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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...

Uncertainty and financial challenges looming, CPE holds back on statewide tuition limits for next year

Amid the uncertainty and financial challenges of COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education voted Friday to forgo a statewide cap on tuition next year for in-state, undergraduate students at public colleges and universities. The decision provides universities, along with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, maximum flexibility to respond to student needs and shore up...

Kentucky higher education to receive at least $156 million in federal relief due to pandemic

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is projecting that the federal CARES Act will provide at least $156 million in relief funds this year to Kentucky colleges and universities, including $78 million to help students with expenses related to disruptions to their education during the COVID-19 outbreak. Officials from the CPE finalized the analysis last week following guidance from the U.S....

Aaron Thompson: Black History Month is urgent reminder to close Kentucky’s achievement gaps

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month because of the efforts of a Berea College graduate, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a prominent African American scholar and historian who started his higher education career as a part-time student at Berea. From there, he went on to receive degrees from the University of Chicago and, in 1912, a doctorate from Harvard University, only the second person...

EKU’s Gen1 Conference begins Thursday; 150 educators from several states expected to attend

This Friday is national First Generation College Student Day, and approximately 150 educators at all levels from Kentucky and several other states will converge on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University to discuss ways to better serve those who are the first in their families to attend college. The day-long Gen1 Conference, to be held in the Perkins Building, is the first conference focused on first-generation...

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’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...

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education official Thompson to serve as KSU interim president

The Kentucky State University Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Aaron Thompson as interim president. Thompson currently serves as Executive Vice President at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He will take a leave of absence to lead KSU until a permanent president is appointed by the Board of Regents. Thompson begins immediately. “I am honored to serve Kentucky State...

Commentary: We must double up our efforts to close the achievement gaps in Kentucky

By Aaron Thompson Special to KyForward   The best gift my mother and father gave me was to value education. My father was an illiterate coal miner and a tenant farmer who signed his name with an X, and my mother had an eighth-grade education making her the academic in the family.   My mother taught me that education would give me a sustainable income. My father, who did not have the opportunity...