The College’s new equine science and management program has to be the most significant academic milestone for 2007-2008. UK now has an undergraduate equine program that matches the prominence of the equine industry in Kentucky.
In planning the program, we involved the equine community, the faculty, and our students in listening sessions.
Equine industry leaders helped us map out specifics of what courses should look like. Dan Rosenberg, president and chief operating officer of Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, and Norm Luba, president of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, served on the curriculum development committee. (Rosenberg has since been named executive-in-residence for the Equine Initiative.)
I think we listened well.
Now, we’re fielding inquiries about the program not only nationally, but internationally. (Read more about this program elsewhere in this issue in A New Era Begins.)
The College of Agriculture remains committed to training people who will farm or work in agriculture-related businesses. But in the 21st century, training students in cutting-edge science is the focus of many of our programs so that our graduates can apply science to solve real-world problems.
We’re so grateful to our donors for building up our scholarship program in the past few years. In the not-too-distant future, we expect to be awarding more than $800,000 a year in scholarships.
Other giving opportunities also exist. If you have a particular interest in student travel or undergraduate research, in leadership development or even new academic facilities, the giving opportunity is there.
Please drop me a line if you have questions, suggestions, or ideas. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Mike Mullen, Associate Dean,
Office for Academic Programs
N-6, Agricultural Science Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0091
By the Numbers
2,107 students were enrolled as undergraduates in the College of Agriculture.
489 Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded in 2007.
Number of students enrolled in the first semester of the Equine Science & Management Program was 45.
The 2nd highest number of requests for academic information from the UK Admissions Office was for the Equine Science & Management program.
60% of the College’s enrollment is female.
$627,198 in scholarship money was awarded by the College of Agriculture and the School of Human Environmental Sciences.
Merchandising, Apparel, &Textiles had 241 students enrolled, making it the largest undergraduate program in the School of Human Environmental Sciences.
446 students are enrolled in the College’s graduate programs.
90% of graduating seniors would recommend their major to someone else.
The largest undergraduate program in the College is Animal Sciences, with 253 students enrolled.
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