Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Mary Morse
502-573-1555, ext. 239

(FRANKFORT,Ky.) – The Council on Postsecondary Education will host the 2007 Kentucky Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning May 14-15 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.

The annual conference offers a forum for college faculty and administrators to discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning and to share innovative instructional techniques and technologies.

The theme of this year's conference is "Engaging Campus and Community." Featured speakers include Dr. Larry Michaelson, professor of management at Harmon College of Business and Central Missouri State University, and Dewayne Matthews, senior research director of the Lumina Foundation.

 “We must ensure our students are prepared to live and work in Kentucky by providing quality instruction both in the classroom and online,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “It is imperative we engage our postsecondary faculty to discuss strategies for continuous improvement in this area.”

Several conference sessions will focus on how faculty can use results of the National Survey of Student Engagement to increase student engagement in the classroom. The Council requires institutions to implement the National Survey of Student Engagement once every two years as part of its institutional accountability system. National speakers in these sessions include Thomas Nelson Laird, director of the national Faculty Survey of Student Engagement program, and Robert Smallwood, associate provost for assessment at the University of North Florida.

Conference events also include a presentation of the Kentucky Virtual Campus Online Excellence Awards, which recognize successful online teaching and learning by instructors offering courses via KYVC. Up to four awards of $500 will be presented, each including a trophy, certificate and the recipient’s choice of an honorarium for speaking at the conference on the award submission or a grant for equipment purchases or travel to a professional conference related to online teaching and learning.

For more information about the KYVC Online Excellence Awards, visit For more information about the 2007 Kentucky Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, visit



Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.


Last Updated 8/23/2007