Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education
Kentucky selected to participate in National Governors Association Policy Academy to strengthen accountability systems

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 17, 2011  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The Council on Postsecondary Education today announced that Kentucky was one of six states selected to participate in the National Governors Association (NGA) Policy Academy on strengthening postsecondary education accountability systems.

The policy academy focuses on efficiency and effectiveness metrics and incorporating those metrics into decision making processes.

Other states selected in the highly competitive process include Colorado, Connecticut, Missouri, Nevada and Utah.

Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King said the $30,000 sub-grant will improve Kentucky’s capacity to gather, analyze and communicate postsecondary performance data as it relates to Kentucky’s workforce and economy, as well as strengthen efficiency and effectiveness.

“We are honored that NGA recognized Kentucky’s strong foundation for accountability embedded in our new strategic agenda,” said King. “This grant will help us go even further in linking the work of our campuses to specific workforce needs in Kentucky."

Funds will be used to convene state workforce, education and economic development experts to further define higher education’s role in workforce development and to forge stronger ties between Kentucky’s postsecondary education accountability system, the P-20 Data Collaborative housed in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and economic and workforce metrics, goals and priorities.

Kentucky’s winning proposal calls for assembling a College-to-Career (C2C) Study Group to accomplish the following:

  • Hire a consultant to analyze gaps between degrees and credentials produced and current and projected workforce needs.
  • Further develop and refine common workforce and education-related metrics and goals to enhance the postsecondary accountability system.
  • Assist the statewide P-20 Data Collaborative to develop and disseminate reports based on newly linked education and workforce data.
  • Include new efficiency and effectiveness measures in the postsecondary education accountability system to accelerate postsecondary progress despite state budget constraints.

“Kentucky is excited to use this opportunity to improve the alignment between postsecondary education and labor,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Joseph U. Meyer. “This will help us better meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s current and future workforce.”

The state leadership team consists of the following:

  • Joseph U. Meyer, Secretary, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
  • Bob King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education
  • Representative Carl Rollins
  • Jay Box, Chancellor, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Dave Adkisson, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Kathi Marshall, Office of the State Budget Director

States participating in the Policy Academy will receive guidance and technical assistance from NGA staff and faculty experts, as well as consultants from the private sector, research organizations, academia and the federal government. The strategies and policies developed by the selected states are intended to serve as ideas and best practices for all states. Funding for the academy is provided by Lumina Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Last Updated 10/17/2011