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Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities

by Anthony,Hannah Katharine last modified Jul 17, 2009 03:50 PM

When the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) introduced the Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities in 1997, U of L eagerly embraced its mission. The Kentucky Plan was designed to ensure equal opportunity of access to and success in higher education at the state’s public colleges and universities by setting goals for African American student enrollment, retention and graduation. It also set goals for employment of African Americans in managerial, faculty and other administrative posts.

U of L quickly set about meeting the plans’ challenge by developing a system of access and intercultural understanding that promotes and supports race and gender diversity, inclusiveness, equity and open communication. Our commitment is to make U of L a place welcoming to all. We also work with community leaders to make Louisville a city that thrives on and cherishes differences, understanding that such differences embody the richness of a vibrant, energetic community (see Community Action).

Our success to this end is evidenced in the fact that, for the past three years, U of L has met all eight of the goals under the Kentucky Plan. The goals are to:

  • Increase the retention of first-year Kentucky resident African American students to 76.2%

  • Increase the retention of all Kentucky resident African American undergraduate students to 72.3%

  • Increase the Kentucky resident African American graduate student enrollment to 8.6%

  • Increase employment of African Americans in executive, administrative and managerial positions to 8%

  • Increase employment of African Americans as “other professionals” to 10.4%

  • Increase the Kentucky resident African American undergraduate enrollment to 16.6%

  • Increase the six-year graduation rate for degree-seeking Kentucky resident African American students to 34.1%

  • Increase employment of African American faculty to 7%

 

For more information on the Kentucky Plan, visit the CPE website at: http://cpe.ky.gov/policies/equalopportunities

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