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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...

Council on Postsecondary Education unanimously selects Dr. Aaron Thompson as president

Following a national search, the Council on Postsecondary Education unanimously selected Dr. Aaron Thompson as its fourth president. Thompson, who presently serves as the Council’s executive vice president and chief academic officer, will transition to his new responsibilities Nov. 1. Thompson will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Robert L. King, who served as president for nearly 10...

Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee narrows field to three finalists

The Council on Postsecondary Education’s Presidential Search Committee has recommended three finalists for the position of Council president. In alphabetical order, the finalists are Dr. Robert Donley, Dr. Emily House and Dr. Aaron Thompson. “Following a thorough and exhaustive national search process, we are confident that all three candidates possess exceptional qualities of leadership and the...

CPE wins $24.5 million state grant to boost educational opportunities for low-income students

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Council on Postsecondary Education have announced that Kentucky has won a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant to increase the number of low-income students graduating from high school and enrolling in college or workforce training programs. Kentucky is one of only six states to receive GEAR UP funding from the U.S. Department of Education in this year’s competition, making it the...

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...