universities go through accreditation reaffirmation
every 10 years, but this is not a routine activity.
The self-study and the team visit help us identify
both our strengths and our weaknesses, so we can build
on those strengths and correct our deficiencies."
John J. Piecoro Jr.,
director, UK self-study
16, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. today
outlined his vision for the university to 27 visiting
academicians here to reaffirm UK's accreditation.
to representatives of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools, Todd noted the value of the
state's "Bucks for Brains" program designed
to attract more world-class faculty to campus. He
noted the funding for the program is likely to shift
from direct allocations from the state budget to bond
few surprises, although he used the occasion to announce
his administration has created a new position: a vice
president for academic outreach and community service.
Advertising for that position begins this week.
revealed that he and Acting Provost Michael Nietzel
are discussing possible ways for UK and area independent
colleges to jointly hire faculty. This would permit
the independents to employ strong teachers who could
pursue their research interests at UK.
the joint hire discussions are an example of how UK
is reaching out to other higher-learning institutions
in Kentucky -- not just the independents, but also
to the University of Louisville and Kentucky's other
public comprehensive universities.
declared peace with the University of Louisville,"
Todd quipped, referring to his bridge-building effort
to overcome a long-standing -- and, he said, unproductive
-- rivalry with Kentucky's other major research university.
remarks launched the visit by
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Commission on Colleges, led by University of Alabama
President Emeritus E. Roger Sayers. The group arrived
in Lexington Monday and completed organizational meetings.
welcomed the group to UK at a reception and dinner
Monday night at Spindletop Hall, a UK-owned estate
north of Lexington near the Kentucky Horse Park.
remarks, the visiting team began two days of some
500 interviews with students, faculty and administrators,
evaluating UK's academic, athletic, student affairs
and other programs.
team will base much of its activity on the results
of a two-year university self-study directed by John
J. Piecoro Jr., professor in the College of Pharmacy.
go through accreditation reaffirmation every 10 years,
but this is not a routine activity. The self-study
and the team visit help us identify both our strengths
and our weaknesses, so we can build on those strengths
and correct our deficiencies," Piecoro said.
universities represented on the visiting team are
the University of Florida, the University of Georgia,
Duke University, the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.