GOAL VI Elevate the Quality of Life for Kentuckians

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Key Indicators
By 2006, we will:

  1. Develop and implement a plan for University engagement that integrates service into the curriculum and recognizes faculty engagement.
  2. Secure authorization and design a strategic clinical facility.
  3. Increase industry-funded research expenditures to $25 million.
  4. Increase the number of patent applications by 10 percent.
  5. Increase the number of start-up companies to two per year.
  6. Increase public service expenditures, particularly extramural grant-supported expenditures, in areas critical to improving the lives of Kentuckians.










ince its founding in 1865 as a land-grant college, the University of Kentucky has applied knowledge and resources to address the Commonwealth's economic, social and cultural needs. We must improve the lives of Kentuckians in the areas of education; health and economic well-being; arts and culture; community vitality and civic engagement; and the environment. We must identify new resources and find innovative ways to use existing means to elevate the quality of life for Kentuckians through partnerships with communities and by expanding and amplifying the original land-grant vision to all spheres of life.

  1. The University will engage its people and resources in a renewed commitment to outreach. University outreach and service bring together faculty, staff and students with practitioners, communities, government agencies, schools, businesses, and others to address critical quality of life problems. We must provide leadership to education, business, technology, medicine, and other areas. We must also recognize outreach as a means of education that transcends traditional classroom experiences. Outreach involves the application of knowledge and discovery to societal problems, and we must recognize and reward faculty and students for their outreach and service learning activities, including community involvement.
  2. The University will lead in the delivery of specialty care in select clinical areas. The University's clinical enterprise is an essential component in improving the lives of Kentuckians. To be successful, we must advance our position in local, state and national health care markets. We must realign current faculty, staff and facility capacities; consider new, alternative locations for hospital and faculty practice to attract a balanced mix of patients; and ensure access to priority programs for Kentuckians.
  3. The University will accelerate industry-funded research and partnerships, technology transfer, and business development to advance Kentucky's economy.   A premier land-grant university conducts research and supports the extension of research and other activities in ways that enhance the state economic base. As such, we have a dream that Kentuckians "can compete just like everyone else."   To turn our dreams into reality, we must seize opportunities to develop further our intellectual property, corporate relationships, and business ventures, and we must enhance our efforts to fulfill the vision and promise of the Coldstream Research Campus. 
  4. The University will expand utilization of its cooperative extension network to improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians. The Cooperative Extension Service has a long and successful history of serving as a link between the counties of the Commonwealth and the University of Kentucky to help people improve their lives. We must build upon the recent expansion of this network as a vehicle for the effective delivery of critical educational programs. We must promote public health education, small business and entrepreneurial initiatives, and arts and cultural development, while identifying additional areas of need.
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