EKU psychology professor Matt Winslow wins 2017 Acorn Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Matt Winslow pulled a smartphone out of his pocket and held it high. All the information his students need, he explained, is as close as their fingertips. “What is not so cheap and easy to access,” Winslow added, “is the critical thinking skills that allow them to process, evaluate, apply and even create information. You can’t ask Google to do that for you. “My job,” he insisted, “is...

CPE administrator Morgan selected as 14th president at Morehead State University replacing Andrews

Morehead State University’s Board of Regents has announced the hiring of Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan as the institution’s 14th president, after a national search. “Finding the most qualified person to be the right ‘fit’ to lead Morehead State University in the years ahead was the top priority for all of the Regents,” said Paul C. Goodpaster, Board of Regents chair. “We have found that...

Murray State University receives $130,000 grant to promote career and technical education

The College of Education and Human Services at Murray State University was recently awarded a $130,000 grant for a project entitled “Mathematics in the Context of Career and Technical Education.” These funds are provided by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education and made possible by the U. S. Department of Education’s “Improving Teacher Quality Grant,” issued under the authority...

‘Stronger by Degrees’: KY Council on Postsecondary Education reports record number of degrees awarded

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 65,829 degrees and credentials during the 2015-16 year, representing a 2.7 percent increase from the previous year and a 32.5 percent gain over 10 years. Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King said, “All of our institutions have been implementing strategic initiatives that have helped more students graduate...

EKU senior Torres appointed by Bevin as student member of Postsecondary Education Council

By Jeffrey Hendrix EKU Communications Whether it’s his fraternity, his university, or the entire state of Kentucky, he’s happy to serve his peers by leading and representing them wherever and however he can. Sebastian Torres, a senior political science major from Hollywood, Florida, serves as executive vice president on Eastern Kentucky University’s Student Government Association. In addition...

Commentary: Automation’s dominance poses challenges to workforce, economy

By Bob King Special to KyForward It has been striking, watching and listening to the two political campaigns. In both, the challenges seem to be tied to immigration issues, “off shoring” jobs, bad trade deals, terrorism and the personal insults asserting the opposing candidate is unfit to hold high office. While both candidates may attempt to get at the underlying economic concerns of the electorate,...

New adult education profiles report shows benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas

A new report shows the benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas, including increased enrollment in postsecondary education. According to the Kentucky Adult Education County Profiles Report, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), of the 22,942 Kentucky GED graduates from fiscal years 2009 to 2011 (followed through fiscal year 2014), 8,455, or 37 percent,...

Former St. Catharine College library director named new head of Kentucky Virtual Library

Ilona N. Burdette has been named the new director of the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), a program of the Council on Postsecondary Education. Burdette comes to the Council from St. Catharine College, where she served 17 years as director of library services. Prior to this role, she spent three years as director of the Marion County Public Library in Lebanon, Ky. Ilona N. Burdette has been named the...

State CPE vice president Stagnolia chosen to lead national adult education group

Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president for adult education, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is the new chair-elect of the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) Executive Committee. Elected by his peers, Stagnolia will serve a four-year term that also includes two years as chair and one year as past chair. Reecie D. Stagnolia (Steve Shaffer, KET, Photo) “It is truly...

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education official Thompson to serve as KSU interim president

The Kentucky State University Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Aaron Thompson as interim president. Thompson currently serves as Executive Vice President at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He will take a leave of absence to lead KSU until a permanent president is appointed by the Board of Regents. Thompson begins immediately. “I am honored to serve Kentucky State...

Passing score for the GED test changes; performance levels added to measure learners’ skills

Kentucky Adult Education joins the GED Testing Service (GEDTS) in announcing a recalibration to the GED test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels. In Kentucky, as in most other states, the passing score for high school equivalency will move from 150 to 145. The GED program will also include two optional levels above high school equivalency to signify college readiness and, for...

Commentary: Report confirms that good jobs are available again for college graduates

By Bob King Special to KyForward Since the Great Recession, the national press has communicated the notion that a college degree is not worth the effort or expense, and that few jobs exist for those who pursue this fruitless but costly adventure. Story after story has perpetuated the myth of deeply indebted college graduates wasting away in dead-end jobs paying minimum wages and receiving no benefits....

Council’s budget request ties partial restoration of state funding cuts to campus performance

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved a budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities that seeks to restore half of the state funding cuts imposed since 2007-08 and subjects the entire amount to achievement of campus-specific outcomes such as increases in retention, degrees and credentials produced, graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Meeting at Gateway Community...

New study: Improve state’s low education rate — and the economy will grow substantially

Kentucky’s lower education levels cost the state and citizens over $900 million annually, according to a study conducted by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research for the Council on Postsecondary Education. “While it’s widely known that a college degree increases personal earnings, employment and improves health, this report makes very clear that raising educational...

Education department making push for public comment – and understanding – of standards

Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday announces the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge during a press conference at Woodford County High School. (Photo by Amy Wallot)   By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Department of Education Monday launched a major push to get teachers, parents and others to learn more about the state’s English/language arts and math academic...

All public high school students can now request transcripts 24/7 online to 44 schools

Students at all Kentucky public high schools now can request their transcripts online and have them sent directly to any of the state’s 44 public or private colleges and universities and other participating schools world-wide.   Since the eTranscript project kicked off last August, all 168 of the school districts with public high schools have undergone training and rolled out the system to students....

New team serving autistic adults named semi-finalist in the Business For Good Competition

Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative President Joe Clabes, left, Opportunity for Work and Learning CEO David Boggs and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Senior Policy Advisor Dr. Linda Linville make up WISE, a new organization in Lexington to serve adults with autism. (Photo provided)   WISE, a Lexington-based start-up social enterprise serving adults with autism, has announced that they...

Kentucky's four-year public universities reach enrollment record, indicating steady growth

Student enrollment at Kentucky’s public four-year universities reached an all-time high of 128,598 students last fall, continuing a decade of steady enrollment growth. Since 2003, enrollment at public four-year universities grew by 9 percent or by 10,672 students, according to a report issued today by the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education.   While the four-year public sector posted...

Rep. Mike Denham: Despite progress, no time for complacency in workforce development

Whenever corporate leaders scout for locations to expand or relocate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.   Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.   Fortunately,...