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As you can see in the following pages, Eastern Kentucky University has embraced the opportunity to lead through challenges. Through our first-rate academic programs, a deep passion for the success of all our students, and an unwavering commitment to regional stewardship, we are continually transforming lives and communities. Ever mindful of our role as stewards of the public trust and our responsibility to Kentucky taxpayers, our mantra at EKU remains “Make No Little Plans.” That is why we can confidently say it’s a great time to be a Colonel, and know that the best is yet to come.

Michael T. Benson President, EKU @ekuprez

STUDENT SUCCESS • Near-record enrollment (approximately 17,000) in Fall 2016 • 2016 freshman class best academically prepared in University history • 22.6 composite ACT • 3.31 high school GPA • Increasingly, EKU “College of Choice” for high school seniors, especially in service region; more than 75% of all freshmen listed Eastern as first choice on financial aid forms.






74.4 %







• STEM-H degrees up 26% over last five years. Number of freshmen enrolling in STEM disciplines up significantly. Opening of Phase 2 of New Science Building in 2017 should accelerate that growth. • Online enrollment biggest area of growth; more than 3,200 enrolled online, more than double number four years ago. • Four-year graduation rate has nearly doubled in past seven years. Five-year and six-year graduation rates also at all-time highs. • New scholarship for qualified first-generation students, and additional scholarship support for minorities and other underrepresented populations.

STUDENT PROFILE • More than 40% of students will be first in families to earn college degree. • Primary service region contains some of poorest counties in U.S. • Low-income students comprise 43% of undergraduate population – 2nd among Kentucky comprehensives. • 85% of undergraduates receive financial aid. • 2,000 first-time transfers each year. • Almost 5,000 students reside in on-campus housing.

“KEntucky’s university” • EKU grads contribute to Commonwealth’s economy by working in Kentucky after graduation: 76% of EKU degree holders are employed in Kentucky after graduation, highest percentage of all public four-year institutions in state. • At all degree levels, EKU graduates have highest Kentucky employment rates 5 years post-graduation. • Many graduates serving in positions vital to local quality of life: first responders and other safety professionals; teachers and school administrators; and nurses, occupational therapists and other health care professionals. • Many nursing graduates employed in medically underserved counties in eastern Kentucky. • Largest number (more than 1,500) of enrolled military veterans and dependents among Kentucky public institutions. EKU consistently ranks among national leaders in Military Times’ “Best for Vets” survey. Nearly 89% of EKU undergraduates are Kentucky residents, highest of all public, four-year institutions in Kentucky. Typically, every county represented in student body.



ACADEMIC DISTINCTION • Approximately 100 degree programs at all levels, some nationally prominent, including: • • • • • • • • • •

Justice Studies Safety, Security and Emergency Management Occupational Therapy Environmental Health Science ASL and Interpreter Education Aviation Professional Golf Association/Golf Management Animal Studies Forensic Science Game Design

• Named among Top 125 STEM Colleges and Universities in U.S. for 2015 by Victory Media. • One of only three institutions in U.S. to receive 2014 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes, awarded by Council for Higher Education Accreditation. • Ranked first among Kentucky colleges and universities offering online degrees, according to Affordable Colleges Online. • In 2016, Honors Scholar/Colonel quarterback Tyler Swafford became first student from any public university in Kentucky to ever win prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship in 20-year history of program.

Tyler Swafford EKU Honors Scholar and Mitchell Scholarship Award Winner

DOING UNIVERSITY OUR PART: SAVINGS • Program Review = $615,000 • Early Retirement Program = $415,219 • Health Care Plan = $1,019,520 • Cell Phone Plan = $200,000 • Changes in Part Time Benefits = $114,000 • Shuttle Lease and Transportation = $185,000 • Police Hazard Duty = $329,367 • Personnel Review = $1,627,269

$4.5 M

ACCOLADES • Received Minority Access Diversity Institution Award for sixth consecutive year. Eastern one of only four universities in Kentucky to receive award in 2016, and only one to receive it each of past six years. • Also received Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity Magazine. • Among 68 four-year colleges and universities nationwide named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the fifth time in eight years to earn this honor • Among only 361 colleges and universities nationwide selected by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive 2015 Community Engagement Classification. • Recognized five consecutive years by Washington Monthly for Contributions to the Public Good. • First LEED Gold-certified residence hall on public university campus in Kentucky opened at EKU in 2014. • Model Laboratory School, only remaining Pre-K-12 lab school in Kentucky, ranked in top 2 percent of nation’s public high schools for past two years, according to Newsweek.

Dr. David McFaddin, Vice President OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS david.mcfaddin @ ( 859 ) 622 - 6220 521 Lancaster Avenue, CPO 41A, Coates 101 Richmond, KY 40475



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EKU Legislative Briefing 2017  
EKU Legislative Briefing 2017