It is a zero sum game, and for UK to move up in rankings, another university must move down. There are at least 100 universities wanting to be in the top twenty. Some changes are slow, and it takes time. These are cautions that the consultants have brought forward, although some of the university's measures tracked show good progress.
President Todd summarized the development of the business plan as follows:
Analysis of UK's current competitive position.
Identification of strategies to close the gap between UK's current position
and Top 20 status.
Determination of source and amount of funds necessary for investment. Selection of measures of public engagement. Preparation of the long-range business plan.
He reiterated that the process is inclusive. The Stillwater Group has met with President Tom Layzell and his entire Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) staff to talk about the process. CPE is very pleased with the openness of UK's process. He noted that the university is keeping the state abreast of the process as well.
E. Proposed Amendment to the Governing Regulations (PR 3)
President Todd reported that PR 3 involves a change in the Governing Regulations. The amended Governing Regulations were submitted to the Board at its previous meeting for consideration. In compliance with the university's regulations, the amendment has been on the table for 30 days and is now coming to the Board for final action. He recommended that PR 3 be approved. Mr. Patton moved approval. His motion, seconded by Mr. Branscum, carried without dissent. (See PR 3 at the end of the Minutes.)