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Council on Postsecondary Education approves plans to forgo tuition hikes at five state universities

Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved Friday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses are on track for one of the smallest average increases in tuition in decades, although rates at three state universities remain pending. While the...

Kentucky education groups kick off FAFSA Fridays campaign to raise awareness about federal aid

Kentucky colleges and universities along with key leaders in education launched a new public awareness campaign – called FAFSA Fridays – to remind students about the importance of applying for federal assistance this summer. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form, provides high school seniors, parents, college students and adult learners with a vital opportunity to access financial...

Experienced policy leader Amanda Ellis to head P-20 programs at Council on Postsecondary Education

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced Tuesday that Amanda Ellis, a former teacher and accomplished leader in state education policy, will serve as the Council’s new associate vice president for P-20 policy and programs. Ellis joins CPE with more than two decades of experience, including 14 years of service in Kentucky middle and elementary schools. She most recently worked as...

Local public libraries to get free access to Kentucky Virtual Library; CPE partners with KDLA to fund effort

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) announced a partnership Thursday that will provide all state residents with free access to the Kentucky Virtual Library during the upcoming school year. “My administration is education first and this pandemic is demonstrating how we need to further our efforts to provide educational...

Kentucky campuses lead charge on employability; 13 programs certified for integrating essential job skills

Kentucky colleges and universities are helping shape an innovative effort to prepare graduates for careers and strengthen the nexus between higher education and jobs – another step toward economic recovery amid COVID-19. During the past 18 months, more than a dozen college programs in Kentucky serving more than 3,000 students have completed a new and rigorous certification process that requires them...

Education officials urge students to apply for federal financial aid amid decline caused by COVID-19

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence are urging all high school seniors, college students and returning adults to apply for federal aid this year amid a decline in applications due to COVID-19. The number of Kentucky students filing the Free Application for Federal Student...

Aaron Thompson: Amid the uncertainty, Class of 2020, you’ll be better off with a college degree

As the head of public higher education in Kentucky, I’m usually asked to deliver at least one commencement address each May. If I were giving one this year, I’d probably start by offering both my congratulations and condolences. I’m certain you never imagined your high school or college career would come to a close during a global pandemic. I’m sorry that your graduation ceremony had to be...

Council on Postsecondary Education study shows growing demand for engineers in Kentucky

Offering more evidence that higher education matters, the benefits of an engineering degree will continue to climb in Kentucky over the next decade thanks to growing demand in the job market and competitive salaries, a new report shows. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) released the analysis on Monday, projecting that engineering jobs will increase more than 11.2 percent in Kentucky...

CPE seeks students for higher education advisory group; panel to provide insight for policy leaders

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is seeking a diverse group of students to serve on a new advisory panel that will provide insight to policy leaders on key issues within higher education. The Student Advisory Group will offer input on high-level student concerns along with any matters that may not normally rise to the attention of student government or campus boards. The group...

Two years early, Kentucky’s public universities hit key targets on STEM+H bachelor’s degrees

Kentucky’s public universities chalked up another win for workforce readiness in 2018-19, surpassing a major milestone for bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM+H fields – science, technology, engineering, math and health care. The state’s strategic plan, “Stronger by Degrees,” called on universities to produce at least 6,620 STEM+H degrees annually by the 2020-21 academic year. However,...

CPE’s statewide diversity plan driving Kentucky campuses to narrow achievement gap

In a testament to Kentucky’s statewide diversity plan for higher education, colleges and universities across the commonwealth made important strides in 2018-19 in closing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students. According to the latest progress report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), bachelor’s degrees conferred to minority students at public and private...

CPE makes Kentucky Virtual Library available to all Kentucky students, educators for at-home learning

Amid the challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced today that all K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky now have free access to an online portal of educational resources that can support learning and lessons at home. The materials are available through the Kentucky Virtual Library, a consortium of nearly 300 institutions from across the state. Content...

Statement from CPE President Aaron Thompson on higher education’s response to COVID-19

By Aaron Thompson Council on Postsecondary Education In light of the threat from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), now a national emergency, many of Kentucky’s colleges and universities have temporarily suspended classes, moved instruction online, or have closed or are considering closure for the remainder of the semester. Thompson The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is operating on a regular...

CPE wins $200,000 Lumina Foundation grant to advance employability outcomes of graduates

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has been awarded a $200,000 Lumina Foundation grant to help prepare graduates with essential employability skills that enhance employment, earnings and equity outcomes, and to develop a data system to track the progress. Kentucky is one of nine states chosen from a pool of 23 states to participate in Lumina’s new national grant program to help develop...

Council on Postsecondary Education report: College still pays in Kentucky, for individuals and state

A new report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college still pays for those who earn postsecondary credentials and state allocations for public higher education more than pay for themselves. Higher Education’s Return on Investment report examines the return on investment for both the individual student and the state as a whole. Using the Kentucky high school Class of 2010...

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...