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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...

Kentucky colleges and universities confer a record number of degrees despite enrollment challegens

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 76,380 degrees and credentials during the 2018-19 year, up nearly 5% from the previous year and 39% from 10 years ago. The number of students earning undergraduate degrees and certificates increased more than 3% over the prior year, keeping Kentucky on track to meet its attainment goal of 60% of the working-age population...

Sterling College expands program to Kentucky; offers two-year study in Wendell Berry Farming curriculum

Among an increase of college closures and mergers, Sterling College in Vermont is bucking the trend by expanding its campus to a second site in Kentucky. After a competitive application process this spring, the first cohort of 12 students for the leading-edge Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College, inspired by iconic American poet, novelist, activist, farmer and Kentucky native Wendell Berry,...

Commentary: Business and education leaders set four urgent goals for the coming decade

By Dave Adkisson and Aaron Thompson Kentucky must aggressively up its game if we’re going to compete for talent and quality jobs in today’s international economy. Top-flight education and the workforce it produces are key factors in the success of the state and its citizens, but we are struggling to educate and train enough people to be productive and responsible citizens and employees. The struggle...

Kentucky high school students post dual credit gains — KCTCS is up 47% over three years

High school students taking dual credit courses and the number of credits they are earning is on a sharp rise in Kentucky, according to a report presented today at the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) meeting. Statewide, nearly 35,000 high school students participated in dual credit courses through a college or university during the 2017-18 academic year, up 45 percent since the 2015-16 year. Dual...

Ron Daley: Student loan debt and loan defaults adversely impact Kentucky and its rural areas

The growing national student loan crisis is having an even more devastating effect on families in rural eastern Kentucky. The average student debt in the United States is $32,731, while the median student loan debt amount is $17,000. The rising costs of tuition have increased total student loan debt up around 302% since 2004. Data shows that the increasing student loan debt is having a greater adverse...

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King announces retirement

Bob King will retire June 10 as president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the state’s coordinating agency for postsecondary education and adult education. King was named president of the Council in January 2009. Since coming to the post, he has gained national recognition for building stronger relationships with K-12 education and for focusing campus attention on improvements...

EKU psychology professor Matt Winslow wins 2017 Acorn Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Matt Winslow pulled a smartphone out of his pocket and held it high. All the information his students need, he explained, is as close as their fingertips. “What is not so cheap and easy to access,” Winslow added, “is the critical thinking skills that allow them to process, evaluate, apply and even create information. You can’t ask Google to do that for you. “My job,” he insisted, “is...

CPE administrator Morgan selected as 14th president at Morehead State University replacing Andrews

Morehead State University’s Board of Regents has announced the hiring of Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan as the institution’s 14th president, after a national search. “Finding the most qualified person to be the right ‘fit’ to lead Morehead State University in the years ahead was the top priority for all of the Regents,” said Paul C. Goodpaster, Board of Regents chair. “We have found that...

Murray State University receives $130,000 grant to promote career and technical education

The College of Education and Human Services at Murray State University was recently awarded a $130,000 grant for a project entitled “Mathematics in the Context of Career and Technical Education.” These funds are provided by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education and made possible by the U. S. Department of Education’s “Improving Teacher Quality Grant,” issued under the authority...

‘Stronger by Degrees’: KY Council on Postsecondary Education reports record number of degrees awarded

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 65,829 degrees and credentials during the 2015-16 year, representing a 2.7 percent increase from the previous year and a 32.5 percent gain over 10 years. Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King said, “All of our institutions have been implementing strategic initiatives that have helped more students graduate...

EKU senior Torres appointed by Bevin as student member of Postsecondary Education Council

By Jeffrey Hendrix EKU Communications Whether it’s his fraternity, his university, or the entire state of Kentucky, he’s happy to serve his peers by leading and representing them wherever and however he can. Sebastian Torres, a senior political science major from Hollywood, Florida, serves as executive vice president on Eastern Kentucky University’s Student Government Association. In addition...

Commentary: Automation’s dominance poses challenges to workforce, economy

By Bob King Special to KyForward It has been striking, watching and listening to the two political campaigns. In both, the challenges seem to be tied to immigration issues, “off shoring” jobs, bad trade deals, terrorism and the personal insults asserting the opposing candidate is unfit to hold high office. While both candidates may attempt to get at the underlying economic concerns of the electorate,...

New adult education profiles report shows benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas

A new report shows the benefits of Kentuckians earning GED diplomas, including increased enrollment in postsecondary education. According to the Kentucky Adult Education County Profiles Report, produced by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), of the 22,942 Kentucky GED graduates from fiscal years 2009 to 2011 (followed through fiscal year 2014), 8,455, or 37 percent,...

Former St. Catharine College library director named new head of Kentucky Virtual Library

Ilona N. Burdette has been named the new director of the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), a program of the Council on Postsecondary Education. Burdette comes to the Council from St. Catharine College, where she served 17 years as director of library services. Prior to this role, she spent three years as director of the Marion County Public Library in Lebanon, Ky. Ilona N. Burdette has been named the...

State CPE vice president Stagnolia chosen to lead national adult education group

Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president for adult education, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is the new chair-elect of the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) Executive Committee. Elected by his peers, Stagnolia will serve a four-year term that also includes two years as chair and one year as past chair. Reecie D. Stagnolia (Steve Shaffer, KET, Photo) “It is truly...

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...

Passing score for the GED test changes; performance levels added to measure learners’ skills

Kentucky Adult Education joins the GED Testing Service (GEDTS) in announcing a recalibration to the GED test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels. In Kentucky, as in most other states, the passing score for high school equivalency will move from 150 to 145. The GED program will also include two optional levels above high school equivalency to signify college readiness and, for...

Commentary: Report confirms that good jobs are available again for college graduates

By Bob King Special to KyForward Since the Great Recession, the national press has communicated the notion that a college degree is not worth the effort or expense, and that few jobs exist for those who pursue this fruitless but costly adventure. Story after story has perpetuated the myth of deeply indebted college graduates wasting away in dead-end jobs paying minimum wages and receiving no benefits....

Council’s budget request ties partial restoration of state funding cuts to campus performance

The Council on Postsecondary Education approved a budget recommendation for the state’s colleges and universities that seeks to restore half of the state funding cuts imposed since 2007-08 and subjects the entire amount to achievement of campus-specific outcomes such as increases in retention, degrees and credentials produced, graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. Meeting at Gateway Community...