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Local public libraries to get free access to Kentucky Virtual Library; CPE partners with KDLA to fund effort

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) announced a partnership Thursday that will provide all state residents with free access to the Kentucky Virtual Library during the upcoming school year. “My administration is education first and this pandemic is demonstrating how we need to further our efforts to provide educational...

Education officials urge students to apply for federal financial aid amid decline caused by COVID-19

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence are urging all high school seniors, college students and returning adults to apply for federal aid this year amid a decline in applications due to COVID-19. The number of Kentucky students filing the Free Application for Federal Student...

Tuition at Western Kentucky University to remain unchanged for 2020-21 academic year

Tuition at Western Kentucky University will remain unchanged for the 2020-21 academic year. The WKU Board of Regents has approved the tuition schedule, which must now be approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The last time tuition was held flat was 1979-80. The Board also waived the distance learning surcharge fee — $150 per credit hour for full-time students engaged in an online...

Dr. Rudolph Buchheit: In Kentucky, we are meeting the engineering talent demand — and much more

Earlier this month, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education released results of a study assessing engineering workforce trends relative to the offerings and effectiveness of engineering programs of Kentucky schools, colleges and universities. The study found that Kentucky engineering jobs are growing slightly faster than engineering jobs across the U.S., and that earnings for engineers are...

CPE seeks students for higher education advisory group; panel to provide insight for policy leaders

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is seeking a diverse group of students to serve on a new advisory panel that will provide insight to policy leaders on key issues within higher education. The Student Advisory Group will offer input on high-level student concerns along with any matters that may not normally rise to the attention of student government or campus boards. The group...

Two years early, Kentucky’s public universities hit key targets on STEM+H bachelor’s degrees

Kentucky’s public universities chalked up another win for workforce readiness in 2018-19, surpassing a major milestone for bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM+H fields – science, technology, engineering, math and health care. The state’s strategic plan, “Stronger by Degrees,” called on universities to produce at least 6,620 STEM+H degrees annually by the 2020-21 academic year. However,...

CPE’s statewide diversity plan driving Kentucky campuses to narrow achievement gap

In a testament to Kentucky’s statewide diversity plan for higher education, colleges and universities across the commonwealth made important strides in 2018-19 in closing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students. According to the latest progress report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), bachelor’s degrees conferred to minority students at public and private...

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....

Dr. Koffi Akakpo: It’s clear that higher education matters to Central Kentucky and to our entire state

As we discuss budgets and goals, review accomplishments and meet with our governor and legislators, it is clear that higher education matters to Central Kentucky and to our state as a whole. Emsi, a national higher ed research firm, conducted a study in 2019 that determined Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s total annual economic impact on Central Kentucky is $419M in added income and 6,516...

Statement from CPE President Aaron Thompson on higher education’s response to COVID-19

By Aaron Thompson Council on Postsecondary Education In light of the threat from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), now a national emergency, many of Kentucky’s colleges and universities have temporarily suspended classes, moved instruction online, or have closed or are considering closure for the remainder of the semester. Thompson The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is operating on a regular...

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...