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Kentucky State University ranks No. 1 in teacher quality

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky State University ranks No. 1 among colleges in the commonwealth and historically black land-grant (agricultural) universities in the nation providing tenured and tenure-track level teaching to students, according to a recent statistical profile compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The new data report titled, “Where Are Students Most and Least Likely to Be Taught by Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors?” confirms Kentucky State University’s commitment to attracting, training and retaining full-time faculty for tenured and tenure-track positions who provide high-quality instruction rather than using adjuncts or teaching assistants.

Kentucky State University employs a tenured or promotional-track faculty member for every 17.7 students on campus, according to 2016 data collected from the U.S. Department of Education. As a result, Kentucky State University ranks 17th overall in the nation among 537 qualifying public institutions, first among Kentucky colleges, and first among historically black, 1890 land-grant colleges.

The numbers recognize the institutional focus on “advancing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, enhancing society, and impacting individuals by providing quality teaching with a foundation in liberal studies, scholarly research, and public service to enable productive lives within the diverse global economy,” as articulated in the mission statement.

Research suggests that students are more likely to receive the benefits of college-level instruction from scholars and researchers on tenure-track who actually teach than institutions with complex research programs whose faculty are not actively engaged in undergraduate instruction. This data reinforces the importance of the Kentucky State University instructional model.

Eligible public institutions in the commonwealth
17. Kentucky State University
125. Murray State University
151. Eastern Kentucky University
214. Western Kentucky University
255. Morehead State University
325. Northern Kentucky University

Eligible public 1890 land-grant historically-black colleges
17. Kentucky State University
18. University of the District of Columbia
32. Central State University
52. Virginia State University
68. Delaware State University
72. Florida A&M University
89. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
138. Tennessee State University
148. South Carolina State University
219. North Carolina A&T State University
302. West Virginia State University
316. University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
341. Alabama A&M University
362. Langston University
474. Fort Valley State University
484. Prairie View A&M University