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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...

Regional universities send letter supporting Bevin’s proposed pension bill; questions remain

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has received support for his proposed pension reform bill from one of the groups who would be affected the most if it passes. 
A letter has been sent to all members of the General Assembly, signed by six of the seven presidents of Kentucky’s regional public universities, as well as the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, urging them to...

Council approves four academic programs; OKs KSU request for no increase in tuition for 2019-20

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved four academic programs, a university proposal not to increase tuition and mandatory fees, and an interim capital project request at its February meeting. The new academic programs include three undergraduate programs and one master’s program: • Bachelor of Science degree in space systems engineering for Morehead State University. • Bachelor of Arts...

CPE President Aaron Thompson to launch state listening tour in hometown of Manchester on Feb. 1

Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson begins the first phase of a statewide listening tour next week in his hometown of Manchester in Clay County. Thompson will engage students, community and business representatives and educators in conversations about issues impacting college access, student success, workforce quality and transitions to career. Aaron ThompsonThe public is...

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...

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,...

Public university sector makes gains in bachelor’s degrees, graduation rates in 2017-18

The Council on Postsecondary Education heard annual performance presentations by campus presidents of the public four-year institutions at meetings last week at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green. Despite deep budget cuts and a flattening enrollment, the public four-year universities increased bachelor’s degrees by 2.6 percent in the 2017-18 academic year, totaling...

CPE launches employability initiative to prepare graduates for workplace success

The Council on Postsecondary Education, joined by representatives from six Kentucky colleges and universities, has launched an employability initiative that will bring together employers and educators to assess and affirm that higher education programs prepare graduates for the workforce. In partnership with The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education, Kentucky’s Essential...

Council on Postsecondary Education announces new online resource for military students, families

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has announced the launch of a new initiative to support military students’ transition to campus. The new centralized resource is the first phase of a long-term plan recently outlined by CPE President Aaron Thompson. Supporting the military. Click to go tot he website “Kentucky is in a unique position to serve those who serve our country,” said...

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...