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                                            AGENDA

                                 Meeting of the Board of Trustees
                                      University of Kentucky
                                             1:00 P.M.
                                           May 6, 1997
Invocation

Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

Schedule for Meetings of Board of Trustees

President's Report and Action Items

PR 1   President's Report to the Trustees
             University of Kentucky Research Report

PR 2   Personnel Actions

PR 3    Central Administration (No items to report)

PR 4    Community College System
        A.  Candidates for Degrees -- Community College System
        B.  Associate Degree Program in the Community College System - Hazard Community College
                 and Southeast Community College
        C.  Associate Degree Program in the Community College System - Prestonsburg Community College
        D.  Associate Degree Program in the Community College System - Owensboro Community College
        E.  Associate Degree Program in the Community College System - Madisonville Community College
        F.  Appointments to Advisory Board - Lexington Community College

PR 5   Lexington Campus
       A.  Candidates for Degrees University System
       B.  Reappointments to University of Kentucky Equine Research Foundation

PR 6    Medical Center (No items to report)

       Finance Committee

 1.    Acceptance of Interim Financial Report for the University of Kentucky for the Nine Months Ended
             March 31, 1997
2.    Report of Leases
3.    Approval of Leases
4.    Capital Construction Report
5.     1996-97 Budget Revisions
6.    Confirmation of 1997-98 Tuition Schedule
7.     Withdrawn
8.    Room and Board Rates 1997-98 School Year
9.    Room and Board Rates for the Lees College Campus of Hazard Community College
            for the 1997-98 School Year




 









10.    James L. Blythe Gift and Pledge
11.    Outdoor Tennis Stadium Funding, Expansion of Center for Academics
            and Tutorial Services (CATS) Funding, and Football Stadium Renovation Funding
12.    Resolution of Official Intent of the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky to Finance
            Construction of an Educational Building Project from Proceeds of a Proposed Issue of University
            of Kentucky Consolidated Educational Buildings Revenue Bonds
13.    Resolution of the Board of Trustees of University of Kentucky Accepting the Successful Bid for the
            Purchase of $6,645,000 Principal Amount of University of Kentucky Housing and Dining System
            Revenue Bonds, Series Q, Dated May 1, 1997




 









      Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of
Kentucky, Tuesday, May 6, 1997.

      The Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky met at 1:00 p.m.
(Lexington time) on Tuesday, May 6, 1997 in the Board Room on the 18th
floor of Patterson Office Tower.

      A.   Meeting Opened

      Governor Edward T. Breathitt, Chairperson, called the meeting to order
at 1:00 p.m., and the invocation was pronounced by Mrs. Kay Bell.

      B.   Roll Call

      The following members of the Board of Trustees answered the call of
the roll: Mr. Alan Aja, Mr. Ted Bates, Mrs. Kay Shropshire Bell, Governor
Edward T. Breathitt (Chairperson), Mr. Paul W. Chellgren, Mr. Robert N.
Clay, Mr. Merwin Grayson, Mr. John "Jack" Guthrie, Mr. James F. Hardymon,
Professor Loys L. Mather, Dr. Robert P. Meriwether, Mr. Billy Joe Miles,
Professor Jim Miller, Dr. Elissa Plattner, Mr. Steven S. Reed, Mr. C. Frank
Shoop, Mrs. Lois C. Weinberg, Mr. Martin Welenken, and Mr. Billy B.
Wilcoxson. The University administration was represented by President
Charles T. Wethington, Jr.; Chancellors Ben W. Carr, James W. Holsinger,
and Elisabeth Zinser; Vice Presidents Joseph T. Burch, Fitzgerald Bramwell,
Edward A. Carter, George DeBin and Eugene Williams; John J. Piecoro,
Assistant to the President for Administrative Affairs; Dr. Juanita Fleming,
Special Assistant for Academic Affairs; Mr. C. M. Newton, Director of
Athletics, and Mr. Richard E. Plymale, General Counsel.

     Members of the various news media were also in attendance. A
quorum being present, the Chairperson declared the meeting officially open
for the conduct of business at 1:04 p.m.

     C.   Approval of Minutes

     Governor Breathitt said that the Minutes of the Board meeting on
April 1, 1997 had been distributed and asked for any additions or corrections.
Mr. Shoop moved that the Minutes be approved as distributed. Mr. Guthrie
seconded the motion, and it carried.

     D.   Schedule for Meetings

     Governor Breathitt called attention to the 1997-98 Schedule for
Meetings of Board of Trustees, noting the statutory meeting dates.




 





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      E.    President's Report to the Board of Trustees (PR 1)

      President Wethington called attention to the following items in PR 1:

      1. Former Virginia Governor Gerald L. Baliles will deliver the address
         at commencement on Saturday, May 10, in Memorial Coliseum.
         William David Johnson of Louisville will speak as a representative
         of the Class of 1997.

      2. The UK History Department is one of only two departments
         nationwide to have two Guggenheim Fellowships awarded to its
         professors this year. The UK Guggenheim Fellows are Thomas
         Cogswell and George Herring.

      3. Fifty-three percent of the 87 fourth-year College of Medicine
         students who will graduate in May will enter primary care
         specialties.

      4. An experimental colon cancer vaccine created by Kenneth Foon,
         Director of the Markey Cancer Center, and Malaya Chatterjee,
         Internal Medicine, will be used in nationwide patient trials in the
         coming months.

      President Wethington asked the members to read the other items in
the report at their leisure.

      F.    University of Kentucky Research Report

      President Wethington reminded the members of Governor Paul
Patton's questions at the last Board meeting about the University becoming a
top 20 research university and the research report that had been sent to
Governor Patton and members of the General Assembly. At the April 1, 1997
meeting, Governor Patton challenged the Board to take a look at that report,
determine what was in the report, get some assessment of it, be more
knowledgeable about it, and be better able to respond to questions expressed
about the research program at the University of Kentucky. As a result of
Governor Patton's challenge, Governor Breathitt asked that a report be made
at the May meeting.

      President Wethington said that Dr. Fitzgerald Bramwell, Vice President
for Research and Graduate Studies, will deliver the report about the research
program. He will give some factual information about the status of the
University of Kentucky research enterprise and will specifically address both
the manner and the content of the information which was sent forth to
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provide a "snap shot" of what a top 20 research university actually looks like
in this nation today. He asked Dr. Bramwell to give his report.

      Dr. Bramwell said it was a pleasure to talk about the University's
research program. The presentation will provide an estimate of financial
resources necessary to place the University of Kentucky among the top twenty
academic research institutions in the United States. A "snap shot" model of a
top twenty institution was used to project the funding required for the
University of Kentucky, as a research and land-grant institution, to meet this
goal. Below is a summary of Dr. Bramwell's presentation:

Current Accomplishments
   * Kentucky ranks 28th in public institution research and development
      (R&D) expenditures by state.

   * R&D accomplishments in April 1997 alone include research
      infrastructure, technology transfer, and faculty strength. The
      University of Kentucky continues to distinguish itself in a number of
      selected areas in research infrastructure as evidenced by the ATM high
      speed network, in technology transfer as evidenced by the new Plant
      Biotechnology program, and in individual faculty expertise as
      evidenced by two Guggenheim awards in a single department and a
      National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Development Award. The
      University has a total of 11 NSF Career Awards, with eight in
      Engineering and three in Arts and Sciences.

   * The University of Kentucky is one of 59 public institutions and one of
      100 academic institutions to have a Carnegie Research I designation.

   * The University of Kentucky is approximately $15,000,000 (16%) ahead
      of its record pace of 1995 in research awards. We estimate $122,000,000
      in awards will be received in FY 97 with approximately $119,000,000
      coming through the University of Kentucky Research Foundation
      (UKRF) and the remaining $3,000,000 through the Office of
      Development.

   * The composition of R&D awards reflects the University of Kentucky's
      dual mission as a land-grant university and a research university.
      Approximately 2/3 of the awards are for basic and applied research,
      about 17% for public service, 14% for research training, and 1.5% for
      other activities.




 





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   * The University of Kentucky ranked 22nd in the nation for FY 95 in
      industrial contracts and grants.

   * For FY 95, the University of Kentucky ranked 41 out of 122 ranked
      universities in Licensing Income and Patents being ranked ahead of the
      University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (45), Pennsylvania State
      University (46), University of Tennessee (47), Vanderbilt University
      (64).

Strategic Indicators
Using FY 91 as the baseline, the University of Kentucky was charged by the
Board of Trustees to achieve strategic indicators by FY 96. The following
strategic indicators related to research:

Strategic Indicator #17: Improve our national ranking among U.S. research
      universities in total research and development support to 60th from
      72nd.

      Currently the University of Kentucky ranks 66th nationally with
      $112,000,000 in R&D expenditures for FY 95. For comparison, the
      University of Texas, SW Medical Center ranked 59th and had
      $125,301,000 in R&D expenditures. Because of intense grant and
      contract competition among research universities, it is very difficult to
      move even one position in the rankings. The fact that we have moved
      up in the rankings, however, is indicative of its capacity to improve
      and to the inherent strength of our research effort. Although this
      indicator is in reach, it has not yet been realized.

Strategic Indicator #18. Increase the external support obtained by faculty and
      staff to $120 million per year.

      As of April 1997, University of Kentucky faculty and staff have been
      awarded $108,000,000 in external funding. Therefore, we
      conservatively estimate external support in excess of $122,000,000 this
      year, meeting Strategic Indicator #18.

Strategic Indicator #19: Increase federal research and development support to
      $50 million per year.

      The University of Kentucky met Strategic Indicator #19 in FY 95 and
      federal R&D support continues to exceed the goal of $50 million.

Strategic Indicator #20: Increase state and local research and development
      support to $8 million per year.




 





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      In FY 95, the University of Kentucky met and continues to exceed
      Strategic Indicator #20. These are not state appropriations but represent
      grants and contracts serving the state.

Strategic Indicator #21: Increase industry research and development support
      to $12 million per year.

      In FY 95, the University of Kentucky met Strategic Indicator #21,
      ranking 22nd in the nation in this activity.

Characteristics of a 'Top Twenty"
Total research expenditures for FY 95, as reported to the National Science
Foundation, was used as the criterion to be classified as a "Top Twenty"
research institution.

   * Based upon total R&D expenditures for FY 95, we estimate the
      minimal research expenditures required for "Top Twenty" status in FY
      97 to be $280,000,000.

   * Top twenty institutions had academic breadth and depth in many
      'core' areas with a strong technology based state R&D infrastructure
      with which to work. Faculty size and a strong state research
      infrastructure are important indicators of "Top Twenty" status.

      Faculty Size
      Among top twenty institutions the average faculty size was 2576; for
      those that had land-grant and research missions similar to the
      University of Kentucky, the average faculty size was 2818. Faculty sizes
      were generally determined using Integrated Postsecondary Education
      Data Set information from the US Department of Education. "Top
      Twenty" universities with a land-grant/research mission are
      University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Cornell University, University
      of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, University of Arizona,
      Ohio State University, and University of Illinois-Urbana.

      Among top twenty public institutions, the average faculty size was
      2561; for those that had land-grant and research missions similar to the
      University of Kentucky, the average faculty size was 2736. "Top
      Twenty" public universities with a land-grant/research mission are
      University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M, University of Minnesota,
      Pennsylvania State University, University of Arizona, Ohio State
      University, University of Illinois-Urbana, University of Maryland, and
      University of Georgia.




 





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      Conclusion
      A faculty size of 2500+ is consistent with the norm for "Top Twenty"
      institutions.

      The Importance of Faculty Critical Mass and Research Productivity
      * A review of the 1981 Engineering Program of the University of
         Colorado at Boulder (UCB) shows that it is comparable to the 1996
         UK Engineering Program in faculty size, graduates per year, and
         federal research funding in core engineering programs.

      * During the five-year period 1981-1986 UCB core engineering
         programs expanded the faculty by approximately one-third from 108
         to 145. After ten years, the effect on the programs was both a five
         fold increase in Ph.D. degrees awarded as well as in federal grant
         and contract expenditures per full time faculty member.

Report Review
The University of Kentucky model showing the funding necessary to achieve
"Top Twenty" status did not designate the source of the funds, or a timetable
over which the funds would be generated. A review of key elements of that
proposal follows.

      Critical Mass, Faculty Size. The University of Kentucky currently has
            1796 FTE faculty. Given that 2500+ is the average size of a "Top
            Twenty" research institution, and 2800+ for a top twenty
            university with a land-grant/research mission such as UK, we
            feel that our estimated faculty size of 2440 will achieve depth and
            breadth of scholarship as well as achieve critical research
            expenditures, if faculty are carefully recruited over an extended
            period. Faculty support in the form of graduate assistants and
            support staff are formula driven.

      Start-up Costs. The estimated start-up costs are consistent with start-up
            costs nationwide. While it is true that start up costs in some
            research areas are less than the average of $250,000 per new
            faculty used in this report, many areas which generate significant
            extramural research funding require substantially higher start up
            costs.

      Named Chairs and Professorships. A survey of top twenty institutions
            suggests that 10% of the faculty hold endowed chairs. Given the
            current number of endowed chairs at the University of Kentucky
            and the desire to achieve "Top Twenty" status, funding for 180
            additional endowed chairs is necessary.




 





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      Graduate Programs. Multi-year fellowships, basic health benefits, in-
            state tuition and fee waivers are generally offered by top research
            institutions to attract the highest quality graduate students. For
            example, Stanford University is endowing 300 multi-year
            fellowships at a cost of $200,000,000 and has raised half the
            money toward that goal.

      Construction Costs. Estimates were made on the basis of actual
            research construction costs over the last few years with the
            assumption that construction would be at current market
            dollars:
            ASTeCC             $354/sq ft   Civil Engineering  $240/sq ft
            Medical Research   $283/sq ft  Sanders Brown     $332/sq ft

            The estimate of $250/sq ft is consistent with the above costs.

      Bond Issue for Major Equipment. The purpose of the 1988 bond issue
            was to provide state-of-the-art equipment for researchers. A
            major increase in research awards and research expenditures
            followed that effort. Another bond issue for research
            equipment should be initiated.

      Maintenance, Operations, and Upgrade. Maintenance, operations and
            equipment upgrades are formula driven.

Report Evaluation
This report was evaluated by senior research administrators with outstanding
national and international reputations from outside the Commonwealth.

      * Dr. William Sibley is at the National Science Foundation as
         Program Director of the Centers for Research Excellence in Science
         and Technology. He is the author of some 200 papers in the area of
         condensed matter physics. He served as Vice President for
         Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
         from 1990 to 1996.

            "The analysis you sent me based on your model of developing
            future funds for the University of Kentucky to move into the
            top twenty research group as defined by Total Annual Research
            Expenditures is essentially correct. For those schools that did not
            start early in the development arena it just takes an enormous
            investment to catch up in the traditional sense."

      * Dr. Ronald Phipps currently serves as a Senior Associate for the
         Institute for Higher Education Policy. He has served the




 





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         Commonwealth in other critical education issues and is well
         familiar with the structure of higher education within Kentucky.
         He has had a distinguished career as Assistant Secretary for
         Planning and Academic Affairs for the Maryland Higher Education
         Commission from 1991-1995.

      * Dr. Phipps was asked to comment on the methodology used to
         prepare this report.

             "I agree that enhancing the research and graduate programs at
             the University of Kentucky will require the improvement of the
             research infrastructure, which would include (1) the recruitment
             of outstanding senior research faculty; (2) the necessary
             personnel to support the faculty--including excellent graduate
             assistants; (3) a fellowship program to attract highly qualified
             graduate and postgraduate students; (4) the establishment of
             endowed chairs or professorships; and (5) the procurement of
             major research equipment and the upgrading of research
             facilities. In short, the University will need to increase its
             capacity to attract and retain exceptional faculty and students by
             addressing each of the components above."

      * Dr. Ruth Kirschstein serves as Deputy Director for the National
         Institutes of Health, a federal funding agency second to none in its
         support of basic and applied research.

            "You have clearly articulated the aspects of faculty and staff,
            graduate programs, equipment and facilities that are needed to
            bring the university into the ranks of the top twenty."

            "Your plans for support staff and start-up funds are excellent and
            overall, I believe this is a realistic and very good plan. I wish
            you and the University of Kentucky success in this endeavor and
            congratulate you on striving for the goal."

Future Directions
Future directions for the University of Kentucky will be determined by a
collaborative effort involving faculty, administrators, research staff and
students. Toward that end, two critical initiatives have been launched--one
endorsed by the Board of Trustees and one based on an administrative
commitment to continued academic excellence.

   * The Board of Trustees has approved the Fund for Academic Excellence
      in support of the findings of the 1996 Committee on Graduate
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   * President Wethington has recently appointed a Task Force to prioritize
      areas of emphasis within the University as identified by the 1996
      Committee on Graduate Education and Research.

      Dr. Bramwell concluded his presentation by saying that the University
has future directions, and these future directions indeed are spearheaded in
part by the Board with respect to the Fund for Excellence which will provide
additional scholarships, additional endowed chairs, additional professorships,
and rewards for outstanding teachers and students, and the announcement of
the formation of a task force to recommend strategic priorities for research
and graduate education, to indeed dovetail on work which has previously
been done, to identify significant areas, and thereby to assess institutional
strengths and recommend strategic priorities for research and graduate
education.

      Mr. Grayson said the data was nice and requested that a copy of the
presentation be sent to the Board.

      Mr. Clay asked if the Board should assume from the report that the
numbers that were previously distributed are substantiated.

      Dr. Bramwell said, "Yes sir, the numbers are essentially correct."

      Mr. Clay asked if the legislature would see the figures and President
Wethington said he would be happy to send them a copy.

      Governor Breathitt said it would be an excellent idea to send a copy of
the report to the legislature along with an executive summary of some of the
spoken words and a conclusion. He also thought a summary would be good
for the Board.

      Dr. Bramwell recognized Dr. Constance Wood, Dr. Delwood Collins,
and Dr. David Watt for their assistance with the report, following which they
received a round of applause.

      Governor Breathitt said he thought it would be very helpful for the
Board to have the report as a result of Governor Patton's request at the April
1st Board meeting for a re-examining of the research figures. He thanked Dr.
Bramwell for his good report.

      Governor Breathitt said that everyone must recognize with the limited
resources in Kentucky that these goals will have to be reached by building
academic strength block by block. It will have to be done within those
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"What are the priorities of this university in fundraising?" President
Wethington stated that the priority is the Fund for Academic Excellence and
that is the kind of strategic priority that, in his opinion, is very important. He
said that everyone will work together to do their very best to start the
campaign and move as fast as possible within the resources to match and go
beyond the resources the Governor and legislature are able to find for the
University of Kentucky.

      President Wethington thanked Dr. Bramwell and those who worked
with him on the report. In addition to addressing the issue of the amount of
funding to move into the top 20 status, he assured the Board that the
administration has been focusing on the improvement of the research
standing of the University of Kentucky regularly for the last few years. The
institution has a strategic plan that is well thought out and has been approved
by the Board which has set certain specific goals. These goals were set
realistically based on the amount of money coming to the University over the
five-year period. Beginning mid 1997, the University of Kentucky will be in
the process of revising its strategic plan and setting new goals and strategic
indicators. If there is significant additional money coming into the
institution from whatever source and if realistic goals can be set to move us
up the ladder faster, new directions will be proposed and new goals will be set.
He said he wanted the Board to fully and completely understand that the
administration and faculty have not ignored the development of the research
program of the University. The research program is of critical importance
and the money raised for the Fund for Academic Excellence will be used to
match anything the state might put up in terms of research and development
funds.

      President Wethington said that a graduate education committee
reviewed the graduate education program during the past year. The next
logical step has been taken and that is to take the work of that graduate
education committee and appoint a task force composed of faculty and
university administrators to determine those areas that have the greatest
likelihood of being able to move the University forward in a rather dramatic
fashion. That process must have broad university involvement. It should
have faculty, staff, and administration involved and will ultimately come to
the Board of Trustees as a part of the strategic plan.

      President Wethington reported that he had appointed the task force
and Professor Dan Reedy, who has just stepped down as Dean of the Graduate
School and returned to the faculty, will be the person to chair the Research
and Graduate Education Task Force beginning May 1997.

      President Wethington said that Dr. Bramwell's research report was to
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the priority that research has within the institution. The administration and
faculty are not ignoring their responsibilities in regard to the research
program. The University is making good progress as measured by the dollars
coming into the institution from federal grants and contracts.

      G.   Personnel Actions (PR 2)

      President Wethington recommended that approval be given to the
appointments, actions and/or other staff changes which require Board action;
and that the report relative to appointments and/or changes already
approved by the administration be accepted. Mrs. Bell moved approval. The
motion, seconded by Mr. Chellgren, carried. (See PR 2 at the end of the
Minutes.)

      H.   Candidates for Degrees -- Community College System (PR 4A)

      President Wethington recommended that the degrees for the
Community College System specified in PR 4A be awarded to those persons
named upon certification that the requirements for those degrees have been
satisfactorily completed. Professor Miller move approval of PR 4A. Mr. Reed
seconded the motion, and it carried. (See PR 4A at the end of the Minutes.)

      I.   Associate Degree Program in the Community College System -
Hazard Community College and Southeast Community College (PR 4B)

      President Wethington said that PR 4B is a new associate degree
program in the Community College System. The recommendation is that the
Board authorize for submission to the Council on Higher Education a new
degree program, Associate Degree in Applied Science, Physical Therapist
Assistant at Hazard Community College and Southeast Community College.
He reported that this program will be in operation at both institutions, and
said he was pleased to recommend PR 4B for approval. Professor Miller
moved approval. His motion, seconded by Mr. Guthrie, passed. (See PR 4B at
the end of the Minutes.)

      J.   Associate Degree Program in the Community College System -
Prestonsburg Community College (PR 4C)

      President Wethington said that PR 4C is another associate degree
program in the Community College System. The recommendation is that the
Board of Trustees authorize for submission to the Council on Higher
Education a new degree program, Associate Degree in Applied Science, Law
Enforcement Technology at Prestonsburg Community College. He said that
the Board must approve the program prior to submission to the Council on
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institutions in the college's service area indicates a need for many new
employees in the field of law enforcement and security over the next five
years. This is a two-year program and is not duplicative of baccalaureate
programs which are in place in the state. Mr. Grayson moved approval. Mr.
Chellgren seconded the motion, and it carried. (See PR 4C at the end of the
Minutes.)

      K     Associate Degree Program in the Community College System -
Owensboro Community College (PR 4D)

      President Wethington said that PR 4D is an associate degree program at
Owensboro Community College. The recommendation is that a new degree
program Associate Degree in Applied Science, Early Childhood Education, be
approved for Owensboro Community College. The recommendation of the
Board carries with it the understanding that this program must go on to the
Council on Higher Education. Mr. Miles moved approval of PR 4D. The
motion, seconded by Mr. Welenken, passed. (See PR 4D at the end of the
Minutes.)

      L.    Associate Degree Program in the Community College System -
Madisonville Community College (PR 4E)

      President Wethington said PR 4E is an associate degree program at
Madisonville Community College. He recommended that the Board
authorize for submission to the Council on Higher Education a new degree
program, Associate Degree in Applied Science, Occupational Therapist
Assistant at Madisonville Community College. He reported that the
administration has worked with the local advisory board and members of
Madisonville's health care community to determine the need for this
program in the Madisonville area. He said he was pleased to recommend PR
4E to the Board. Professor Miller moved approval. Mr. Reed seconded the
motion, and it carried. Mr. Bates pointed out that this is a cooperative
venture with Kentucky Tech Systems. (See PR 4E at the end of the Minutes.)

      President Wethington made a general statement about the new
programs. He reported that the Council on Higher Education has notified the
universities that new degree programs likely will not be considered by the
Council. He said that the new degree programs approved at the April 1, 1997
Board meeting and forwarded to the Council have been returned. There is a
freeze on the consideration of new programs by the present Council on
Higher Education; therefore, the status of new program proposals is uncertain
at this time. He noted that if there is a program of critical importance that
needs to be moved quickly, he believes the university c