Addressing teacher and healthcare workforce shortages among 2023 legislative priorities for higher education
November 22, 2022
President Aaron Thompson previewed for the council the agency’s 2023 legislative priorities for higher education at its November meeting
November 18, 2022
CPE President Aaron Thompson's remarks about the departure of NKU President Ashish Vaidya.
November 15, 2022
CPE, KDE and OneGoal announced that 13 Kentucky public school districts will participate in a statewide effort to receive postsecondary professional coaching at the school and district leadership levels to improve college readiness outcomes for stude...
November 2, 2022
This week, we held a special-called Council on Postsecondary Education meeting where we approved the management and improvement plan for Kentucky State University. This plan is the result of many months of effort by my staff and our partners at KSU,...
- Dec. 14
To strengthen partnership between education and local economies
CPE's tour is focused on bringing together higher ed, community and workforce leaders to address the immediate workforce shortage and increasing work-ready college graduates in the future to support business and industry, communities and regional economies.
Kentucky By the Numbers
- 8Public Universities
- 58%Six-Year Graduation Rate
- 28K+Degrees Awarded in AY21
- 16Community and Technical Colleges
- 40%Three-Year Graduation Rate
- 39K+Credentials Awarded in AY21
Kentucky's Progress to the 60x30 Goal
Educational Attainment of Kentucky Adults (2019)
Increases in the Number of Credential Holders
To reach Kentucky's goal of 60% with a credential by 2030, the number of Kentucky adults with a credential needs to increase 1.7% each year until 2030. Until the pandemic, the Commonwealth has surpassed this need since establishment of the goal in 2016.
"I believe that higher education unlocks the human potential, that college gives us the time and opportunity to explore our interests, to train for a career that challenges and inspires us. And it gives us a greater sense of meaning and purpose in life."
As a first-generation college student from rural Clay County, Kentucky, President Aaron Thompson experienced first-hand the transformative power of a college credential. Learn more about President Thompson >>
Kentucky's Strategic Agenda for Postsecondary Education
The strategic agenda serves as a blueprint to meet Kentucky’s educational attainment goal—to raise the percentage of Kentuckians with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 60% by the year 2030. It identifies five strategic priorities with an additional one as a cross-cutting priority (equity) for higher education that will guide innovation and improvement through 2030. Learn more about the strategic agenda >>
Making Higher Education Matter to Kentucky
Higher Education Matters, a statewide public awareness campaign in collaboration with Kentucky’s colleges and universities, is about promoting college going and elevating the importance of higher education to Kentucky’s residents and economy. Check out the website at KYHigherEDMatters.org for student resources, links to campuses, and marketing resources for our ambassadors.
Why Higher Ed Matters
- Earnings: College graduates earn more and are less likely to be unemployed and rely on public assistance.
- Health: College graduates are more likely to have access to better healthcare, exercise and enjoy better health.
- Civic Responsibility: College graduates are more likely to vote, donate to charity and be civically engaged.
- Literacy: College graduates are more likely to read to their children and be more supportive of their education overall.
- Employment: College graduates are more likely to find jobs and stay employed, even in a down economy.
- Economy: The state gains more from college graduates through higher earnings and less dependence on public assistance.