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'Behind the Blue': Continuing Efforts Toward Student Success With Christine Harper and Asia Payne

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on colleges and universities across the country, and while current students have been severely affected, prospective students are also suffering due to limitations on taking the standardized ACT or SAT tests for admission.

As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant institution, UK is doing everything possible to insure that access to higher education is simpler for future students. For the 2021-22 academic year admissions cycle, the University of Kentucky will be test-optional, meaning students can apply without a test score.

“We ran our data here at the University of Kentucky, and it paired very well with the national data,” said Christine Harper, UK’s associate vice president for student success and chief enrollment officer. “Finding that GPA is a better indication of student success and retention.”

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Harper is joined by Asia Payne, UK’s assistant director of academic scholarships, to talk about what test-optional means for prospective students, the range of scholarships available, the continuing availability of campus tours, and more.

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