LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2020) — The University of Kentucky continues to make higher education more available and accessible to people throughout Kentucky, across the nation, and around the world. Kathi Kern is UK’s associate provost for teaching, learning, and innovation. Since 2010, Kern has served as the director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), working to establish the university as a center for international faculty development. She is now working to expand the university’s teaching mission into a virtual space with UK Online.
On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications' Carl Nathe visits with Kern to bring us the latest information about UK Online, the opportunities provided by new technologies and virtual environments, and how to best bring UK to the students who can’t come to campus.
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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.