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College Expands Its Academic Programs

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“It enhances opportunities for faculty in research and academic achievement, it sustains multi-disciplinary education in family and consumer sciences, it enhances the university’s outreach through the Cooperative Extension Service, and it magnifies the work our Extension agents are doing in a variety of areas.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

“The College of Agriculture has always had close ties to HES programs through our Cooperative Extension programs in family and consumer science, so we view this expansion as a natural enhancement of what we already do. We welcome these faculty and students to our college, and we look forward to the new opportunities this creates.”

-- M. Scott Smith,
dean,
UK College of Agriculture

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August 7, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has expanded its academic programs with the inclusion of faculty, staff and students from the College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES).

Three of the four academic departments formerly associated with HES – Family Studies; Nutrition and Food Sciences; and Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles – will form the new School of Human Environmental Sciences within the College of Agriculture. The School of Interior Design earlier was moved from HES to the College of Design.

UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. said the new administrative configuration enables the university to better serve the families and consumers of Kentucky and the nation by going to the heart of UK’s pursuit of a higher purpose while serving the entire state.

“It enhances opportunities for faculty in research and academic achievement, it sustains multi-disciplinary education in family and consumer sciences, it enhances the university’s outreach through the Cooperative Extension Service, and it magnifies the work our Extension agents are doing in a variety of areas,” Todd said.

The School of Human Environmental Sciences increases the number of College of Agriculture academic departments from 12 to 15. The expansion places 28 additional faculty and about 600 students under the responsibility of College of Agriculture Dean M. Scott Smith.

“The College of Agriculture has always had close ties to HES programs through our Cooperative Extension programs in family and consumer science, so we view this expansion as a natural enhancement of what we already do,” Smith said. “We welcome these faculty and students to our college, and we look forward to the new opportunities this creates.”

The new school includes undergraduate programs in dietetics, food science and human nutrition; hospitality management and tourism; merchandising and apparel; and family and consumer sciences. Additionally, the College of Agriculture will add master’s degree programs in biochemical nutrition; food science; community nutrition; merchandising, apparel and textiles; vocational home economics education; and marriage and family therapy.

College affiliation of UK’s early childhood education program is under review.

Day-to-day operations of agriculture’s School of Human Environmental Sciences will be managed by a director. The position remains vacant at this time.

“As the roles of this office are more clearly defined, and as the need becomes apparent, I will consider appointing an acting director this fall,” Smith said.

Smith said he places a high priority on ensuring a smooth transition for the school’s faculty and staff and already has started meeting with various groups and committees to address questions regarding HES student recruitment and advising, as well as issues associated with curriculum requirements.


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