Council on Postsecondary Education
KY HIGHER ED CHIEF TO BEGIN SECOND LEG OF COMMUNITY COLLEGE TOURS
The president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education will begin the second leg of his community college tours—more than a 16-city swing throughout the state—later this month.
President Bob King planned the tours to learn more about the campuses, including their academic programs of study and the condition of campus facilities. Another key priority is to meet with campus leadership, faculty and staff, students and community leaders to get a sense of what they think the needs of the campuses are.
“Staying in touch with the campuses is what these tours are all about,” King said. “I especially enjoy talking and listening to the students because that’s something I don’t get to do a lot.”
The second leg of the tours will include visits to nine colleges, including Ashland Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Henderson Community College, Maysville Community and Technical College, Owensboro Community and Technical College, Somerset Community College, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, West Kentucky Community and Technical College. A schedule for each visit will be announced as they become available.
The first leg of the community college tours included visits to Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Bowling Green Technical College, Gateway Community and Technical College, Hazard Community and Technical College with a stop at Lees College Campus, Hopkinsville Community College, Jefferson Community and Technical College with stops at Southwest Campus, Tech Campus and Downtown Campus, and Madisonville Community College.
King earlier visited all the public four-year universities and has met with many of their boards. While in the area, he frequently meets with legislators, media and speaks to local civic organizations.
King said he is looking forward to the next round of visits.
“I can look at facts and figures all day long, but the campus tours add meaning to the numbers,” said King. “It’s an invigorating and rewarding experience to interact with the people who are serving our students.”
The Council on Postsecondary Education is the coordinating agency for postsecondary education. The Council sets tuition, submits the biennial budget request for colleges, universities and Kentucky Adult Education, approves all academic programs, administers adult education, and facilitates and guides postsecondary involvement in K-12, among other responsibilities.
Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry. The overall quality of life for Kentuckians will also improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.