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New CPE data assesses college outcomes by county; metrics include breakouts by student populations

The newest addition to the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Data Center is an interactive tool that evaluates the success of college and university students by county of origin. Kentucky leaders and policy makers can use this information to assess education attainment levels, along with state and county progress on key postsecondary education metrics, including enrollment, degrees and graduation...

Kentucky college campuses pilot employability certification for academic programs

Kentucky is the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates are ready for the workforce with essential employability skills, or the so-called “soft skills,” that employers say are often lacking in graduates. Launched just one year ago, three programs are now certified, including two bachelor’s degree programs at Murray State University — construction...

CPE approves budget request to accelerate degree growth, maintain affordability, preserve buildings

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved the 2020-22 budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities at its meeting Thursday at Hopkinsville Community and Technical College. The two main components of the recommendation include an operating funds request for performance funding and a capital request for asset preservation of state-owned buildings. For performance funding, CPE...

Kentucky colleges and universities confer a record number of degrees despite enrollment challegens

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 76,380 degrees and credentials during the 2018-19 year, up nearly 5% from the previous year and 39% from 10 years ago. The number of students earning undergraduate degrees and certificates increased more than 3% over the prior year, keeping Kentucky on track to meet its attainment goal of 60% of the working-age population...

CPE announces public launch of comprehensive Data Center to inform higher education progress

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has announced the public launch of a comprehensive CPE Data Center to help inform higher education progress. Located at cpe.ky.gov, the data center features 17 interactive tools that track campus and state progress on key metrics. Performance on the metrics will help guide policy decisions toward CPE’s goal to have 60 percent of Kentuckians with a quality...

CPE celebrates statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky at EKU’s Brock Auditorium on Sept. 25

On Sept. 25, approximately 400 seventh- and 12th-graders from Bourbon County and Paris Independent schools will converge in Brock Auditorium at Eastern Kentucky University to celebrate the official statewide launch of GEAR UP Kentucky. GEAR UP Kentucky is a seven-year, $24.5 million grant program designed to increase the number of students graduating from high school and transitioning into postsecondary...

CPE President Thompson appointed to steering committee of Education Commission of the States

The Council on Postsecondary Education is pleased to announce that President Aaron Thompson has been appointed to the steering committee for the Education Commission of the States, a non-partisan policy group for all 50 states. Aaron Thompson In this role, Thompson will provide policy leadership to the commission and serve as the leader of Kentucky’s delegation. “I am looking forward to working...

Aaron Thompson: Don’t listen to skeptics about its value — college is still worth it for many reasons

To all of the students who recently graduated from a Kentucky college or university, thank you for having the fortitude and determination to make it to the finish line. You’ve achieved something powerful and transformative that will dramatically improve the quality of your life — a college credential. You may have noticed that people are more skeptical about the value of college than they used...

Aaron Thompson: Setbacks are inevitable, but on this Martin Luther King Day, let us celebrate progress

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would have just celebrated his 90th birthday. Inevitably, I find myself wondering how Dr. King would rate America’s progress in achieving social and racial justice. The election of our first black president in 2008 was a watershed event that reminded us of just how far we’ve come since the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which abolished Jim Crow laws that...

Commentary: Business and education leaders set four urgent goals for the coming decade

By Dave Adkisson and Aaron Thompson Kentucky must aggressively up its game if we’re going to compete for talent and quality jobs in today’s international economy. Top-flight education and the workforce it produces are key factors in the success of the state and its citizens, but we are struggling to educate and train enough people to be productive and responsible citizens and employees. The struggle...

Bluegrass Tomorrow’s ‘Conversation with the Region on Education’ held discussion, agreed on principles

Bluegrass Tomorrow One of the key principles of agreement that came out of The Conversation with the Region on Education, at Eastern Kentucky University was: “Education is transformational, not transactional, and for generations to come education will transform students, communities and the Kentucky Economy.” The event which was attended by 65 college and university presidents in the region, superintendents,...

CPE gets $400k Lumina Foundation grant for Adult Promise program, encouraging workforce training

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has been awarded a $400,000 Lumina Foundation grant to encourage more adults to pursue certificate and associate programs in business, information technology, transportation/logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and construction. Kentucky’s Adult Promise program will raise awareness of tuition-free education programs available through the Work...

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...