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CPE new data-driven assessment of academic programs to emphasize jobs, market demand

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has launched a new data-driven assessment of academic programs to help ensure they align with the state’s strategic goals and prepare students for career success in the evolving marketplace. CPE is partnering with Gray Associates, a nationally recognized consulting and analytics firm, to conduct the review. Gray’s program evaluation system provides...

CPE report shows Kentucky colleges and universities make substantial progress toward education goals

Kentucky colleges and universities continued to make substantial progress toward the state’s educational attainment goals in 2019-20, exceeding targets for both STEM+H degrees and degrees among underrepresented minority students. According to the latest figures from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, production of undergraduate credentials rose 3.3 percent compared to the prior year....

CPE leader Aaron Thompson named to State Higher Education Executive Officers executive committee

Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been appointed to the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a national advocacy group focused on higher education policy. The executive committee is responsible for shaping SHEEO’s federal priorities and strategies and leading its communications with Congress, the U.S. Department...

Schools, parents and students across Kentucky asked to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week

GEAR UP Kentucky is asking students, parents and educators across the state to help celebrate National GEAR UP Week on social media, highlighting the importance of college preparation and success along with the financial and social benefits of higher education. The national celebration began Monday and runs through Friday. “GEAR UP Kentucky is delivering services in new and innovative ways this year,”...

Freshman enrollment at Kentucky universities remains steady; students want campus experience

Preliminary estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education show that freshman enrollment at public universities has remained largely steady this semester despite COVID-19 and the struggling economy. The initial estimates, released on Tuesday, indicate that 18,373 freshmen enrolled at public, four-year institutions in fall 2020, down only 44 students – or 0.2 percent – from the previous...

WKU president says fall semester a time of ‘hopefulness in the face of enormous challenges’

As Western Kentucky University prepares for a fall semester like no other in its history, there are still milestones to celebrate and goals to attain, President Timothy C. Caboni said during his annual convocation address. Even the address itself was unusual, delivered virtually to adhere to guidelines designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “The past five months have been difficult, each of us...

CPE president applauds mask requirements; colleges, universities mandate face coverings

President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is praising the widespread efforts on campuses to protect health by requiring face masks in classrooms and at most public gatherings. Kentucky’s public two- and four-year institutions have all implemented policies in recent weeks that will mandate the use of masks during the fall 2020 semester. The policies are consistent...

CPE names 22 students to new advisory panel to offer diverse perspectives on concerns, policies

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has named 22 college students to a new advisory panel that will offer diverse perspectives on student concerns and policies in higher education. The Student Advisory Group is set to begin this month and continue its work through June 2021. CPE policy leaders hope to glean insights from the group on both high-level issues and matters that may need more...

CPE report predicts strong 10-year growth in health care sector; degree production on pace to meet demand

A new report from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) shows that jobs in health care are expected to jump 12 percent during the next decade, expanding at nearly twice the average rate for all other jobs across the state. Meanwhile, Kentucky colleges and universities are on track to meet the demand for health care degrees and other credentials by 2024 following years of steady gains. The...

CPE approves historically low tuition increases for 2020-21; rates a financial win for students

In a financial win for students, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education finalized tuition rates for public universities, preserving college affordability with the smallest average rate increase in decades. The historic move allows resident, undergraduate students to enter the 2020-21 academic year with an average tuition increase of only 0.7 percent. That continues a now four-year trend of...

CPE projects $144M impact on campuses from COVID-19; schools adapting with innovation

New estimates from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) show that COVID-19 has inflicted a staggering financial toll on public colleges and universities, driving unexpected costs and lost revenue at a time when campuses are striving to keep tuition low. CPE President Aaron Thompson provided the numbers to state lawmakers Wednesday in a report to the Interim Budget Review Subcommittee...

CPE offers flexibility on college readiness standards; campuses have chance to assess student placement

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is allowing greater flexibility for the 2020-21 academic year in how campuses assess student readiness for college-level work. CPE’s college readiness standards, outlined in state regulation, help campuses determine course placement following admission to a public institution. Students who fail to meet the standards must take corequisite courses,...

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...