- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky provost will reorganize administrative units in an effort to help students. Job losses are expected.

The Lexington Herald-Leader (https://bit.ly/1SYkTUH ) reports that Provost Tim Tracy will reorganize units including undergraduate education, student affairs, enrollment management, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, and the UK International Center.

Tracy said that one of the changes will include merging different departments to eliminate bureaucracy and increase the number of people working directly with students.

The changes are part of the university’s five-year strategy plan aimed at increasing graduation and retention rates by 2020. The university plans in increase six-year graduation rates from 60.2 percent to 70 percent by 2020 and to increase the percentage of students who stay in school between their first and second year to 90 percent.

“To make that kind of change in graduation and retention, we need to make some bold moves,” Tracy said.

The move will result in the loss of jobs. About 420 people work in the affected units and some of them may move into different roles and some new jobs may be added.

Tracy added that the changes will help students with academic issues, financial aid and wellness.

“We will meet with everyone to lay out the ways in which we’re going to create significant changes in our organization … find ways in which we align ourselves in those four key areas,” Tracy said.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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