Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 23, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555 ext. 308
Cell: 502-330-6596

     Adult education programs in 70 Kentucky counties will share more than $1 million in incentive funds from Kentucky Adult Education for meeting or exceeding enrollment and performance goals in the 2006 -07 fiscal year. 

     To qualify for incentive funds, local adult education programs must meet or exceed enrollment goals and at least 50 percent of their performance indicators. Performance indicators for 2006-07 include family literacy enrollment, GED attainment, transition of GED graduates to postsecondary education or training, and increase in academic skills.

     Brad Cowgill, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education, recognized this as an important step toward Kentucky’s goal of raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020.

     “For Kentucky to double the number of college graduates by 2020, we must ensure more adults are earning GEDs and transitioning to college to earn their degree,” said Cowgill.

     In accordance with the state’s ‘Double the Numbers’ goal, KYAE is working to increase the number of GEDs awarded annually to 15,000 and the college-going rate of GED graduates to 36 percent by 2020. In 2006, the state awarded 9,007 GEDs and had a GED college-going rate of 21 percent.

     “In six years, nearly 70,000 Kentuckians earned a GED, ranking Kentucky 13th nationally in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED,” said Sarah Hawker, vice president of Kentucky Adult Education at the Council. “This level of success in our local programs will ensure this kind of progress continues.”

     Performance incentive funding for each program is based on a percentage of the performance indicators achieved and is awarded as a percentage of their base funding. Programs can receive an award up to 10 percent of their base funding for achieving 100 percent of performance indicator goals.

     For a list of county programs receiving incentive funds, visit the KYAE Web site. 


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 10/23/2007