G. Strategic Plan Progress Report
President Todd introduced Vice President Connie Ray, who gave an update on UK’s
strategic plan and on the accreditation process that is under way.
Dr. Connie Ray, Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness,
presented an overview ofthe first year of progress for the University of Kentucky Strategic Plan,
2009-2014. The overview included 22 of 32 metrics for which both baseline infonnation and a
first year of progress were available. Metrics serve as indicators that the university is achieving
the 5 goals and 21 objectives set forth in the strategic plan.
The University has made progress on metrics such as the ACT preparation of the
incoming undergraduate class, the retention rate, the number of doctoral degrees awarded,
research expenditures, publications and citations, IT solutions and service, enrollment of diverse
student populations, and recognitions for engagement and outreach. Areas of concem included
metrics such as bachelor’s and master’s degree production, STEM degrees awarded, economic
development, and instructional faculty salaries. The University has achieved its target on two
Metric 1-1. Increase the 75th percentile ofthe ACT Composite Score to 28 for the first-
Metric 5-3. Achieve at least five national, regional, or disciplinary competitive grants or
recognitions for engagement and outreach.
Overall, in the first year of implementation ofthe 2009-2014 Strategic Plan, the
University achieved 2 metrics, demonstrated some progress on 12 metrics, and showed no
progress on 9 metrics; baselines are being established for 9 additional metrics. The second-year
progress report will include updates on all 32 metrics. Dr. Ray encouraged Board members to
contact her if they had any questions about the strategic plan progress report.
President Todd added that a report on this year’s freshman class statistics had just been
received, and Dr. Ray would forward it to the Board members. He expressed his appreciation to
Dr. Ray and her staff for their work on the review.
H. SACS Reaffinnation of Accreditation
Dr. Ray continued with an overview ofthe 10-year reaffinnation of accreditation process
by doing a demonstration ofthe university’s SACS web site. The web site provides content to
infonn the campus community about the upcoming reaffinnation process and timeline. The
process includes work to be completed by three groups: (1) the Leadership Team, chaired by
President Lee Todd, (2) a Compliance Certification Team comprised of 72 faculty and staff] and
(3) a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Team that will change over time as the QEP development
process moves from pre-planning to topic selection to full development of a plan to improve