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UofL trustees: Student success initiatives, finding new revenue sources top goals

Finding partner for University Hospital ‘essential’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2012) — Awarding more degrees, raising the graduation rate, finding new revenue sources and boosting research and innovation were among the top goals set for 2012-2013 by UofL officials and approved last week at a board of trustees meeting.

Target goals include awarding 2,712 baccalaureate degrees, 175 doctoral degrees and enhancing student-success initiatives such as career planning and peer mentoring.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey said that one of his top goals was to ensure “follow-through” on the three tax-increment financing (TIF) districts that correspond to the university’s three campuses. A TIF district that includes the university’s Health Sciences Center was activated earlier this year and is expected to generate more than $1 million in 2012. The Belknap and Shelby campuses TIF areas are not yet active.

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Ramsey also said he will help the university reach its capital campaign goal of $1 billion by 2014 and to develop “the best alumni program in the United States.”

David Dunn, executive vice president of health affairs, told the trustees that finding a suitable health care partner for University of Louisville Hospital is “essential” for achieving the goals established by his unit. University officials have been seeking potential partners through a request-for-proposal process that began in February.

In other business, the board approved officers for 2012-2013 and heard reports from the UofL Foundation, Alumni Association, Athletic Association and Nucleus.

The next board of trustees meeting is Oct. 11.