Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.41
Liaison David Tedder
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Kentucky
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Shane Tedder
Sustainability Coordinator
Office oF Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Office of Undergraduate Research, with funding support from the Student Sustainability Council, administers the Summer Sustainability Research Fellowship Program. https://www.uky.edu/chellgren/undergraduate-research/sustainability-grants

Over the past three years, more than 20 undergraduate students have completed these fellowships.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

See supporting information attached.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

We have no such language in our regulations governing promotion and tenure; however, academic units have the prerogative to include this sort of information in their own statements of evidences used in evaluation of their respective faculty members.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The University of Kentucky Libraries supports sustainability research and learning by providing an extensive collection including 4.8 million print books and journals, 1.6 million ebooks, and 175,865 digital serials. The majority of the sustainability collection is housed in the William T. Young Library which is one of ten campus libraries available to University students and personnel. UK Libraries subscribes to approximately 435 databases including Agricola (National Agriculture Library), CAB Abstracts and Web of Science. UK Libraries is supported by an annual collections budget of approximately $11.4 million, including a $74.3 million library collections endowment. Additionally, UK Libraries are a Regional Depository Library of the U.S. Federal government publications.

UK Libraries has multiple relevant Research Guides which support university research including;
• Open Access guide has a tab Open Journal Access Evaluation ( http://libguides.uky.edu/OpenAccess/OAJournal )
• Research Data Services at UK: Getting Started ( http://libguides.uky.edu/research_data )
• Research Impact Metrics: Getting Started LibGuide ( http://libguides.uky.edu/metrics )
They are not specific to sustainability research but are guides that support faculty and student research efforts in general.

The library provides free online publishing services to broadly disseminate research outputs from the University of Kentucky community. Published content is freely available from UKnowledge (https://uknowledge.uky.edu/), University of Kentucky’s institutional repository. Download analytics are available to authors to help gauge the potential impact of the published research. In addition, the library provides instructors of all disciplines with assistance in finding open educational resources. These free learning materials support students’ academic success by eliminating the financial burdens caused by traditional commercial textbooks.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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