Interim Joint Committee on Education

 

Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education

 

Minutes of the<MeetNo1> 2nd Meeting

of the 2006 Interim

 

<MeetMDY1> September 11, 2006

 

The<MeetNo2> second meeting of the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Interim Joint Committee on Education was held on<Day> Monday,<MeetMDY2> September 11, 2006, at<MeetTime> 10:00 AM, in<Room> Room 171 of the Capitol Annex. Representative Mary Lou Marzian, Co-Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.

 

Present were:

 

Members:<Members> Representative Mary Lou Marzian, Co-Chair; Senators Gary Tapp and Ken Winters; Representatives Jim DeCesare, C.B. Embry Jr., Bill Farmer, Mary Harper, Frank Rasche, Tom Riner, and Charles L. Siler.

 

Guests:  Ms. Jamie Williams and Ms. Alicia Crouch, Kentucky Community and Technical College System; Ms. Anna Craft, Letcher County Board of Education; Mr. William Philips, Eastern Kentucky University; Ms. Jo Carole Ellis, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority; and Ms. Cindy Heine, Prichard Committee.

 

LRC Staff:  Jonathan Lowe, Audrey Carr, and Lisa Moore.

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. Lee Todd, University of Kentucky (UK), who made a Power Point presentation. He reminded the subcommittee that a major initiative that derived from House Bill 1 is for UK to become a major comprehensive research institution ranked among the top 20 public universities in the nation. He said states with top 20 universities have: higher median incomes; higher educational attainment; lower poverty rates; and fewer citizens on Medicaid.

 

Dr. Todd said total enrollment at UK increased ten percent in 2005-2006, and UK has enrolled the largest class in history for 2006-2007, although official numbers have not been released. He also said UK has set a record for the enrollment of Hispanic and African-American students this year, making it the most diverse class in history.

 

Dr. Todd said the graduate rate has increased from 48 percent to 60 percent during the period of House Bill 1, while research awards have increased 135 percent from $121.9 million to $290.4 million. Endowments have increased 231 percent, moving from $195.1 million to $645.4 million, endowed chairs have increased 372 percent, and endowed professorships increased 404 percent.

 

Dr. Todd discussed UK's business plan. He said UK needs to recruit 6,000 more undergraduates, and noted that this is well below the targeted number of 13,000 designated by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). He said enrolling 6,000 more undergraduates is a lofty goal, but it can be accomplished if the university gets involved in K-12 education. He said it is much more important for UK to spend money persuading eighth graders to receive a postsecondary education than it is to spend money to convince students who are already going to college to attend UK.

 

Dr. Todd said modest increases have to made toward goals for graduate degrees by 2020, as well as postdoctoral appointments. He said 54 new faculty members will be hired at UK this year due to the increase in enrollments. The College of Medicine will be hiring 30 to 40 additional faculty out of their own budgets, not utilizing state money. He said national advertisements will be used to recruit 84 new faculty, and this indicates to potential new hires that UK is demonstrating growth among the professional ranks. The new faculty will be paid from the $4.6 million the General Assembly appropriated to UK for 2006-2007, as well as the $20.9 million appropriated for 2007-2008. He also said the construction has begun on the pharmacy building, and bond authorization was obtained for the UK hospital, due to the capital projects that the General Assembly approved.

 

Dr. Todd discussed research and outreach services provided by UK. He said $290 million was spent on conducting research in 2005-2006, and there are 140 UK healthcare outreach clinics across Kentucky. He also said the UK is reaching out to communities across Kentucky by establishing 24 commonwealth collaboratives that will benefit the people of Kentucky.

 

Dr. Todd said UK's mission is to implement the detailed, mission-driven, and accountability-based business plan. He believes the goal of becoming a top-20 research university is possible, and UK will contribute 40 percent of the cost of achieving top 20 status, while striving to enroll, retain, and graduate more Kentuckians.

 

Representative Marzian commended Dr. Todd on applying the intent of House Bill 1 in a practical manner throughout the state to engage its citizens, and said UK's outreach services is outstanding. She asked how UK's salaries compare to other universities in attracting and retaining quality staff.

 

Dr. Todd said one of UK's commitments is to have a 5.5 salary increase each year for the next six years, in order to catch the median of the salaries in the top 20 universities. He said they did 3.5 percent this year for faculty and staff, but another 1.5 percent will be added in January of 2007 to some targeted departments that have lagged for some time. He said he has received criticism for differentiating between salary increases for faculty and staff, but he feels it is necessary to invest in the faculty, which are the ones that will create more staff positions. He said there is a $5 million allotment in next year's budget that will be used to enhance the staff positions, but UK is behind in salaries and it is extremely important to be competitive in this area. Representative Marzian agreed. Dr. Todd also said the "Bucks for Brains" funds and the endowment chairs have been very important for attraction and retention of quality faculty.

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. Tim Miller, Interim President, Murray State University (MSU) to make a presentation on MSU. He said the new MSU President, Dr. Dunn, would begin on December 1, 2006. He introduced Dr. Sandra Jordan, Associate Provost, to make the presentation on strategic planning. She said MSU has a strategic planning process, which is active and responsive, and has netted results. She said it is decision-focused, information-based, on-going, and currently in the 2003-2008 cycle, broadly structured, and participatory, including participants from across the campus and consultation with external groups. The process emphasizes crafting a shared vision and establishing priorities for institutional action.

 

Dr. Jordan said the results of MSU's planning has resulted in numerous products. They are: 1) a revised mission statement; 2) the creation of a vision statement; 3) the creation of value statements; 4) the revision of student-learning outcomes, including the "Characteristics of the Murray State University Graduate"; and 5) the creation of specific goals and action steps to reach those goals.

 

Dr. Jordan said the institution's strategic goals are tracked by indicators of success based upon: national comparisons; benchmark institutional comparisons; state comparisons; accreditation guidelines; and the state agenda "2020" goals. The key indicators of success include: inputs such as enrollment, retention, and graduation data; as well as outputs such as outcomes assessment, students entering jobs, and the National Survey of Student Engagement.

 

Dr. Jordan discussed the alignment of MSU's strategic plan and the "2020" public agenda. Of the institution's thirty-two strategic goals, twenty-five align directly with the state agenda. Dr. Jordan discussed the five questions of the state agenda, and gave specific examples of how MSU's planning goals related directly to them. A detailed summary is in the handout located in the meeting folder in the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) library.

 

Dr. Jordan said the state average for the quality performance index for Kentucky's teacher preparation program in 2004-2005 was 3.5, with a 95 percent summary pass rate. She said MSU's average was 3.8 with a 100 percent summary pass rate.

 

Dr. Jordan discussed MSU's graduation rate and the actual number of students who are receiving degrees. She said MSU has the second highest graduation rate in the state, and also has the second highest graduation rate of identified benchmark states. The average state graduation rate is 45 percent, and MSU's average graduation rate is 57 percent.

 

Dr. Jordan explained how MSU plans to meet their goals. She said MSU and West Kentucky Community and Technical College work together to increase the college going number and transfer articulation, including 2x2 programs and advising partnerships. MSU has nine articulation agreements with KCTCS in the areas of education, agriculture, business, food management, and health care. She said that MSU plans to increase its on-line degree program options and offer workplace certifications. Finally, MSU has many collaborative, joint and shared programs with institutions throughout the state. For example, MSU offers engineering programs with the University of Louisville and UK in Paducah, thus resulting an increased number of shared programs.

 

Dr. Jordan said MSU students are prepared for life and work upon graduation. The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) sponsored a state-wide survey of alumni satisfaction in 2001 and it indicated that MSU alumni were highly satisfied with the education they received and felt prepared for life and work. The MSU internal survey of alumni indicates that 75 percent found employment within six months of graduation.

 

Dr. Jordan said in addition to expanding the intellectual capital of the state and contributing to the quality of life in Kentucky, MSU has a positive economic impact on the region and the state, including: 1) $240,242,810 in direct benefit from MSU to Kentucky's economy annually; 2) $178,207,000 in direct benefit to the west Kentucky region annually; 3) an addition of 8,625 full-time jobs in Kentucky; and 4) $549,122,657 in earning power of MSU graduates annually. She also discussed MSU's bachelor degree programs, and regional outreach and civic engagement efforts.

 

Dr. Jordan said MSU supports the "2020" goals, but recognizes that reaching the goals will be a challenge. Some challenges are: limited resources; demographics in the region; Fort Campbell deployment; and competition from for-profit educational outfits. She emphasized that the "2020" goals are important to the future of the Commonwealth.

 

Senator Winters asked for elaboration on the for-profit institutions not playing by the same rules. Dr. Gary Brockway, MSU Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, said that some institutions offer programs in the area that do not have the quality in terms of faculty, the amount of exposure that students have to technology, library resources, and other measures that ensure a quality learning environment. Senator Winters asked for specific names. Dr. Miller said they are in the newspaper every week, but chose not to identify specific entities.

 

Representative Marzian congratulated the MSU faculty on their success since the implementation of House Bill 1. She said since high school graduation rates remain flat, she asked if the increase in enrollments were attributed to non-traditional students. Dr. Jordan said yes, the increased enrollments were due to adult learners, using blended courses that are delivered on-line and require adult students to attend campus on a limited basis. She said these blended courses are important for the future because they are conducive to adults' schedules.

 

Representative Marzian asked if MSU non-traditional students affected the graduation rate. Dr. Jordan said it does have an impact on the graduation rate because it primarily takes adult learners longer to graduate since they enroll in only a few classes at a time, as well as affecting the retention rate.

 

Representative Siler said he was very pleased with the reports from the UK and MSU. He said they had made great strides at an accelerated pace, and he wanted to express his appreciation.

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. Gary Ransdell, Western Kentucky University (WKU) President, who presented his 2004-2005 annual report and strategic planning for the future. He thanked the subcommittee members for the budget that was passed for the present biennium, and he said WKU is making significant progress with the funding that has been provided.

 

Dr. Ransdell said that WKU has been the fastest growing university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for the last nine years. He said WKU's undergraduate enrollment in the fall of 2004 was 15,846. He noted that graduation rates have also increased from 37 to 47 percent since the implementation of House Bill 1.

 

Dr. Ransdell said that WKU had 2,849 employees in the fall of 2004, with 682 full-time faculty, an increase from 565 in the fall of 2000. He noted an important statistic that nearly 60 percent of WKU's faculty has been at WKU for less than five years. This statistic reflects the growth in faculty positions, as well as the highly credentialed nature of the faculty.

 

Dr. Ransdell said WKU is committed to reaching its goals by working with the General Assembly, as well as finding creative and innovative ways to generate private dollars, demonstrating good business practices, and redirecting internal funding to meet the goals of House Bill 1. He said WKU's mission has expanded from just educating students, to stewarding the quality of life, and improving the quality of life, of people within the region.

 

Dr. Ransdell discussed the 2004-2005 progress reports and indicated that these reports were direct measures of the five strategic goals if the institution. He also discussed details of the strategic plan for 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. A detailed summary is in the handout located in the meeting folder in the LRC library.

 

Dr. Ransdell directed the members to the handout in the back of the annual report that applies actual dollars to items within WKU's strategic plan. He said the projects on the list are WKU's priorities, and certain highlighted items are the initiatives that WKU is going to devote the $5.8 million dollars in increased funding for the second year of the biennium that was received from the General Assembly. The items on the list that are not highlighted are priorities that WKU will pay for and support through tuition generated revenues.

 

Dr. Ransdell noted that one highlighted priority is to increase the minority enrollment by ten percent at a cost of $500,000, while another priority is to increase applied research grants and contract to $50 million with specific emphasis on technology transfer and commercialization at a cost of $2.5 million. He also said that increased program opportunities will be offered in Owensboro and Glasgow, and extended campus sites, that increase degree production by 50 percent. WKU will focus on implementing the Kentucky Academy of Mathematics and Science to provide rigorous educational opportunities for gifted and talented high school junior and seniors, encouraging them to remain in Kentucky, and doubling the enrollment in the Honor's program by attracting and graduating Kentucky's most gifted students. The complete list is located in the meeting folder located in the LRC library.    

 

Representative Marzian told Dr. Ransdell that the reports were an excellent tool for the public and policymakers. She also congratulated Dr. Ransdell on WKU's gender/ethnicity pay equity analysis for all full-time faculty and staff, and the salary adjustments made as a result of the study.          

 

Representative Marzian asked for a motion to approve the minutes upon the subcommittee obtaining a quorum. Representative Siler made the motion to approve the minutes, seconded by Senator Winters. The minutes were approved by voice vote.                                              

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. James Votruba, President, Northern Kentucky University (NKU), who gave a background on statistics since reform began in fiscal year 1998. He said the total enrollment rose from 11,799 to 14,665 this year, a 24 percent increase. NKU's undergraduate enrollment has increased by 19 percent, from 10,643 to 12,676 this year. The graduate and first-professional enrollment has also increased from 1,156 to 1,989 this year, a 72 percent increase.

 

Dr. Votruba discussed the six-year graduation rate. He said NKU's graduation rate increased from 33.3 percent in 2002-2003 to 41 percent in 2004-2005, an increase of 7.7 percentage points. The total number of degrees awarded increased has by 43 percent from 1,675 to 2,398 this year.

 

Dr. Votruba said NKU's Center for Integrated Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) served nearly 10,000 P-12 students through math and science enrichment programs over the last year. CINSAM provided professional development opportunities in math and science to over 1,400 P-12 teachers last year.

 

Dr. Votruba said NKU is a state and national leader in its efforts to measure the institution's impact on the region through community engagement. Based upon survey responses, NKU reported that in 2005-2006: NKU faculty and administrative staff were involved in 1,198 community engagement activities; and NKU faculty and administrative staff were involved in 644 individual community projects.

 

Dr. Votruba said NKU recognizes and accepts its role as a jobs and revenue producer for the state. Over the last decade, 50,000 jobs have been created in the region. Northern Kentucky was also responsible for 32 percent of the state's new jobs, created between 1998-2003, despite having only 8.2 percent of the state's population.

 

Dr. Votruba said NKU is deeply committed to fostering Northern Kentucky's vision of being an economic engine for the Commonwealth, while doing its part to help reach the goal of having 400,000 additional college graduates living in Kentucky by the year 2020. It is fully prepared to make the necessary adjustments to compete with communities such as Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Denver, Colorado.

 

Dr. Votruba detailed some conditions that would be in place by 2015, assuming necessary investments are made. A few are: 1) NKU would serve 22,000 students, up from 14,000 in 2005, with marked increases in the number of Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) transfer students, adult learners students from the region's rural counties, and older workers retrained for knowledge economy jobs; 2) NKU's graduation rate exceeds it's national benchmarks; 3) NKU awards degrees to 3000 graduates, with a record number in the information sciences, allied health care, science and financial related disciplines, matching the region's target economic growth areas, and a strong representation of African American, Hispanic, and other traditionally under-represented populations; 4) the skill sets of NKU graduates match the job needs projected in the region's associated industries in 2006; and 5) NKU exceeds the national average of graduates retained in the local economy through its innovative corporate partnership program. A comprehensive list of the conditions are located in the meeting folder in the LRC library.

Dr. Votruba discussed six interconnected strategic directions that NKU will try to meet in order to compete in the future. The six goals areas include: 1) achieving a competitive economy by exceeding the national growth rate in new jobs and average household income; 2) achieving educational excellence by ensuring that children enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to succeed, elementary and middle school students are prepared to move to the next level, high school students are prepared for post-secondary education and work, and post-secondary graduates are prepared for graduate education or careers; 3) having livable communities by expanding parks, improving lifestyles, protecting the environment, promoting arts and culture, having an affordable cost of living, friendly neighborhoods, and vibrant recreational opportunities; 4) obtaining an urban renaissance by leveraging assets to increase economic and social value within the regional and global marketplace, and enhancing the urban core through collaborative relationships with the suburbs; 5) having effective governance by the local governments in Northern Kentucky working together to improve the effectiveness of government services, maximize efficiency in utilizing resources, and improve the quality of life and economic well-being of the region; and 6) cultivating regional stewardship as a defining quality of the region by utilizing leaders at every level and across every sector who care deeply about overall regional progress and are committed to turning "Vision 2015" into reality.

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. Gary Cox, President, The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), who reported on the 2005 annual report and strategic planning for the future. He encouraged members to thoroughly review the annual report and handouts at their leisure.

Dr. Cox said the AIKCU has 19 non-profit institutions with over 95,000 alumni living in Kentucky. He said the AIKCU members employ over 5,000 people, and train about one third of Kentucky's teachers. He said they enroll 25,000 students, with 18,000 being from within Kentucky. AIKCU is responsible for eleven percent of Kentucky's postsecondary enrollment, and 26 percent of students are 25 years or older. They are being served in traditional campus settings and through accelerated degree completion programs, extended campus offerings, partnerships with community colleges, distance learning programs, and other innovative delivery methods. He noted that 97 percent of AIKCU students receive some form of financial aid, and over 40 percent of their students receive Pell grants. Nearly eight percent of all AIKCU students are racial or ethnic minorities, and 5.7 percent are African-American.

Dr. Cox said the largest institution is Bellarmine University with 3,000 students, and several institutions have over 1,000 students. AIKCU's strength is individual attention to students, and a primary focus in on enrolling students that transfer from KCTCS. He said AIKCU offers 165 undergraduate degree programs, and award more than 5,000 degrees annually. AIKCU awards 22 percent of Kentucky's bachelor's degrees, and grant one fourth of the nursing degrees in the state.

Dr. Cox invited the subcommittee members to visit any of the campus sites, and encouraged members to peruse the materials in the meeting folder.

With no further business before the committee, the meeting adjourned at 11:35 a.m.