Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555 ext. 308
Cell: 502-330-6596

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Council on Postsecondary Education Vice President Jim Applegate will serve on the steering committee for a U.S. Department of Education national summit to discuss the implementation of the final report of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Steering committee members, which include several governors, university presidents and CEOs, will meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings following the summit to refine and advance implementation of the Commission’s agenda.

The Commission’s report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education, sets forth a national agenda to improve access, affordability and accountability in U.S. higher education. The purpose of the summit, to be held March 21-22 in Washington D.C., is to provide clear expectations for state education leaders as they begin work on the Commission’s agenda.

“We are pleased Dr. Applegate is representing Kentucky in this national initiative,” said Thomas Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Helping to move this national agenda forward will further support Kentucky’s efforts and provide opportunities to collaborate with other states.”

Applegate served on a Student Learning Workgroup, which developed recommendations for implementation to be discussed at the summit. Layzell and Sarah Hawker, vice president for adult education, will also attend the summit. Hawker has represented Kentucky on a Serving Adults and Other Non-traditional Learners Workgroup.

To view a copy of the final report of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, visit the U.S. Department of Education 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 3/20/2007