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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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5 the University achieve its goals of greater emphasis on upper division programs, the development of graduate education, and, along with that, the furtherance of research as a part of graduate education. The budget is based upon a predicted increase in enrollment of about 12 per cent, or 1, 500 additional students. Of the total enrollment expected about 6, 200 will be in the lower division, about 5, 100 in the upper division, and on the graduate level about 2, 000 students will be in the University. These figures indicate that the University's enrollment will now resemble a cylinder rather than a pyramid, which is consistent with the expressed aim of developing upper division and graduate level programs for there must be one strong advanced graduate preparation and research institution in the state. The budget reflects this change in emphasis through the provision of additional graduate student assistantships. Such assistant- ships will tend to increase the graduate enrollment as well as to insure better gradu- ate students entering the University. The graduate program will also be strengthen- ed since no assistantships are assigned to a department until the department can demonstrate its ability to provide a program for the development and improvement of graduate teaching assistantships. In building the budget the present faculty - student ratio of 1-18 was maintained (a change in that ratio by one student costs a half million dollars). Another ob- jective which the institution has been seeking to attain is the improvement of its programs, particularly its research programs. The development of the research institutes has progressed and is now reflected in this budget through larger general fund support and larger grants from research funds. In keeping with the objective of developing advanced graduate programs, several new doctoral programs are being provided and present ones are being strengthened. Among the new programs at the doctoral level are those in mechanical engineering, anthropology, and German. On the master's level, a program in planning education will be started in September and its development will carry over into the next year. New programs are planned in applied mathematics and statistics on the undergraduate level. With federal funds increasingly available in a number of areas, particularly vocational education, the budget reflects an increase, not only in federal and state funds for this purpose, but also some additional general funding to prepare people in the area of vocational education. There is provision in the budget also for training in the allied health fields, some of which will reach into the community colleges. Another objective of the institution has been the strengthening of exist- ing programs. Some reorganization is provided for September 1966 when all freshmen will enter the College of Arts and Sciences. This has been translated into the budget. This program will actually be less costly per student to the Uni- versity and the taxpayer. Since no personnel reductions have been made, the elimination of lower division students from professional programs will result in a strengthening of these programs through allowance of more time for research and writing as well as teaching by the present staffs. The budget provides for better advisory, counseling and guidance systems for all students in the University. Still another objective has been faculty advancement--