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                             Meeting of the Board of Trustees
                                  University of Kentucky
                                         1:00 P.M.
                                       March 7,2000


Roll Call

Approval of Minutes

President's Report and Action Items

PR 1    President's Report to the Trustees
        A. Report on President's Initiative on Undergraduate Education

PR 2    Personnel Actions

PR 3    Central Administration
        A. Proposed Amendment to the Governing Regulations
        B. Proposed Amendment to the Governing Regulations
        C. Honorary Degree Recipients
        D. Establishment of the Position of Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs

PR 4    Community College System (No items to report)

PR 5    Lexington Campus
       A. Name Change in Program

PR 6    Medical Center (No items to report)

Finance Committee

1.    Acceptance of Interim Financial Report for the University of Kentucky for the Seven
            Months Ended January 31, 2000
 2.    Approval of Leases
 3.    Capital Construction Report
 4.    Anonymous Pledge of $5,000,000
 5.    A Resolution Authorizing the University's Investment of Additional Funds in Kentucky
            Healthcare Enterprises, Inc.
 6.    Coldstream Research Campus Ground Lease - The Pizzuti Companies

 Investment Committee

Ad Hoc Committee on Board of Trustees Committees


       Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky,
Tuesday, March 7, 2000.

       The Board of Trustees of the University of Kentucky met at 1:00 p.m. (Lexington
time) on Tuesday, March 7, 2000 in the Board Room on the 18th floor of Patterson
Office Tower.

       A.    Meeting Opened

       Billy Joe Miles, Chairperson, called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m., and the
invocation was pronounced by W. Grady Stumbo, M.D.

      B.    Roll Call

      The following members of the Board of Trustees answered the call of the roll:
Mr. Ted Bates, Governor Edward T. Breathitt, Mr. Paul W. Chellgren, Mr. James Glenn
III, Mr. Merwin Grayson, Mr. John "Jack" Guthrie, Dr. Loys L. Mather, Dr. Robert P.
Meriwether, Mr. Billy Joe Miles (Chairman), Dr. Elissa Plattner, Mr. Steven S. Reed, Dr.
Daniel R. Reedy, Mr. C. Frank Shoop, Ms. Marian Sims, Ms. Alice Sparks, Dr. W. Grady
Stumbo, Ms. JoEtta Y. Wickliffe, Mr. Russell Williams and Ms. Elaine Wilson. Absent
from the meeting was Mr. Billy B. Wilcoxson. The University administration was
represented by President Charles T. Wethington, Jr.; Chancellors Elizabeth Zinser and
James W. Holsinger; Vice Presidents Fitzgerald Bramwell, Joseph T. Burch, Ben W.
Carr, and Edward A. Carter; 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

      Mr. Miles said that the Minutes of the Board meeting on January 25, 2000 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.    President's Report to the Board of Trustees (PR 1)

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

      1. The University of Kentucky Public Relations and Marketing received eight
          awards for communications materials at the National CASE (Council for the
          Advancement and Support of Education) Conference and five honors at the
          Lexington Advertising Club's "Addy Awards."


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       2. The Kernel has won thirteen first place awards and production manager Chris
          Rosenthal was named Journalist of the Year in the Kentucky Intercollegiate
          Press Association competition.

       3. The College of Agriculture has been involved in a request from Governor Paul
          Patton to organize and present training sessions for farmers applying for the
          Phase II Tobacco Settlement Funds. The state estimates it saved some $2.75
          million by having the University of Kentucky, through its extension agents, be
          involved in that training effort.

       4. The campaign with the message "Back to Sleep" is designed to alert parents to
          the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It is receiving some considerable positive
          publicity for the University of Kentucky. The UK Hospital and UK Children's
          Hospital are the first hospitals in Central and Eastern Kentucky to educate
          new parents about the "Back to Sleep" onesie program.

       5. Professor Doris Wilkinson received recognition for suggesting ending the
          usage of the term "minority." In an article published in the Journal of
          Sociology and Social Welfare, Professor Wilkinson focused on the term
          "minority" and the fact that it may be more inclusive than it should be in terms
          of being able to be specific about the particular group of individuals that one
          is talking about.

      6. The UK Music Hall of Fame, the College of Education Hall of Fame, the
          Gatton College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame, and the College of
          Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame recently inducted new
          members. These inductions reflect favorably on our colleges and on our

      7. A memorial scholarship fund has been established in memory of Jeremy
          Michael Streck a graduate and former football player of the University.
          Jeremy was killed by an automobile on October 9, 1999.

      8. Miss Kentucky 2000 Shanna Moore presented her children's book about skin
          cancer to a group of Maxwell Elementary School fifth graders at the UK
          Outreach Center for Science and Health Career Opportunities. Miss Moore is
          a student at Murray State but hopes to attend the UK College of Medicine
          after graduation in August.

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


       E.    President's Initiative on Undergraduate Education

       Chancellor Zinser expressed excitement in bringing a presentation on the
university's undergraduate initiatives to the Board. She introduced Dean Philipp
Kraemer and briefly reviewed his credentials.

       Dean Kraemer became Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 1999, but before that he
served for two years as Chair of the Department of Psychology. He came to the
University of Kentucky in 1989 to serve on the faculty. He served in a number of
leadership capacities in that department prior to serving as Dean of Undergraduate
Studies. His background is extensive with numerous external grants for his work in
biopsychology of memory, including work on the effects on the brain and on behavior as
it relates to closed head injuries. He continues to advise students. He has served at least
eighty undergraduate students through supervision of their undergraduate research
activities in his laboratory.

       Dean Kraemer has taken the Swift Report as well as other insights from
discussions on campus, broken them into an action plan that focuses on the key priorities
for immediate attention, and has begun to create more coherence and direction around
many of the exciting initiatives on campus. This also gives us great focus on the kinds of
things that donors in our campaign will be interested in, such as investing new funding in
some of these most exciting endeavors. Chancellor Zinser noted that moving forward as
a top twenty public research institute comes with the obligation to be a leading institution
in undergraduate education.

       Dean Kraemer thanked Chancellor Zinser for the nice introduction. He said that
he believes the University has a very focused, coherent and realistic plan by which to
enhance the quality of undergraduate education. His report follows.

       The President's Initiative on Undergraduate Education offered a number of
provocative recommendations for improving the undergraduate experience at UK. Most
of those recommendations, as well as some additional ideas, have been integrated into a
coherent, focused, realistic action plan. This plan is intended to advance the quality of
the undergraduate experience in ways that are consistent with the University's Top-20
aspiration. The action plan is based on four guiding principles: (1) a focus on first-year
retention; (2) an emphasis on innovation; (3) actions that create stronger linkages
between learning, research, and student life on campus; and (4) a commitment to build on
existing strength.

       The framework for the action plan consists of four parts. First, we need to create
a context for success. We need to address problems and issues that left unattended will
undermine the success of the entire plan. For example, we need to address course
bottlenecks. Courses must be offered regularly, sufficient sections must be available, and
these sections must be widely distributed across schedules times so that students can get
the courses they need to complete their degree programs in a timely fashion. We have


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already made significant progress in this area, and we expect to have this problem solved
in the near future. We must also pursue a comprehensive evaluation of USP, and we
must be prepared to modify and revise the program to whatever extent necessary in order
to provide a quality general education curriculum appropriate for a Research I University.
Equally important, we must continue our steady progress in upgrading our classrooms
and in providing state-of-the-art computer facilities for instruction.

       The second component of the action plan is intended to engage first-year students
more effectively in the university experience. The goal here is for students to connect to
the University in stronger, more meaningful ways. As a consequence, retention rates and
graduation rates should improve dramatically. UK currently lags significantly behind the
19 benchmarks in these measures that negatively impact UK's overall reputation and
ranking. By providing a quality first-year experience for every student, we will improve
retention and graduation rates and also increase student motivation, inspiration,
satisfaction and preparation for success.

       Each student will have a choice from among several first-year experiences. Some
will choose UK- 101, which is a traditional university orientation course. This program
began with 4 sections in 1989 and will include 47 sections by 2000 that will serve nearly
1000 first-year students. Not only do students express high regard for this course, but it
also has a significant impact on retention. There is a 5% difference in the first-year
retention rates for students who take UK-1O1 relative to students who do not. A second
option for students will be Discovery Seminars. The idea here is to have leading UK
scholars present lively seminars to first-year students in classes limited to 25 or fewer
students. Topics for these seminars reflect the research or scholarly interests of the
faculty and represent issues and problems that students find stimulating and attractive.
Students are inspired by the content and pedagogy of these seminars, but they also
appreciate the opportunity to interact with faculty in a very positive fashion. UK will
offer 15 seminars in Fall 2000, and the goal is to increase the number of these seminars to
at least 40 by 2002.

       Increasing undergraduate participation in research is a third kind of first-year
experience available to students at UK. We currently have pockets of success where
students work directly and closely with faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral
scholars as members of collaborative research teams. These research projects provide
undergraduates excellent learning opportunities that stimulate and inspire students in
ways that cannot be achieved in the classroom. Equally important, faculty find these
experiences to be among the most exciting and rewarding teaching experiences. To
enhance undergraduate research as a first-year experience, we propose the University
Research Program; a collaborative project sponsored by the Vice President for Research
and Graduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Studies. This program, which is
similar to that at the University of Michigan, will allow first-year students an opportunity
to work on research projects under the sponsorship of faculty across the University. In
addition to hands-on research experience, students will attend a one-hour/week seminar
designed to enhance study skills, orient students to the University, and introduce basic
concepts of research. We also propose enhanced funding of the Undergraduate Research


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and Creativity Program, which supports independent research and creativity projects of
undergraduates during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer.
Finally, we propose that funds be available to support student travel to national and
regional conferences in order to present their projects. These opportunities enhance
student credentials and improve UK's national reputation for educational excellence.

       The fourth first-year experience option involves the concept of a living/learning
community. Students often find large research universities to be intimidating and resist
assimilation. A very effective way to circumvent this problem is to provide opportunities
for students to engage with smaller communities that have an academic dimension. The
most effective method for achieving this goal is to link residence life with the academic
experience. UK currently has several successful living/learning communities, and the
action plan calls for the development of at least one large program and four small
programs by 2002. In addition, we will promote more academic related activities within
residence halls. For example, residence halls can be used for classes, advising, and office
space for faculty, graduate students, and advisors.

       The third part of the action plan focuses on improving teaching and learning. One
way to do this is to encourage redesign of some course and programs. Another strategy is
to pursue the advantages of modem teaching-learning technologies where appropriate.
Equally important is the continued improvement in the on-the-job training of our
graduate teaching assistants. Rewarding departments for documented teaching success
and curriculum innovation can also promote greater commitment to the noble enterprise
of teaching. Lastly, we need to maintain and expand successful programs that improve
student learning, especially in difficult courses. For example, we need to expand the
successful Excel program that is now applied in math, chemistry, and biology.

       The fourth part of the action plan is the Academic Recovery Program. Too many
of our capable students are unsuccessful during their first semester. These students are
often those who succeeded in high school and have the ability to succeed in a university
but are unable to make the transition. Our plan is to: (1) identify these students early in
the fall semester and intervene in order to prevent academic probation, and (2) provide a
comprehensive, aggressive academic recovery program for those students who are placed
on academic probation during the spring semester. As a further prevention, we need to
improve the advising process for all of our students.

       In conclusion, we believe that by implementing this plan, UK can dramatically
improve the quality of the undergraduate experience in ways that allow more students to
successfully complete their education and become life long learners. When UK aspires to
become like such laudable institutions as the Universities of Michigan, Washington,
Wisconsin, Illinois and Penn State, we are committed to pursuing excellence in all of our
missions. Of particular importance is the realization that our benchmarks have achieved
their status because they have found ways to create excellence in undergraduate
education while also becoming renowned for research and graduate education. Quality
undergraduate education is the cornerstone of all successful research universities, and our
action plan is designed to exploit the reciprocal connections between undergraduate


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education, research, and graduate education. Based on the pervasive strength we now
feature at UK, we are confident that this action plan can be successfully implemented,
and as a result we will be able to make great strides toward our ambition to become the
next great university.

       President Wethington asked if there were any questions about undergraduate
education at the University of Kentucky.

       Ms. Sparks asked whether or not students get credit for University 101. Dean
Kraemer explained that they don't currently get general education credit, but that he
thinks that is one of the things we would like to look at in terms of the reform of general
education. He also noted that it's important that some of these transition year experiences
not be add-ons and that they do count.

       Mr. Guthrie asked if Dean Kraemer did any research with the students, such as
market research on satisfactory levels of what they like and what they don't like. Dean
Kraemer stated that they did do research. There is a senior survey that is administered
every two years, and they are aggressively pursuing this. Dean Kraemer also noted that
many of the concerns that are reflected in previous student satisfaction surveys have been
the impetuous for many of these items in this plan.

       Governor Breathitt made note of the Pritchard Committee Annual Meeting where
there was a presentation of a world-respected national study that was done which showed
that there were no throw away children. He went on to say that if you give the same
advantages at the first, second, third, fourth and fifth year of life, children from
disadvantaged homes do as well as children from advantaged homes. Racial, ethnic,
sociological differences are really stereotypes that we have, and these children have just
as much ability to succeed. Governor Breathitt continued by stating that if this is carried
forward, and it is valid, it would mean that there would be less need for remedial
education at the college level and at the high school level.

      Dean Kraemer agreed with Governor Breathitt and added that with early
intervention all things are possible. He also noted that there's also the opportunity to
intervene with those students who have not had that kind of quality experience early on.
He said that he believes that we have to be very careful in defining a quality student in
terms of simplistic means such as GPA and ACT. He does not think that there are many
minds that come to the University of Kentucky that cannot do well, regardless of their
ACT and GPA. He continued by saying that he thinks that ACT and GPA very often
become too convenient, that we all would like to work with the very best students and
that students with high ACT scores tend to be very good students. However, he has had
quite a number of students who have not done well on these measures but with the right
motivation, experience and nurturing have ended up doing very well. In terms of long-
term, he does concur with Governor Breathitt and feels that it's imperative that as a
society we begin to recognize this.


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       Ms. Sims added that in committee groups with students they discuss advising and
what an important role that is to see that students feel like they are connecting to people,
not telephones and books.

       Dean Kraemer believes that is the heart of UK's intervention program, and the
University recognizes the role of that kind of contact. He added that with this
probationary plan, we would be contacting these students during the fall semester, not at
the end of that semester when it may be too late, but when there's some indication, some
sign that there is trouble. He explained that it may just be a phone call encouraging them
to come in and talk to an advisor; that is all that is required to really turn the students in
the right direction.

       Ms. Sims added that she knew of a faculty member who has hundreds of students
to advise and, in her opinion that is impossible. She would like for him to see twenty that
he could take and advise on a semester basis. She asked Dean Kraemer for clarification
on how the University determines how many students a singl professor advises.

       Dean Kraemer explained that it varies across departments depending on the
population of certain degree programs. For instance, there are some majors that are
immensely popular, such as psychology, and in that situation there are about 700 majors
with thirty faculty members, so the advising load is going to be high. He added that by
using professional advisors they could address that concern. He said he believes that
faculty are very prepared to provide certain kinds of advising, but that other kinds of
advising really need to be provided by professionals.

       Ms. Sims asked if UK's faculty, as well as professional advisors, feel an urgent
need to make sure a student stays at UK and finishes at UK.

       Dean Kraemer explained that certainly the faculty is very concerned about
students staying at UK and, in his opinion professional advisors bring with them an even
greater passion.

       F.    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. Mr.
Grayson moved approval. The motion, seconded by Ms. Wilson, carried. (See PR 2 at
the end of the Minutes.)

       G.    Proposed Amendment to the Governing Regulations (PR 3A!

       President Wethington noted that this is the first time for this amendment;
therefore, it will remain on the table for at least another month, assuming it is approved at
this meeting. The recommendation is that the proposed amendment to the Governing
Regulations be received at this time for preliminary consideration, and at the next regular


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meeting of the Board of Trustees, be included on the agenda for action. The Faculty
Senate, through its Rules Committee, has considered recommendations concerning the
voting status for all extension, clinical and research title series faculty and to full-time
instructors and lecturers. This amendment is about including those individuals, who in
the past have not been included, in the faculty member count in the various colleges and
units across the University for determining the representation in the University Senate.
He noted that the number of members of the University Senate does not change.

       President Wethington recommended that approval be given to PR 3A. Ms. Sims
moved approval. The motion, seconded by Mr. Guthrie, carried. (See PR 3A at the end
of the Minutes.)

      H.    Proposed Amendment to the Governing Regulations (PR 3W)

      President Wethington reminded the Board that this proposed amendment to the
Governing Regulations received preliminary approval at the January 25, 2000 Board of
Trustees Meeting. This recommendation determines the joint committee for the process
of selecting a new president for the University of Kentucky. The process will involve
this joint committee once the Governing Regulation is passed and once the Chair moves
ahead to appoint the committee. This recommendation does approve an alumni member
and a staff member, both represent groups which have not had representation in the past.
It also includes a graduate student on the committee, making a total of two student
representatives on the committee.

      President Wethington recommended that approval be given to PR 3B. Dr. Mather
moved approval. The motion, seconded by Mr. Glenn, carried. (See PR 3B at the end of
the Minutes.)

      President Wethington added that he would get a letter out to the Alumni
Association, the Student Government Association, and to Ben Carr. Dr. Carr will
determine with Russ Williams the process for selecting staff representation for this joint
committee. He will ask each group to bring names back to him consistent with the
regulation and he will transmit those names in a formal fashion to Mr. Miles by March

      Mr. Miles explained that the officers of the Board and any other Board members
that would like to be involved would interview the nominees and make a selection as a
group. After that process, the committee will be named. The committee will then go
through a long procedure of making sure everyone in the state or anyone involved is a
part of the selection.

      President Wethington added that there is a letter from Chancellor Holsinger
attached to PR 3B suggesting that there be Medical Center representation, or at least one
representative from each of the two sectors, for joint committees of the future. It was
noted that this is an issue and matter that has not been considered by the University
Senate. President Wethington recommended that Chancellor Holsinger's suggestion be



referred to the University Senate for consideration of the regulation for the future since it
will not affect-the joint committee at this time in any way. Mr. Miles agreed to have the
University Senate consider this issue for future committees.

       I.    Honorary Degree Recipients (PR 3C)

       President Wethington stated that PR 3C is a recommendation for honorary degree
recipients of the University. The recommendation is that approval be granted to
awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Ward 0. Griffen, Jr. and the
Doctor of Letters to James F. Hardymon. The Committee on Honorary Degrees has
recommended to the Graduate Faculty and the University Senate that honorary degrees be
awarded to these two men. These three bodies have expressed their approval of the
recommendation, and the Board was notified that these two recipients would be sent
forward today. Both of them have been contacted to determine if they would be willing
to receive the degree and if they would be present at Commencement on May 7kt to
receive the degree. Both have indicated yes.

       President Wethington recommended approval of PR 3C. Dr. Stumbo moved
approval. The motion, seconded by Mr. Shoop, carried. (See PR 3C at the end of the

      J.    Establishment of the Position of Vice President for Outreach and
             International Affairs (PR 3D)

      President Wethington stated that PR 3D is a recommendation that a new
administrative position, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs, be
established effective July 1, 2000, and that Dr. Elizabeth Zinser be assigned to this new
position. Last May there was a summit meeting focusing on International Affairs at the
University in which Chancellor Holsinger, Chancellor Zinser, and faculty and staff from
across the institution met and recommended several things concerning International
Affairs. One of the recommendations was that there be a Vice President for International
Affairs at the University of Kentucky.

      President Wethington said he began working and talking with Chancellor Zinser
shortly after that and was prepared to make a recommendation to the Board at that time.
Due to certain activities of the Board and the administration that took a good bit of time
the past summer, no recommendation was made at that time.

      President Wethington said that the University Senate and the Senate Council had
resolved in the last few days to express their opinion to the Board about this particular
issue. It is not unusual that the faculty express their opinions about the University. He
noted that these opinions get transmitted to the Board along with his comments and
opinions. He reported that he had responded to the University Senate and Senate Council
expressing his appreciation for their recommendation but disagreeing with their


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       President Wethington said that this is a very serious issue. Not so much from his
standpoint but for the next president coming into the position. In his opinion, that person
must have the ability to choose his or her own administrative staff, recommend those
positions to the Board, and have the Board support the president in every way to carry out
what is certainly a very difficult but very good position.

       He said that PR 3D is about choosing the administrative staff of the president of
the University. Some may say that it is too close to the time that the current president
will be leaving the position; however, he stated, in his opinion, it is not too close to that
time. There are sixteen months left for the current president, and the Board has indicated,
in no uncertain terms, that it has at least two big issues ahead of it. One is to choose the
next president of the University and the other is to ensure that the University does not
lose momentum in the next sixteen months. Everyone must continue the move and drive
toward becoming a "Top 20" public research university. He said he needed a staff in
place in order to get that job done.

       He stated that he wants to conduct a search for a new Chancellor between now
and July 1. If a world-class candidate is not identified during that period of time, then he
will keep Chancellor Zinser in that position for the next year. He explained that he did
not want in any way to conduct a chancellor search that would get in the way of the
presidential search.

       Mr. Miles reported that he and Mr. Reed met with President Wethington
regarding this issue. He gave the example of C. M. Newton hiring a new coach. When a
new coach arrives, the coach brings a new staff and everyone expects that. He said they
wanted it understood that the new president, whoever he or she is, will have the right to
bring his or her own staff. Mr. Miles stated that he and the officers want the university to
go forward without dissension and make things happen. They do not want to waste this

       President Wethington recommended that approval be given to the establishment
of the position of Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs and that
Chancellor Zinser be appointed to fill that position beginning July 1, 2000. Mr. Shoop
moved approval. The motion, seconded by Bates, carried. (See PR 3D at the end of the

      K.    Community College System (PR 4)

      President Wethington stated that there were no items to report from the
Community College System.

       L.    Name Change in Program (PR 5A)

       President Wethington explained that PR 5A is a name change in a program, and
the recommendation is that the Board of Trustees approve the change of the current
program name from Hospitality Management to Hospitality Management and Tourism to


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reflect more emphasis on tourism. He recommended that approval be given to the
program name change. Mr. Grayson moved approval. The motion, seconded by Dr.
Mather, carried. (See PR SA at the end of the Minutes.)

       M.    Medical Center (PR 6)

       President Wethington reported that there were no items from the Medical Center.

       N.    Acceptance of Interim Financial Report for the University of Kentucky for
             the Seven Months Ended January 31, 2000 (FCR 1_)

       Mr. Chellgren, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, stated that FCR 1 is the
acceptance of the Interim Financial Report for seven-twelfths of the fiscal year, ending
January 31, 2000. He reported that the recognized revenues are 68% of the estimated
revenues for the ye