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9 > Image 9 of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2010-09-14

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

-9- Kentucky P20 Innovation Lab Launched The Kentucky P20 Innovation Laboratory is UKs best connection to P through 12 education. College of Education Dean Mary John OHair had done something like this prior to coming to UK. UK hosted a seminar with Commissioner of Education Teny Holliday, and 174 superintendents from around the state of Kentucky participated and talked about how the 17 colleges are going to become involved with bringing innovative practices to the P through 12 classrooms. Singletay Scholar Program Sees Highest Yield Rate Ever UKs Singletary Scholars yield rate is up, and this will cost the university more money. This year 25 offers were made, and the yield was 31. Twenty-eight are Kentucky students, and their average ACT is 32.71. Two Eguine Art Exhibitions Open Coincide with World Eguestrian Games UKs Art Museum opened "The Bluegrass Palette of Andre Pater on June 27, featuring the work of a local artist, Andrea Pater, who is known internationally for his sporting art. The exhibitions come at the time ofthe World Equestrian Games, and some ofthe exhibits are from Smithsonian. It includes the top collections from around the country. President Todd encouraged the Board to see the exhibits. UK Graduates and Students Selected for Teach for America Twenty-two UK graduates and students were selected for Teach for America, a national program in which outstanding college graduates commit to teach for two years in disadvantaged urban and rural public schools. Five Students and Alumni Selected for Fulbright Scholarships Five UK students and alumni were selected as recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. UK Freshman Class Sets Record for Academic Quality and Applications President Todd said that he was pleased to report that this falls freshmen class is the most academically prepared in the institutions history. In 2001, the freshmen class was 3,000, and this years freshmen class totals 4,326, up from 4,153 last year. The ACT scores have continued to improve with a record 25.2 ACT composite average, up from 24.7 last year. The average high school GPA also is at an all-time high at 3.60, up from 3.52 last year. UK also set another record for applications at 13,537, up 11 percent over 209, and applications from out-of-state markets all increased from the last four years. Last year was the first time UK had 12,000 applications. The appetite for the University of Kentucky is very strong. The freshman class also experienced a significant increase in diversity. Enrollment of Hispanic students is up 28 percent to 111. African-American enrollment exceeded last year, which was a record. This fall, UK has 412 compared to 403 in fall 2009. President Todd noted that there were some stronger criteria this year to make sure those students would be retained through the freshman and sophomore year and would graduate with higher probability.