Interim Joint Committee on Education

 

Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education

 

Minutes of the<MeetNo1> 4th Meeting

of the 2006 Interim

 

<MeetMDY1> November 13, 2006

 

The<MeetNo2> fourth meeting of the Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Interim Joint Committee on Education was held on<Day> Monday,<MeetMDY2> November 13, 2006, at<MeetTime> 10:30 AM, in<Room> Hartman Room of Holmes High School in Covington, Kentucky. 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, Johnny Ray Turner, and Ken Winters; Representatives C. B. Embry Jr., Bill Farmer, Reginald K. Meeks, Tom Riner, and Addia Wuchner.

 

Guests:  Lee Nimmocks, Council on Postsecondary Education; Wayne Young, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents.

 

LRC Staff:  Audrey Carr, Sandy Deaton, Janet Stevens, Janet Oliver, and Lisa Moore.

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. Joanne Glasser, President, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), who gave a presentation on strategic planning for EKU and alignment with the public agenda for postsecondary education. She said EKU has five institutional goals that support and give substance to EKU's core values, mission, and vision statements, and present opportunities and challenges. They are: 1) to promote and support and inclusive climate that respects and celebrates diversity by attracting, developing and educating a diverse student, faculty and staff population; 2) to continuously assess and improve the services and infrastructure of the university to support and maintain high-quality programs; 3) to promote learning through high-quality programs, research and support services; 4) to develop and enhance an environment facilitating intellectual curiosity, cultural opportunities and problem-solving  abilities for members of the university community; 5) to increase and enhance external, and internal constituency engagement, while maintaining a connection with the southeastern region of Kentucky.

 

Dr. Glasser said EKU is a leading producer of classroom teachers and school administrators. EKU takes very seriously the responsibility to prepare graduates who can take Kentucky's public schools to the next level of excellence. EKU will measure performance in this area by maintaining a score of 3.50 or above on the Education Professional Standards Board's quality performance index.

 

Dr. Glasser said EKU is measuring the net cost of attending EKU as a percentage of median family income and making every effort to ensure that EKU remains a school of opportunity by increasing its commitment to need-based financial aid. In fact, the university sets aside in its base budget three million dollars for need-based financial aid. This amount, which is more than any other  institution in Kentucky, enables EKU to provide more than three thousand grants to the neediest of students.

 

Dr. Glasser said the majority of EKU students are the first in their families to attend college and many could be classified as at-risk and underprepared for college academics. She said many measurements deal with enrollment and degrees, but also with retention and graduation rates. She established a retention and graduation task force to develop strategies that could be used broadly throughout the university as a guide to enhance the retention and graduation of EKU's undergraduate students.

 

Dr. Glasser said the task force has provided a preliminary report that discusses factors influencing undergraduate retention and graduation at EKU. One key factor is the preparedness of high school graduates to do college-level academic work, which is a nationwide concern. She said the task force is also looking at ways to assist the students who are underprepared when they arrive at the university. The preliminary task force report also provides recommendations for improvement based on best-practices research and identifies other areas for review. 

 

Dr. Glasser said the task force will next focus on determining how EKU can achieve the retention and graduation targets prescribed in our 2006-2010 strategic plan as well as the Council on Postsecondary Education's 2007 key indicator goals for EKU and will project the budgetary impact of recommended strategies and practices.

 

Dr. Glasser said EKU's strategic plan requires preparing students to be citizens who are engaged in lifelong learning, civic participation, and volunteerism. The strategic plan challenges students, faculty and staff to become engaged in all these activities.

 

Dr. Glasser said the strategic plan also calls for the university to increase and enhance external engagement, particularly with the primary service region of southeastern Kentucky. EKU also supports goals to obtain outside research funding, build business and community partnerships, and involve faculty and staff engagement within the community.

 

Dr. Glasser said if EKU is to continue to grow and meet the long-range educational attainment goals of the CPE and the Commonwealth, it will need the continued financial support to provide for additional facilities, faculty and staff, and support for services and technology. EKU has also created the first comprehensive capital campaign in the university's history and has surpassed the halfway mark toward its $25 million dollar goal.

 

Dr. Glasser summarized by stating that there is no better investment in Kentucky than in higher education, and a recent independent economic impact study confirmed that EKU directly and indirectly created 4,300 jobs in Madison County alone. She said the study also showed that $242 million dollars in direct spending can be attributed to EKU and another $172 million dollars in indirect spending.

 

Dr. Glasser noted that the number of degrees that EKU grants creates a $630 million dollar increase human capital per year. She said when that figured is compared to the approximately $70 million dollars in annual state appropriations, the Commonwealth is getting a nine to one return on its investment.

 

Representative Marzian commended Dr. Glasser on her six years at EKU and for reaching out to a diverse population.

 

Representative Wuchner commented on the diverse regions of the state and the type of qualities in a community that attract business and industry to locate in a region. She said companies are looking for quality schools from the elementary level up, accessible health care for people of all ages, safe neighborhoods, and leisure activities. Dr. Glasser agreed, and said it all starts with a good, quality education.

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. Mary Evans Sias, President, Kentucky State University (KSU), who said she was excited about the opportunity to talk about the progress KSU has made on its strategic planning, the public agenda, and future challenges that KSU faces. She said strategic planning is one of the most powerful tools any university can use to help set its course. It is not just the plan that is important, but the participation by various constituent groups that is also essential. She said the broad-based participation by various stakeholders provides not only input, but also broad-based buy-in.

 

Dr. Sias said KSU has turned its attention toward the future and aligning the university's unique needs and related plans with the CPE's agenda. Over the last year, KSU has studied itself to answer the following questions: 1) What does KSU need to do to meet the needs of the students, the community and the Commonwealth? 2) What will it take to accomplish these goals? and 3) How long will it take to get there?

 

Dr. Sias said the university's number one goal is to grow its enrollment by 4,400 by the year 2020. In the Fall of 2005, KSU had, at the time, its largest freshman class, followed by a larger freshman class this fall. She said again this fall, KSU had the largest percentage growth of all comprehensive institutions in the Commonwealth. The university will continue to grow by continuing to bring in larger freshman classes while also addressing the remediation and retention problems.

 

Dr. Sias said the remediation and persistence issues are being successfully addressed through the Summer Academic Bridge Program. The persistence rate from the pilot class was 100 percent. The plan is to expand this program to 200 students in the summer of 2007 and increase this number, if necessary, every year thereafter.

 

Dr. Sias said KSU must expand its course and degree offerings to meet the needs of today's students, and eliminate programs that are not contributing to student graduation or to the university as a whole. She said three master's degree programs have been added over the last two years: an MBA, a master's in Computer Science and a newly approved online master's in Special Education that will begin in 2007. The university has identified other programs that it might bring forward in the near future for consideration by the CPE.

 

Dr. Sias said 80 percent of KSU graduates are being placed in jobs. More importantly, through the Office of Career Counseling and Placement, there was an 11.6 percent increase in placement of KSU students in cooperative education positions. In addition, the Kentucky Department of Transportation scholarships and internships have been awarded to students, and assistantships also have been awarded to graduate students. She said current data indicates a 60 percent increase in the number of students served and a 62 percent increase in the number of students placed in jobs after graduation.

 

Dr. Sias said KSU's primary goals include: 1) growing the university's enrollment to 4,400 by 2020; 2) increasing the number of conferred degrees by 153 percent in 2020; 3) increasing the six-year graduation rate by five percent in 2007; and 4) increasing the presence and contributions of KSU and its graduates in the community and in the Commonwealth. She said these goals will be accomplished in several ways, all of which support the CPE's public agenda. A detailed handout is included in the meeting folder in the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) library.

 

Dr. Sias concluded by stating KSU's needs and future challenges. She said KSU is fulfilling its obligation to increase enrollment, but needs capital money in order to deal with the growing enrollment. KSU is out of student housing at 98 percent occupancy and therefore needs more dormitory space and classroom buildings. She said KSU needs a new business building, a new performing arts center, and an expansion of the nursing building.

 

Representative Marzian asked Dr. Sias how KSU increased its enrollment by 50 percent. Dr. Sias said it was hard work and a result of new marketing strategies. She anticipates enrolling over 700 new freshman next year.

 

Representative Meeks commended Dr. Sias for her representation of KSU with compassion, professionalism, and poise. He communicated to the members of the committee that it would be instructive to hear the message of Dr. Sias that 80 percent of incoming freshman students need remedial help. He said no postsecondary institution in the state of Kentucky should have this burden placed upon them.

 

Representative Meeks asked Dr. Sias what KSU does to help small family farmers. Dr. Sias says KSU provides resources for small family farmers, and have extension agencies that will go to the farms and work with them. She said KSU hosts monthly third Thursday workshops that are a major feature of the Land Grant's Small Farm Program. The workshops are designed to educate small farmers in the areas of new enterprise development, farm production practices, sustainable agriculture systems, budgeting, record keeping, the use of United States Department of Agriculture agencies and marketing systems. She said KSU also helps farmers who are moving away from tobacco to grow aquaculture products such as tilapia, catfish, and largemouth bass.

Dr. Sias said 75 percent of KSU's research farm is all natural products. KSU is also helping small family farmers with harvesting bees and also has a goat specialist on the farm to help farmers who are raising goats.

 

Representative Meeks asked Dr. Sias if KSU was receiving federal dollars to help with the program for small family farmers. Dr. Sias said yes, and the land grant program has 104 employees associated with it and it is 20 percent of the university's operating budget. Representative Meeks says this shows that KSU is a resource for the entire Commonwealth and the General Assembly needs to provide the resources that KSU needs. Dr. Sias commented that parking is an immediate need the university has to address as they are completely out of parking spaces.

 

Representative Wuchner commended Dr. Sias that 79 percent of the underprepared students who enroll at KSU go on to graduate. She said statistics normally show that 40 to 60 percent of underprepared students usually drop out before or during their second year of college.

 

Representative Marzian asked for the presentation from the University of Morehead (MSU). Ms. Beth Patrick, Vice President for Planning, Budgets, and Technology, MSU, gave regrets for Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, President, MSU, as a last minute issue prevented him from testifying before the committee. She spoke regarding MSU's strategic plan and explained how it aligns with the CPE's public agenda.

 

Ms. Patrick said MSU is calling their strategic plan "ASPIRE" to supplement their vision statement to be the best public regional university in the South. "ASPIRE" is MSU's strategic plan for 2006-2010 and stands for: Academic Excellence; Student Success; Productive Partnerships; Improved Infrastructure; Resource Enhancement; and Enrollment and Retention Gains.

 

Ms. Patrick said that key indicator goals align with the CPE public agenda questions. Some key indicator goals for MSU include: quality of K-12 teacher preparation programs; undergraduate fall enrollments would increase from 7,549 in 2005 to 8,050 in 2007; graduate and first-professional fall enrollments would increase from 1,513 in 2005 to 1,650 in 2007; degrees and credentials awarded by level would increase from 1,461 in 2005-2006 to 1,505 in 2007-2008; minority degrees and credentials awarded by level would increase from 44 in 2005-2006 to 58 in 2007-2008; total degrees and credentials awarded to minorities; six-year graduation rate; transfers from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; student engagement in the undergraduate learning experience; civic participation of students; and extramural research and development funding. A detailed copy of the handout with data and numbers from 2000-2001 to 2007-2008 is included in the meeting folder in the LRC library.

 

Ms. Patrick said MSU serves a unique region in eastern Kentucky. She said MSU has capital and funding needs. She said funding is needed through continued support from the legislature and the Governor, private funding, and allocating internal resources to ensure they are strategically used in the most effective way possible.

 

Representative Marzian introduced Dr. James Ramsey, President, University of Louisville (U of L), who discussed U of L's goals to become a premier metropolitan research university, which is the language used in House Bill 1 that was enacted in 1997. He said U of L's strategic plan is built around that goal as well as a community agenda that was a vision put into place prior to House Bill 1.

 

Dr. Ramsey said a big issue facing Louisville in 1996 was how to replace the lost manufacturing jobs and ensure future economic growth. The response was the 1996 "Boyle Report" that said to build new job clusters in health care and life sciences and logistics and distribution management. It also stated that Louisville needs a top research university to "unleash the potential of economic growth in all sectors of its economy."

 

Dr. Ramsey said the challenge set forth U of L's "Vision for Excellence in 2008," which included 11 goals to be met by 2008. He said Goal 1 was to achieve classification as a Carnegie I university, and this goal was completed

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 2 was to have a national reputation for its quality undergraduate program. This was measured by improving the quality of incoming students by looking at ACT scores. In 1997, incoming U of L students had an average score of 21.3 on the ACT, and this increased to 24.2 in 2006. Goal 2 was also measured through increased graduation and retention rates; the Wall Street Journal survey named U of L one of the 30 top "feeder schools" to nation's top graduate schools; a record number of student awards such as Fulbright, Goldwater, and Rotary; and the honors program grew from 278 in 1999 to 818 in 2005.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 3 was to have at least 20 nationally recognized research and graduate and professional programs. There were 26 nationally recognized programs in 2006.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 4 was to attain designation as a National Institute of Health Cancer Center. He said the U of L Cancer Center application is to be submitted in 2007. There are more than 15 new cancer drugs under development, and U of L is one of the top five institutions in the country in terms of new drug development. He said nationally sponsored research funding grew from $300,000 in 1999 to $36 million in 2005, and the cancer capital campaign topped its $41 million, five-year goal in only 18 months; and the campaign continues.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 5 was to have 75 endowed chairs and professorships in key fields. This goal was completed and there were 54 endowed chairs and professorships in 1999, and 121 endowed chairs and professorships in the Fall of 2006. He said Goal 6 was to graduate at least 140 doctoral students per year, and there were 78 doctoral graduates in 1999, and 144 in 2006.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 7 was to increase federal research funding to more than $40 million annually and increase total sponsored funding to $80 million per year. This goal was completed and federal research funding rose from $9.7 million in fiscal year 1999 to $74.5 million in 2006, while total funding rose from $21 million in fiscal year 1998 and to $178 million in 2006. He said U of L had the fastest growth among research universities according to the National Institute for Health (NIH) with a 270 percent increase as of 2004.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 8 was to increase endowment from $255 million to $500 million. This goal was completed and endowment is currently $675.8 million as of June 30, 2006. He said U of L's endowment ranks 88th among 745 universities. Goal 9 was to increase significantly the number of business start-ups that develop from university research activity. This goal was completed and business start-ups grew from 0 to 22 between 1998 and 2006, including the successful Aptamera.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Goal 10 was to increase the number of patents and licenses based upon university research. This goal was completed with 31 patents issued between 1998 and 2006 for a cumulative total of 46. He said Goal 11 was to be recognized as a national leader for linking its resources to the needs of its community. This was completed and examples include: the Metropolitan College; Signature Partnership; Partnership for a Green City with Jefferson County Public Schools; VA Hospital; and Museum Plaza. He said U of L has met or exceeded 10 of 11 goals, and plans to achieve the NIH Cancer Center designation soon.

 

Dr. Ramsey discussed the shared system of accountability. He said some of the performance measures are shared goals, in which everyone at the university is held accountable. Some shared goals are: improving the graduation and retention rates; building research; diversity; collaborations and partnerships within the community, and accountability.

 

Dr. Ramsey said U of L is starting the next process for strategic planning through the year 2020 and in-line with CPE's timeline. The board of regents also wants U of L to begin their next major capital campaign effort, and a Vice President for Advancement has been hired to lead this effort.

 

Representative Marzian asked Dr. Ramsey to discuss the status of the U of L campus child care program. He said U of L has not had university sponsored child care in the past, but the need for this service is evident. He said U of L hired a consulting firm to work with the university and conduct a feasibility study. The results showed there a number of child care centers located within five miles of the university, but only 11 are accredited.

 

Dr. Ramsey said U of L is partnering with Project Women and is leasing space to them on the northwest corner of campus for $1.00 a year. In this space, Project Women will build a facility that will house 56 single mothers and allow them to start or continue their college education.

 

Dr. Ramsey said additional space will be set aside to provide day care to the children of the 56 single Project Women participants, and to start a day care program that will serve 250 children. He said most of the funding for the facility is coming through the Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the grant is expected to be awarded December 1, 2006. The facility should be operational by the fall semester of 2008.

 

Dr. Ramsey said Phase II of the child care initiative explores day care options for the Health Science Campus. He said U of L is looking at acquiring the old Male High School space, but there is not funding to purchase the property at this time. He said Phase III will to assess where U of L is in terms with the market and expand when feasible.

 

Representative Marzian said she is very excited about the upcoming campus child care program. She said there are an increased number of female students, faculty, and administrators. She said child care can help to reduce the loss of young academic talent, attract top undergraduate and graduate students, and support the non-traditional student.

 

Representative Meeks asked about the logistics and distribution management component of the "Boyle Report." He said most of U of L's focus has been on health care, and he wondered what the plan was for bumping up support for job sector in the logistics and distribution management area.

 

Dr. Ramsey said this job sector is growing outside of UPS. He said Louisville has a strong trucking industry, as well as commerce along the river. He said the Logistics and Distribution Institute is really a joint program between the business school and the engineering school. They provide the research and applied research and support to all sectors of logistics and distribution. He also said the health care and life sciences and the logistics and distribution are being brought together in an area called biologistics. He said tissues can be flown in overnight and tested in research laboratories near the airport, and the results emailed or faxed out the next day. Dr. Ramsey said "Bucks for Brains" professors and chairs have been allocated to the Logistics and Distribution Institute.

 

Representative Meeks asked how important the "Bucks for Brains" program is to U of L as well as to the entire community. Dr. Ramsey said the "Bucks for Brains" program is the most important thing that has happened to U of L. The program allows for top notch research that makes a difference in the lives of the people in Kentucky. "Bucks for Brains" has allowed the university to recruit quality researchers and faculty that have been invaluable in drug development, and assisted in creating the cervical cancer vaccine. Dr. Ramsey said U of L needs another round of funding for "Bucks for Brains" if they are to continue with groundbreaking research for the state.

 

Representative Meeks asked what level of funding is needed for the "Bucks for Brains" program. Dr. Ramsey said more is better, but 2003 was the last round of funding for "Bucks for Brains." He said $100 million is needed for human capital.

 

Representative Marzian said the "Bucks for Brains" program brings in economic development and she hates that it was neglected in 2004 and 2006. Dr. Ramsey said the CPE did make a recommendation for $30 million, but this is just not enough money.

 

With no further business before the committee, the meeting adjourned at 12:27 p.m.