Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 17, 2010  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education to participate in Tuning USA, a faculty-led pilot project designed to define what students must know, understand and be able to demonstrate after completing a degree in a specific field.

Kentucky joins Indiana, Minnesota, Texas and Utah as the fifth Tuning USA state to adopt the process that involves students and employers in linking college degrees to workplace relevance and students’ mastery of agreed-upon learning objectives.

The grant provides stipend and travel expenses for faculty to meet over the next year to align student learning outcomes with employer and graduate school requirements in the five disciplines of biology, business, elementary education, nursing and social work. Sixty-five faculty representatives from Kentucky’s two and four-year public and independent colleges and universities will participate.

Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King stated, “The Tuning USA process provides Kentucky’s faculty, students and employers a voice at a statewide level in determining what students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of an associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree in the five disciplines.

“Students and parents will benefit from the increase in transparency provided by clearly defined transfer pathways as called for by House Bill 160,” he added.

Tuning is the process of defining a body of knowledge and skills for a discipline in terms of general competencies and discipline-specific competencies for its graduates. These competencies are translated into learning outcomes that define levels of achievement at the associate, bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The Tuning process is distinctive in that it includes student, employer, and other stakeholder input in the deliberation.

The University of Kentucky hosted Kentucky’s Tuning USA kickoff meeting at the Hilary J. Boone Faculty Center in November. The Lumina Foundation’s Tuning consultants provided a training workshop for faculty participants.

Lumina Foundation for Education is an Indianapolis-based private foundation dedicated to expanding access to and success in education beyond high school.


Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change. For more information, log on to

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.


Last Updated 12/17/2010