Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 11, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

Meeting earlier today, the Council on Postsecondary Education took action on several key items:

  • Approved a policy and process that will guide the 2010-11 tuition and mandatory fee setting process. The Council used the same policy for the 2009-10 academic year. It takes into account the following objectives--funding adequacy, shared benefits and responsibility, affordability and access, the need to attract and import talent, and effective use of institutional resources.

    The process also will be similar to last year’s and will provide ample time for broad discussion and input. The Council will approve tuition parameters at its April 23 meeting and approve each institution’s tuition and mandatory fee rates at the May 21 meeting.
  • Approved a proposal from Morehead State University to offer an Ed.D. in education leadership to address the needs of MSU’s service region, as well as the needs of Kentucky. The action comes after a review committee evaluated the proposal and after MSU amended its proposal to satisfy the committee’s request for additional information. The program stresses regional stewardship, student achievement and strengthening the workforce through improvements in the educational system at all levels.
  • Approved three other programs—a bachelor of science in military leadership and a master of science in instructional design, both at Western Kentucky University, and a master of science degree in chemical manufacturing management at Murray State University.
  • Approved three capital projects—two at Eastern Kentucky University and one at the University of Kentucky.
  • Amended the charge to the Committee on Equal Opportunities from developing a statewide diversity plan to developing a set of policies to guide the development of campus diversity plans.
  • Re-elected Paul Patton to his second term as chair of the Council and elected Pam Miller of Lexington as vice chair. Patton is the former governor of Kentucky and serves as president of Pikeville College. Miller is the former mayor of Lexington and replaces Dan Flanagan of Campbellsville who served as Council vice-chair since January 2007. Patton appointed the following members to serve on the Executive Committee with him—Miller, Flanagan, Glenn Denton and Jim Skaggs.

In other business, the Council:

  • Heard an update on the Kentucky Transfer Plan, developed by the Council of Chief Academic Officers and Council staff to ensure student mobility across Kentucky’s postsecondary educational system. The plan includes implementation of an electronic system that offers students, transfer advisors, registrars and faculty access to unified course articulation and transfer information, including the sequence of courses students should take to maximize transfer of credit for the most common degree programs. The system also will indicate whether a course will count toward general education or major requirements.
  • Heard an update on the development of the 2011-15 strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.
  • Heard a report on the 2010-12 Executive Budget and an update on legislation.

The next meeting of the Council will be held April 23 at the Council offices in Frankfort.

The Council agenda and meeting materials are available at


Last Updated 2/11/2010