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TOP 20 TASK FORCE
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By Ralph Derickson

 

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The report listed six major measures the university will employ in regularly assessing progress toward achieving recognition as one of the nation's top 20 premier public research universities.

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April 30, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) -- A University of Kentucky task force charged with establishing measures by which the University can be judged as it makes it climb to top 20 national status issued its report today. The Task Force was appointed by UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. soon after he became UK's 11th president.

The task force was co-chaired by Phyllis Nash, associate vice president for academic and student affairs for the UK Chandler Medical Center, and Michael T. Nietzel, acting provost.

The report listed six major measures the university will employ in regularly assessing progress toward achieving recognition as one of the nation's top 20 premier public research universities, co-chair Nash told UK Board of Trustees members in presenting the task force report today.

The report said UK should be judged by the following criteria:

-- A comprehensive array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, many with national prominence.

-- Attracting and graduating outstanding students capable of making significant contributions to their professions and communities.

-- A distinguished faculty whose research, service, scholarship, and teaching are exemplary.

-- The discovery, dissemination, and application of new and significant knowledge.

-- Diversity of thought, culture, gender, and ethnicity that creates communities of learning and appreciation at the University and beyond.

-- Improvements to the health and educational, social, economic and cultural well being of the citizens of the Commonwealth.

To see the entire report, click here.


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