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

      Postsecondary and K-12 education leaders will convene in Louisville Oct. 29 - 30 to discuss preparing teachers and school leaders to use data and research so that K-12 students graduate ready for college and the global workplace.

      This year’s Teacher Quality Summit, “College Readiness and Global Competence: The New Horizon of Teacher Education,”  is co-sponsored by Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities and the Council on Postsecondary Education and is co-hosted this year by the University of Louisville. Currently in its eighth year, the event brings together chief academic officers, deans and faculty in arts and sciences and education, K-12 educators and other state policymakers to discuss postsecondary education’s responsibility for improving teacher quality in Kentucky. 

      “National education leaders are calling for states to work across the educational spectrum and form partnerships between employers and educators to raise the level of students’ achievement,” said Brad Cowgill, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

     “This summit models that effort and focuses on developing the level of student learning that the Commonwealth needs to prepare all Kentuckians for postsecondary education and globally competitive employment.”
     Keynote speakers at the 2007 summit include:

     • Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University
     • Helen Mountjoy, executive director of the Greater Owensboro Alliance for Education
     • Elaine Farris, deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education
     • Phillip S. Rogers, executive director of the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
            To view the full summit agenda, please visit


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