Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education
Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship to feature national speakers; Council meets at WKU earlier today

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The trustees and regents of Kentucky’s public colleges and universities will meet tomorrow (Friday) in Bowling Green for the 2009 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship. The keynote speaker will be Kati Haycock, founder and president of The Education Trust.

A national education advocate and policy leader, Haycock will share national data on access and success in higher education, especially for low-income students and students of color, and steps that institutions can take to increase opportunities for all.

“These students can go to college and succeed if institutions focus on not only getting them in the door but out with a degree. Increasing college completions is important to the economic future of our country, and narrowing gaps between groups is important to the health of our democracy,” explained Haycock in a phone interview.

Highlights of the conference include luncheon remarks by Governor Steve Beshear and the presentation of the 2009 Acorn Awards by Dave Adkisson, CEO and president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The awards will recognize the contributions of two outstanding faculty members.

The conference, “Raising the Bar: Access, Quality and Success,” will also include sessions on the 2010 legislative session, enrollment management, ethics and a board development workshop.

Meeting this afternoon on the campus of Western Kentucky University, the Council:

  • Heard the annual report presentation from Gary Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. The report provided a summary of the role private colleges are playing in the state’s effort to meet postsecondary education goals, how their role can be enhanced, and challenges they face.
  • Revised the residency administrative regulation to conform to new federal legislation on tuition benefits for active duty military personnel. The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires states that participate in federal student financial aid programs to grant in-state tuition to members of the Armed Forces who have been on active duty for 30 days, where that member has a permanent duty station in the state where the member is enrolling. The federal law also provides that the benefit will continue regardless of the status of the person if they remain in continuous enrollment. The benefit conferred by federal law extends to the spouse and dependent child.
  • Approved regional stewardship funding allocations of $288,000 each to Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University.
  • Approved a regulation regarding the licensing of independent colleges in Kentucky and a corresponding fee schedule. The regulation addresses the increased volume in the number of institutions recruiting and operating in the state. The fee structure will provide funds to provide greater oversight and a more complex review process to protect citizens and institutions from fraudulent practices, unfair competition or substandard educational programs.
  • Approved a regulation regarding licensed out-of-state colleges’ eligibility for Kentucky Tuition Grants. Beginning with the 2011-12 academic year, in order to be eligible for Kentucky Tuition Grants, a licensed out-of-state school for which accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is not an option shall undergo a review by the Council on Postsecondary Education based upon SACS accreditation criteria.
  • Approved the CPE President’s plan of work through July 2010. The plan sets clear policy priorities that will guide the work of the president and staff over the coming year.

The next meeting of the Council will be a special meeting scheduled Oct. 1 to discuss the 2010-2012 budget for postsecondary education. The next regular meeting will be Nov. 6.

To access the conference agenda, visit



Last Updated 9/10/2009