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NEW UK TASK FORCES
TO STUDY TOP 20 MEASURES,
FUTURE FACULTY

By Ralph Derickson

 

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The Top 20 Task Force is co-chaired by Phyllis Nash and Michael T. Nietzel. The UK Futures: Faculty for the 21st Century Task Force will be co-chaired by Eugenia Toma and David Watt.

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Aug. 31, 2001 -- (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. has appointed two task forces that will advise the university about measures to be used in assessing UK's climb to top 20 status and UK's future faculty needs.

The Top 20 Task Force is co-chaired by Phyllis Nash, associate vice president for academic and student affairs, and Acting Provost Michael T. Nietzel. The 20-member group will identify criteria UK will use to chart its progress toward becoming one of the nation's top 20 public research universities.

The UK Futures: Faculty for the 21st Century Task Force will be co-chaired by Eugenia Toma, director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, and David Watt, executive dean of the College of Medicine.

The future faculty task force has three charges:

* Assess the current status of the university's scholarly and educational strengths as well as its best opportunities for initiatives with a high potential for excellence,

* Recommend seven to 10 areas of contemporary scholarship that should be the priorities for investments of new and reallocated resources, particularly the addition of faculty positions, and

* Propose specific options for academic restructuring and reorganization that will promote interdisciplinary innovations, strengthen research and degree programs, increase administrative efficiency, and generate additional savings in administrative costs that can be reallocated to academic priorities.

The future faculty task force will complete its report by Dec. 31.

A list of its members can be accessed by clicking here.  The Top 20 Task Force is expected to develop a Web site in the near future. 


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