Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Lee Nimocks
502-573-1555 ext. 244

            (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Council on Postsecondary Education approved state and institutional performance goals for the 2007-08 academic year to help gauge the effectiveness of the postsecondary system, the public four-year universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Among the 32 numerical goals approved by the council include such indicators as preparation of entering freshmen, enrollment, degree production and preparation of college graduates for life and work. Goals for affordability, community engagement and business start-up measures are undergoing further review and will be brought to the council for approval in the near future.

For the first time, goals for enrollment, transfer, degree production and graduation rates were established based on numerical targets generated by a 2020 degree projections model, as well as historical performance and cohort data. The model provides institutions with the approximate performance needed each year for Kentucky to reach the national average in bachelor’s degree attainment by the year 2020.

“We continue to refine our accountability system so that it is performance-based, transparent and provides a wealth of consumer information at the institutional and state level,” stated Tom Layzell, council president. “We will continue to work with our institutions to ensure that state resources are aligned to strategic priorities.”

In 2005, the Council’s key indicators of performance were revised to correspond to the new five questions advanced by the 2005-2010 Public Agenda for Postsecondary and Adult Education. The current indicators are the work of an advisory group of institutional representatives and council staff charged with devising a focused set of measures to monitor and drive improvement in the areas most critical to reform.

            Council staff has worked with the institutions since July 2006 to finalize the 2007-08 goals. To view the goals, visit

            In other business, the Council:

  • Delegated to the CPE Executive Committee the authority to approve tuition and fees parameters for the universities and KCTCS for the academic year 2007-08. Council staff is finalizing recommendations related to tuition parameters for public institutions, nonresident student tuition and fees and policies related to reciprocity agreements. The Council will take action on tuition rates for each institution at tuition hearings expected to be scheduled in January.
  • Approved the creation of a CPE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Task Force to make recommendations regarding the creation of a statewide P-20 action plan to accelerate Kentucky's performance within the STEM disciplines. The task force will include representatives from education, government and business.
  • Approved changing the name of the Kentucky Virtual University to the Kentucky Virtual Campus. The new name is a result of a recommendation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and more accurately communicates the expanded scope of distance learning opportunities available in Kentucky.
  • Heard a report by Gary Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, which offered an overview of the independent sector's role in Kentucky postsecondary education including initiatives underway at member institutions that address statewide needs and goals related to the Public Agenda for Postsecondary and Adult Education.
  • Received a report indicating 14,423 baccalaureate degrees were awarded by Kentucky's public universities during 2005-06, representing a 6.4 percent increase over the 2004-05 academic year. Associate degrees increased by 5.3 percent and certificates by 49.7 percent over the previous year. 
  • Reviewed the 2005-06 agency audit as submitted by the firm of Moore Stephens Potter LLP. The audit showed no findings of noncompliance related to financial statements and no reportable conditions related to internal control over financial reporting.


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 11/7/2006