Council on Postsecondary Education
KENTUCKY COLLEGES AIM TO BECOME MORE ADULT FRIENDLY
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Representatives of Kentucky’s public and independent colleges will convene next week to examine issues and best practices that impact adult student success. The first-ever Kentucky Adult Learner Summit will be hosted by the Council on Postsecondary Education Feb. 4-5 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.
As the kickoff event for the Kentucky Adult Learner Initiative led by the Council and funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, the summit will address the barriers that prevent adult learners from reaching their educational potential. Discussion topics include ways to improve academic and public policy, student services, financial aid, and marketing of postsecondary education to better meet their unique needs.
“For Kentucky to meet its 2020 goal of doubling the number of college graduates in the state, we must reach outside the traditional high-school-to-college pipeline,” said Brad Cowgill, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Adult learners, who are often balancing full-time work and family responsibilities, have different needs than traditional college students and we must fully recognize and meet those needs.”
National experts scheduled to speak at the summit include leaders from the Southern Regional Education Board, the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning, the American Council on Education, the Lumina Foundation for Education, Jobs for the Future, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Kentucky speakers include legislative leaders and university presidents along with representatives from the business community including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Norton Healthcare Inc. and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers.
This summit is the first step in Kentucky’s efforts to address the needs of adult learners. Throughout 2008, the Council will convene policy work groups consisting of representatives from postsecondary and adult education, the General Assembly, state government agencies, business and industry and Council members to draft policy recommendations to encourage more adults to pursue degrees. In conjunction with these policy efforts, the Council will provide each public university with $50,000 to assess how adult-friendly their campuses are and make policy and organizational changes to address areas that need improvement.
To view the summit agenda, visit the Council Web site at http://www.cpe.ky.gov/policies/academicinit/al_summit.htm.
Kentucky is in the middle of the most dramatic economic and social transformation in its history. Double the Numbers: Kentucky’s Plan to Increase College Graduates explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity. College graduates earn more, are healthier, create a more robust economy, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Double the Numbers plan outlines five statewide strategies for Kentucky to achieve this ambitious, but achievable goal. While this effort will not be easy, the benefits of Doubling the Numbers will be felt by all Kentuckians.