Kentucky Virtual Campus

KYVC Timeline

May 1997
Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual University (KCVU) is created with passage of the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. KCVU is the first state-sponsored online university in the nation.
April 1998
The Kentucky General Assembly funds KCVU with an initial investment of $18 million.
November 1998
KCVU pilot kick-off event -- a statewide conference for faculty and administrators is held.
March 1999
KCVU is inducted into the permanent archives of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program
May 1999
KCVU and KCVL holds virtual groundbreaking in Louisville.
July/August 1999
KCVU begins enrolling students for its first fall semester with 235 students enrolled in nine pilot projects.
November 1999
The Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library (KCVL) is officially launched.
February 2000
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approves KCVU for single statewide review and accreditation.
August 2000
KCVU is renamed the "Kentucky Virtual University"; KCVL is renamed the "Kentucky Virtual Library."
October 2001
The KYVU experiences a 112% increase in student enrollment. Of students enrolled, 89-90% are current students in Kentucky's colleges and universities. The Virtual Library has an average of approximately 600,000 searches on the databases per month.
May 2002
The first annual KYVU Online Excellence Awards are handed out at the Council for Postsecondary Education's Faculty Development conference. The award progam recognizes exemplary integration of instructional best practices with technology.
July 2002
The Kentucky Virtual Library and the Kentucky Department of Adult Education and Literacy launches the Kentucky Adult Education Resource Database. Eighteen Kentucky educators and librarians generated the content for the records that they then contributed to LINCS, a national collaborative database of 5,000 records with links to online resources for adult education instructors. This initiative is also searchable through the Library of Congress.
August 2002
The KYVU/KYVL wins three awards from the Kentucky Association of Government Communicators:
Award of Excellence (KYVU)
Award of Merit for overall outreach efforts (KYVU)
Award of Merit for Annual Report (KYVL)
February 2003
The KYVU, in partnership with the Kentucky Virtual High School and GEAR Up Kentucky, launches the KYVU4K12.org website and e-learning portal for K-12 students and their learning partners.
April 2003
The KYVU launches the KYVU Coordinated Advising Network (UCAN), partly funded by a grant from the federal Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, a partnership with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Adult Education, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Northern Kentucky University, Morehead University, Kentucky Counseling Association, and GEAR UP Kentucky.
January 2004
The Kentucky Virtual Adult Education website and portal, designed and maintained by the KYVU under the direction of the staff of Kentucky Adult Education, captures first place in the "innovativie Use of Technology" category in the 2003 NASCIO Recognition Awards.
November 2005
PDtrack, KYVU's degree audit and tracking software built for KYAE's new professional development system, goes from the pilot phase to production.

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