New CPE leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty celebrates inaugural graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s new leadership institute for underrepresented minority faculty graduated its inaugural cohort last week during a Council meeting at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The purpose of the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) is to develop more campus leaders among early career, underrepresented minority faculty who aspire to leadership...

CPE’s budget seeks funding increases to accelerate degree production, provide for pension costs

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved its 2018-20 biennial budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities. The request includes increases in performance funding and for special initiatives, and a fifth round of Bucks for Brains funding. For institutional operating funds, key priorities are to jump-start the new performance funding system to accelerate degree production,...

Ky’s four-year universities reaching out to former students to finish degrees through Project Graduate

Kentucky’s public four-year universities are reaching out this fall to recruit former students with a high number of credit hours back to college to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Through Project Graduate, campuses are offering a concierge approach to help busy, working adults get on the fast-track to graduation. Near-completers with 80 or more credit hours are eligible. “I can’t...

Kentucky colleges, universities award record number of degrees with more than 70,000 given in 2016-17

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 70,146 degrees and credentials during the 2016-17 year, up 6.6 percent from the previous year and a 34.8 percent gain from 10 years ago. “It is exciting to see the quantity of high-quality degrees and certificates conferred by Kentucky colleges and universities in 2016-17. Campuses are working hard to improve student...

Council on Postsecondary Education welcomes new member Halbauer, approves KSU tuition increase

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) welcomed new member Kimberly Halbauer of Fort Thomas at its meeting Monday in Louisville. Halbauer is a senior vice president and investment advisors executive at Fifth Third Bank. Appointed to the Council by Gov. Matt Bevin in July, Halbauer was administered the oath of office by Jefferson District Court Judge Eric Haner. Kimberly Halbauer In action items,...

Bevin fills positions on MLK State Commission, Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Pamela Sue Dimmerman has been appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission. Dimmerman, of Crestview Hills, is a retired staff member of U.S. Senator Jim Bunning’s office. She will serve for a term expiring Dec. 12, 2019. Founded in 1992, the mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission is...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves evaluation of King, university tuition proposals

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) approved a positive performance evaluation for President Bob King, a 39-point work plan for the agency, and tuition proposals from the universities and the Kentucky Community Technical College System at its meeting Friday at Spalding University. The Executive Committee conducted King’s performance evaluation and sought input from representatives of six...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves increases in tuition, fees at state’s universities

The average cost of tuition and fees for four years at a public Kentucky university will be more than $39,000 this fall after state regulators approved increases Friday for most institutions. All but two schools asked for the maximum increase allowed by the Council on Postsecondary Education. The University of Louisville did not raise tuition, and Kentucky State University’s board of trustees...

Bevin establishes Charter Schools Advisory Council, reorganizes key education boards and committees

Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday that establishes the Kentucky Charter Schools Advisory Council to ensure successful implementation of House Bill 520 (HB 520). The order also realigns key education boards, councils and committees to provide an efficient, modern structure for implementing Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and provides for greater coordination of efforts across the education system,...

Council on Postsecondary Education awards $620,000 in federal funds to close achievement gaps

The Council on Postsecondary Education awarded $620,000 in federal grant funding to five education partnerships to deliver professional development for P-12 teachers. Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky will receive $130,000 each. Kentucky State University will receive $100,000. The Council’s focus this year for the...

Bevin names Wright 29th district commonwealth’s attorney; Reynolds picked for CPE position

Gov. Matt Bevin today Ronald “Brian” Wright, of Liberty, as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 29th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, representing Adair and Casey counties. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Gail Williams and is effective April 16, 2017. Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in government and economics at Centre College, before completing his juris doctorate...

Council on Postsecondary Education announces maximum tuition increases for state’s public schools

By Ashley Spalding Special to KyForward The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced the maximum in-state undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee increases the state’s public universities and community colleges will be allowed to charge students in the coming year. These tuition caps range from zero at the University of Louisville (at their request) to five percent at four of the state’s...

Council on Postsecondary Eduction announces new institute for minorities interested in leadership positions

The Council on Postsecondary has announced the first cohort of faculty for the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI). The purpose of ALDI is to create a professional learning community of early career, underrepresented minority faculty who are interested in future administrative leadership positions. Campus provosts nominated candidates for the yearlong initiative based on the following...

Council on Postsecondary Education elects new leaders, approves timeline for setting tuition

The Council on Postsecondary Education elected Sherrill Zimmerman as its new chair and Ben Brandstetter of Hebron as vice chair. Zimmerman, of Prospect, chairs both the Council’s Tuition Development Work Group and Committee on Equal Opportunities, and is the past chair of the Strategic Agenda Work Group. She is a retired educator from Jefferson County Public Schools where she served as a teacher,...

Murray State dean Whaley elected chairman of state Education Professional Standards Board

Dr. David Whaley, dean of Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services, was elected board chair of the state’s Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Whaley was first appointed to the EPSB Board in September 2013 and was elected vice-chair in December 2014. His new term of board chair will span one year with the opportunity to renew the position for a total of three...

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School student receives leadership award during state GEAR UP Week

Mercedes Adams, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, was one of 25 students recognized in a ceremony in the State Capitol recently as part of the first Kentucky GEAR UP Week Celebration. More than 100 students, parents and educators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda to recognize the GEAR UP Kentucky Students of the Year for their leadership among their peers, personal accomplishments and academic...

Council on Postsecondary Education awarded grant to help redesign developmental education

The Council on Postsecondary Education and the state’s public colleges and universities will get some help in redesigning developmental education for students, thanks to a $326,000 grant awarded to the Council by Louisville’s James Graham Brown Foundation. Known as “corequisite” models of developmental education, the redesign will allow developmental education students to enroll...

CPE, UK partnership provides link to high-speed regional Internet2 Network

The Council on Postsecondary Education and the University of Kentucky completed an upgrade of the Kentucky Regional Optical Network (KyRON), a project that provides all public universities with a tenfold increase in high speed access to Internet2, operator of the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education infrastructure. “We are very pleased to partner with the University...

Nationally known speakers featured at Council on Postsecondary Education’s Student Success Summit

The Council on Postsecondary Education will sponsor the fifth annual Kentucky Student Success Summit April 4-5 at the Louisville Marriott East. The theme of the summit, “Student Success Game Changers: Practical and Proven Strategies for Elevating Your Student Success Game,” will offer higher education faculty, staff and administrators best practices for improving adult student success rates, increasing...

Kentucky Adult Education, KHEAA launch partnership to help college-bound adults

Kentucky Adult Education and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority will launch a partnership on April 1 aimed at helping qualified adults transition or return to college or technical school. As part of the outreach, Governor Matt Bevin recently proclaimed April as Kentucky Adult College Readiness Month. The partnership will provide college-going adults with training and resources, ranging...