Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555 ext. 308

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Developmental Education Task Force is working to submit a report to the Council on Postsecondary Education Jan. 29 announcing six priority recommendations to improve student readiness for college in Kentucky. The final recommendations will be reviewed by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) for implementation in 2007.

Members initially identified 39 recommendations based on seven problem statements. At their Jan. 8 meeting, members consolidated the larger group into six primary recommendations focusing on integrating accountability; updating college admissions regulations; aligning college readiness standards across high school, adult education and postsecondary education; funding infrastructure needs; expanding early student interventions and strengthening educator preparation.

“Collaboration between all education sectors is necessary to improve the success of Kentucky’s underprepared college students,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “The task force’s final recommendations will provide a road map to make significant strides in this area.”

The task force, chaired by Council vice chair John Turner, was convened in August 2006 by the CPE Quality and Accountability Policy Group to construct a comprehensive plan for improving the outcomes of postsecondary developmental education. The group met with state educational program leaders, university leaders and national experts to review national developmental education research and policy, including Dr. Hunter Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education. 

For more information about the Developmental Education Task Force, visit

Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.


Last Updated 1/9/2007