Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education
Council on Postsecondary Education to host developmental education conference

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555 ext. 308

Note to editors and reporters: This event is open to the media. Please stop by the registration desk for a complete conference information packet. See the 2006 Kentucky Conference on Developmental Education Agenda for event schedule.

(Frankfort, KY)—The Council on Postsecondary Education will host a conference next week in Lexington aimed at improving developmental education and support services for underprepared students enrolled at the state’s colleges and universities.

“Developmental education is essential to helping students succeed in college,” stated Tom Layzell, president of the Council.  “As a system, we must meet the needs of today’s underprepared learners, while we continue to work with our P-12 partners to improve the preparation of students for postsecondary education in the future.”

Layzell added, “The bottom line is this--we want to ensure our institutions have the resources to provide adequate support services so every student can succeed and graduate.”

Kentucky’s postsecondary education leaders will converge in Lexington March 13-14 for the 2006 Kentucky Conference on Developmental Education. Conference attendees will meet at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and will hear from three national speakers and a plenary panel of state policymakers.

Conference sessions will provide a variety of best practices and successful strategies in developmental student support. Institutions will also be participating in team-planning sessions to examine programs that currently serve underprepared students and develop plans to improve future services.

A panel of state policy makers including representatives from the Kentucky General Assembly, the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Education Cabinet and the Department of Education will offer their perspectives on developmental education and discuss state priorities.

Featured national speakers include:

  • Dr. Robert H. McCabe is executive director of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges, senior fellow with the League for Innovation in the Community College, and president emeritus of Miami-Dade Community College. Since his retirement from Miami-Dade, Dr. McCabe has concentrated on underprepared students, completing the National Study of Community College Remedial Education.
  • Ms. Jane A. Neuburger is director of the Tutoring & Study Center at Syracuse University. Ms. Neuburger currently serves as the chair of the National Association for Developmental Education Certification Council, which helps programs assess their impact on student success through the use of best practices, effective evaluation, and quality research.
  • Dr. Barbara S. Bonham is project coordinator and statistician for the National Study of Developmental Education and assists the center with special projects and research. She is a professor and coordinator of higher education graduate programs in the department of leadership and educational studies at Appalachian State University.

As a follow-up to a 2000 statewide meeting on developmental education, the 2006 conference is a renewal of the postsecondary system’s commitment to developmental education.

Strategies developed as a result of this conference will address issues raised in a report released by the Council on Postsecondary Education in November. Underprepared Students in Kentucky: A First Look at the 2001 Mandatory Placement Policy, found that 54 percent of students entering a Kentucky college or university in 2001 were underprepared in mathematics, reading and/or English. The report can be accessed on the Council Web site at



Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 235,083 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.


Last Updated 3/10/2006