Annual Report 2011-2012
The Office of Academic Programs works with outstanding faculty and staff in 17 different undergraduate programs across the College of Agriculture, including the School of Human Environmental Sciences, to provide a high quality education to nearly 2,500 students.
Enrollment continued to increase, officially reaching 2,446 students, an increase of more than 3 percent over the previous year. The greatest growth occurred in two clusters of majors: food, animal and biotechnology, an increase of 28 percent, and environment and sustainability, an increase of 26 percent.
A key step we took as a college to improve our service to students has been to bring on several new academic coordinators. Geri Philpott (Natural Resources and Environmental Science), Liz Combs ( Dietetics and Human Nutrition), and Ann Leed (Animal and Food Sciences) joined Esther Fleming (Agricultural Biotechnology) and Laura Lhotka (Forestry) this past year, and all of them have made great strides in helping students in various ways.
Academic Programs staff continues to provide strong support for student advising, curriculum development, student retention, recruiting (through the new imAGine materials), and scholarships.
We continue to strengthen the Agriculture Residential College as an on-campus home for some of our College freshmen.
We would love to tell you all 2,446 students’ stories, but here are just a couple to whet your appetite to learn more about what the College’s students have been doing lately:
Meredith Cinnamon, who graduated in May 2012 with double degrees in Career and Technical Education—Family and Consumer Science Education and Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, is from Salvisa. She’s been president of both clubs connected with her majors and is returning to the College for graduate studies in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles.
Philip Houtz, from Lexington, graduated this May with his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural biotechnology. He has been both a Beckman Scholar and a Goldwater Scholar and has focused on research in Professor Bruce Webb’s laboratory in the Department of Entomology.
We thank you for your support of our college and the many ways that you provide financial, career, and other opportunities for our students. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Larry J. Grabau
Associate Dean for Instruction
Office of Academic Programs
N-6 Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky