A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

CPE’s Dr. Aaron Thompson selected for Lumina Foundation Quality Credentials Task Force

Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president for the Council on Postsecondary Education, is among 20 education, policy and workforce experts named to Lumina Foundation’s Quality Credentials Task Force. Dr. Aaron Thompson The task force will explore new ways to assure the quality of a college education and other forms of learning beyond high school. “I’m looking forward to the work of this task...

Trump to nominate CPE President Robert King as assistant secretary for postsecondary education

The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump will nominate Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert L. King as assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the Department of Education. The appointment requires U.S. Senate confirmation. Robert L. King King has served more than nine years as president of the Council. He has advanced statewide efforts to work collaboratively...

CPE urges college freshmen to take 15 credits a semester, 30 per year for on-time graduation

The Council on Postsecondary Education has a message for freshmen heading to college this fall: Take 15 credit hours your first semester and be nearly twice as likely to graduate on time. That’s one of the key findings of a new CPE policy brief, “Momentum and Student Success in Kentucky: The Power of 15 Credits.” The report examines the impact of first-semester and first-year enrollment intensity...

Adkins blasts funding formula that excluded MSU in letter to Council on Postsecondary Education

In a letter sent Friday to Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King, House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins blasted the performance-based funding formula that awards nothing from a $31 million pool to Morehead State University, Kentucky State University and several coal-county-based KCTCS schools this coming school year. Rocky Adkins (File photo from LRC) “This funding approach...

Council on Postsecondary Education amends minimum college admission guidelines

The Council on Postsecondary Education voted to amend administrative regulation 13 KAR 2:020, which sets minimum requirements for admission and course placement standards at state-supported colleges and universities. With the amended policy, traditional high school students would need a high school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to meet minimum admission requirements to enter a public four-year university. Students...

CPE report: 60 percent of state’s working-age adults will have postsecondary credential by 2030

Kentucky’s colleges and universities are on track to increase the educational attainment of the state’s working-age population from 45 percent of the population with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by the year 2030. The Council on Postsecondary Education approved an annual progress report that shows undergraduate degrees and credentials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges...

CPE limits undergraduate tuition increases at state universities to a total of 6% over the next two years

Council on Postsecondary Education last week approved two-year tuition and mandatory fee ceilings that limit the amount public colleges and universities can charge in-state undergraduate students. For the comprehensive and research universities, the Council capped tuition at 6 percent over two years, with a four percent maximum increase allowed in any one year. The Council limited tuition increases...

Prichard Committee: Kentucky is backsliding on its education progress; we need sense of urgency

At the close of what has been a tumultuous legislative session, state lawmakers voted to override Governor Matt Bevin’s vetoes of the budget for the next two years, as well as a separate revenue measure that raised additional public funds through a series of tax changes. “While these veto overrides move us forward, it is clear more progress must be made to stem the erosion of Kentucky’s commitment...

Council on Postsecondary Education approves diversity plan for state’s colleges and universities

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved campus diversity plans for the public four-year universities and the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at its meeting Friday. The five-year plans aim to boost enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students, particularly underrepresented minorities and low-income students. The plans also promote workforce diversity...

Council on Postsecondary Education to sponsor free workshop for educators on assignment design

The Council on Postsecondary Education is sponsoring a free faculty workshop aimed at improving student learning in the area of written communication, an essential skill needed for today’s workforce. The workshop, which focuses on assignment design, will be held Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus. “We are very pleased to sponsor this workshop for faculty,...

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...