Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 12, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Office: 502-573-1555 ext. 308
Cell: 502-330-6596

Note to editors: Photos of the final meeting and report signing of the Developmental Education Task Force are available at

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) --The Developmental Education Task Force approved a statewide plan today designed to improve college readiness and success for Kentucky students. The report, Securing Kentucky’s Future: A Plan for Improving College Readiness and Success, outlines six core recommendations to reduce the number of underprepared students entering postsecondary education and to better support and retain students who enter underprepared.

"These recommendations outline a comprehensive strategy to tackle the challenges Kentucky faces in the area of college preparation and success,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

The Council’s Quality and Accountability Policy Group formed the Developmental Education Task Force as a result of recent reports by the Council showing that in both 2002 and 2004 just over 50 percent of the first-time freshmen did not meet the Council’s standard for preparation in math, English, and reading. Members of the task force included representation from all sectors of education (K-12, adult education and postsecondary), as well as state leaders in the legislative and executive branches.

“The recommendations contained in this report are critical in our collective pursuit to increase educational attainment to the national average by 2020,” stated John Turner, chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education and chair of the task force.

The task force met with several national and state leaders in developmental education and initially identified 36 recommendations, which were consolidated into six core recommendations. The final report includes the original 36 recommendations, along with responsibilities of key partners and a timeline for implementation.

The six core recommendations of the plan include:

1. Update college admissions regulations
2. Create an integrated accountability system tied to performance funding
3. Fund infrastructure improvement
4. Align college readiness standards and tie to educator professional development
5. Better link educator preparation to college readiness
6. Develop early student interventions

Through this report, Kentucky is again being recognized on the national level for progressive programs to improve access in education. National experts who consulted with the task force and reviewed the final report agree that the report’s inclusive and systematic approach to addressing the issue of developmental education is commendable.

“K-12, adult education, teacher training programs and postsecondary education all have important roles to play as part of a systematic response to the issue and the report does a good job of identifying those roles,” said Dr. Hunter Boylan, director of the National Center for Developmental Education. 

Byron McClenney, project director and senior lecturer of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, also agreed with the task force’s approach.

“Kentucky is setting the pace for the nation, and many states should follow its lead on this important issue,” McClenney said.

The full task force report and more information about the Developmental Education Task Force are available on the Council Web site at

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 2/12/2007