Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Strategic Agenda College Readiness Subgroup

Meetings and Materials:


For Kentucky to be economically competitive, we must do a better job preparing high school students and adults for postsecondary education, whether for a certificate, diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate program.  Too many students entering postsecondary education in Kentucky are not adequately prepared for college level work.

  • Nearly half of all recent high school graduates entering higher education require at least one developmental course.
  • Over a third of these students needed one or more courses in developmental math.
  • In 2008, the systemwide six-year graduation rate for white students (full-time, first-time) was 47 percent, compared to 33 percent for African American students and 39 percent for Hispanic students.
  • The average composite ACT score for white students in 2009 was 20.0, compared to 16.3 for African American students and 17.3 for Hispanic students.
  • The number of GED graduates has remained relatively flat since the early part of the decade.

Mission and Deliverables:

The College Readiness Subgroup will review relevant data and best practices and will propose objectives and strategies  that can be executed at the state level to better prepare K-12 and adult students for college-level study.  Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to:

  • Alignment of curricula and standards between secondary and postsecondary education.
  • Accelerated learning opportunities (i.e., dual enrollment, middle and early college high schools, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs). 
  • College readiness assessments and placement exams.
  • Early interventions, led by postsecondary institutions, for students who test at levels that indicate they are not on track to be college ready.
  • Admissions standards and requirements of our public universities.
  • Recruitment, pre-certification, and professional development of our K-12 and adult education teachers and school leaders.
  • Achievement gaps and college going among minority, low-income, first-generation, and adult students.
  • Student advising and early college awareness and planning.
  • Participation in adult education programs and GED achievement.


Lisa Osborne, Member, Council on Postsecondary Education
Joe Weis, Member, Council on Postsecondary Education

Staff Facilitator:

Sue Cain, Coordinator, Developmental Education and College Readiness

Subgroup Members

For the purposes of the strategic agenda planning work, “objectives” are defined as statements that describe an intended outcome, result, or process that are measurable, quantifiable, and achievable. (e.g., to increase the number of high school students going directly to college).  “Strategies” are defined as specific actions or activities that will be deployed to achieve objectives and performance targets.


Last Updated 6/22/2010