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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...

Council on Postsecondary Education report shows college attainment remains on the rise in Kentucky

Kentucky moved ever closer to its educational attainment goals in the 2018-19 academic year as the combined number of undergraduate degrees and credentials conferred rose 3.5 percent, according to a report from the state Council on Postsecondary Education. Nearly 47 percent of Kentucky adults now have a postsecondary credential, up from 42.5 percent in 2014. That’s a 4.5 percentage point gain compared...

KCTCS colleges extend remote learning, postpone graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 outbreak

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to maintaining the health and safety of their students, faculty and staff. That’s why all colleges will continue to offer online/remote classes through the last day of instruction, which is May 2, and will use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4–10. Additionally, employees...

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...

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...

Hebron’s Ben Brandstetter named chair of Council on Postsecondary Education; Kim Halbauer vice chair

Ben Brandstetter, of Hebron, is the new chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education, and Kimberley Halbauer, of Fort Thomas, is vice-chair. The Council elected its leadership at its meeting earlier today at the University of Kentucky. Ben Brandstetter “It’s an honor to be chosen to lead the Council on Postsecondary Education,” said Brandstetter. “Outgoing Chair Zimmerman did an excellent...

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...

CPE creates new Faculty Fellows group to strengthen campus employabilty culture across Kentucky

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced the creation of the Faculty Employability Fellows, a group of 14 faculty members who are developing “employability” best practices that faculty can deploy in college classrooms across Kentucky. In partnership with the Quality Assurance Commons, the fellowship program is one of several approaches that Kentucky is developing to help ensure college...

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...

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...

EKU joins national initiative ‘Degrees When Due’ to help students with some credit complete degrees

Eastern Kentucky University has been selected to join Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees. As one of the colleges and universities from 20 states participating in Degrees When Due, EKU will learn best practices in degree reclamation and provide targeted support while re-engaging...

14 Kentucky colleges, universities to participate in Degrees When Due to help students finish degrees

Fourteen Kentucky public colleges and universities will participate in Degrees When Due, a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), to help students who have some college credits complete their degrees. Campus liaisons will learn best practices in adult completion strategies, while re-engaging students who have stopped out of their studies. The Council on Postsecondary...

CPE seeking applicants for new Kentucky Faculty Advisory Network; deadline for applications is Oct. 4

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is seeking applications from faculty of the state’s public universities and community and technical colleges for the newly created Kentucky Faculty Advisory Network. The network is designed to engage members in state-level policy discussions and advise CPE President Aaron Thompson on matters of interest to faculty. The group will serve as a conduit of...

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...

Council on Postsecondary Education report shows degrees, credentials up 11.4 percent over five years

A new degree and credential production report issued by the Council on Postsecondary Education shows Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities awarded a record 72,936 degrees and credentials in the 2017-18 academic year, representing a 4% annual gain and an 11.4% increase over five years. (Click for full report) The five-year report describes the state of postsecondary education...

Council Postsecondary Education awards campuses $300,000 in strategic initiative funding

The Council on Postsecondary Education has announced six Kentucky campuses are the recipients of two strategic grant award programs to help more students succeed in college. The awards for both programs total $300,000. Following a competitive review process, the Council awarded $50,000 Stronger by Degrees Student Success grants to five campuses to improve student progression and completion, with a...