UK Perspectives

Provost David Blackwell On UK's Record Enrollment

Aug 23, 2019
Alan Lytle

This week on UK Perspectives guest host Alan Lytle talks with Provost David Blackwell about the school's record enrollment numbers on the eve of the fall semester.

Sept. 16, 2019

Associated Press:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky is reporting a record number of first-year students enrolled for the fall semester.

University President Eli Capilouto says the school's first-year class totals 5,396, which is 319 more students than last year.

Tom Godell / WUKY

Mark Shanda, dean of UK’s College of Fine Arts stopped by our studios recently. He brought us up to date on several upcoming events at the college including the record-breaking Ralph Steadman exhibit at the UK Art Museum, the UK Symphony’s unusual presentation of the film Amadeus, Opera Theater’s Grand Night for Singing, and UK Theater’s Shrek.

Tom Godell

It’s not all about farming on this edition of UK Perspectives. UK’s College of Agriculture, Food & Environment -- cleverly abbreviated as CAFE -- houses 14 academic units teaching everything from Community and Leadership Development to Veterinary Science to Horticulture and beyond. Overseeing it all is our guest, CAFE Dean Nancy Cox.

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The Reynolds Building on the UK Campus was constructed as a tobacco warehouse in 1917. Soon it will be the new home of UK’s College of Design. Dean Mitzi Vernon of the College of Design stopped by our studios recently and shared her plans with us.

Tom Godell / WUKY

The University of Kentucky is poised to dramatically expand its online course offerings to better serve the citizens of Kentucky (and the world). UK Associate Provost Kathi Kern recently stopped by our studios to  provide us with an overview of the project.

University of Kentucky

UK’s Chief Academic Officer, Provost David Blackwell, speaks with WUKY General Manager Tom Godell about the role of UK in meeting Kentucky’s workforce needs, record-setting graduation and retention rates, student debt, minority enrollment and more.

AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

This week we sit down with Dr. Greg Hall, a newcomer at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, to survey the changing landscape of US-Russia relations.

For over 40 years the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries has been the go-to source for scholars and researchers.  It is recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection of oral history with thousands of interviews on topics ranging from politics and public policy, education and literature, coal communities and life in Appalachia, as well as African American History.  It’s this latter topic we take up with center director Dr. Doug Boyd.

For the third year in a row UK’s Family Center is offering free relationship checkups, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Family Center Director Tracey Werner-Wilson joins us to talk about this program and the work of the Center. Checkup appointments are available February 9-17 and can be scheduled at


This week a conversation with StoryCorps Associate Director Jordan Bullard, who along with WUKY is bringing the StoryCorps MobileBooth to Lexington in March.