Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- Kentucky postsecondary education reform received recognition as a best practice in several recent national publications.

 Federal Education Secretary Margaret Spellings cited Kentucky as a best practice in postsecondary education accountability in the December issue of the Association of Governing Board’s Trusteeship magazine.

 “In the area of accountability, I hope more boards will look at the example of the University of Texas, the South Dakota Board of Regents, or the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education,” Secretary Spelling states in the article. “These systems have clear goals for performance, which include learning outcomes, and they regularly report institutional progress to the legislature and the public.”

 “While we have a long way to go to reach our 2020 educational attainment goals, we can be proud of the progress achieved thus far,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “With the sustained support of our state leaders, Kentucky will continue to be recognized as a national leader in postsecondary education reform and accountability.” 

Kentucky’s Public Agenda for Postsecondary and Adult Education was again cited as a best practice in postsecondary strategic planning in a report recently released by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Transforming Higher Education: National Imperative - State Responsibility.

"The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education invited education, business, community and policy leaders to help devise a plan to raise the state's standard of living to the national average by 2020,” states the NCSL report. “The emerging agenda focused on improved adult literacy and doubling the number of working age Kentuckians who hold bachelor's degrees by 2020.”

Also, a recent article in Converge magazine, “When Governors Enter the Education Picture,”  discusses Governor Fletcher’s commitment to the alignment of education and workforce efforts. 

“Run out of the statehouse, this effort puts Kentucky, the longest running of the pre-K-20-workforce taskforces, in a position to create a single technology, delivery and policy network spanning all of its state-funded stakeholders. Their collective goal is to raise the graduation rate and education level of Kentucky citizens so that they, like other more economically active states, can compete in the global economy.”

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 1/4/2007