Council on Postsecondary Education
COUNCIL REVIEWS 10-YEAR REPORT ON POSTSECONDARY REFORM
At a meeting today in Frankfort, the Council on Postsecondary Education reviewed a 10-year report on postsecondary education reform released earlier this month by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Postsecondary Education Task Force. Aims McGuinness, senior associate of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and chief consultant to the task force, presented the report findings and recommendations.
Among its twelve recommendations, the task force report urges the Governor and General Assembly to fully support the Council’s plan to double the number of college graduates in the state by 2020. The recommendations also advocate more legislative involvement in the development of postsecondary education’s strategic agenda and budget, closer partnerships between economic development and postsecondary education and increased involvement of the Council in the development of financial aid policy.
“The business community has provided valuable insights and encouragement to the goals of higher education and we are particularly grateful for the Kentucky Chamber’s endorsement of the Double the Numbers goal,” said Brad Cowgill, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Our budget request aligns closely with the recommendations of the report, and we are eager to work closely with our legislative, business and economic development partners to implement the task force’s recommendations.”
In other business, the Council:
- Reviewed the results of a statewide survey of Kentucky adults who attended a Kentucky college or university, but did not earn a bachelor’s degree. The survey was conducted earlier this year to identify barriers, needs and motivations of this group related to returning to college to complete their degree. Of the 1,600 survey respondents, almost half indicated they were somewhat or very likely to return to college in the next two to three years.
- Approved $400,000 to Northern Kentucky University to support its regional stewardship program. NKU’s regional stewardship program consists of four initiatives, including the Virtual CIO initiative which provides technology assistance, collaboration and services for K-12, city, and county governments and small-to medium-sized businesses in the Northern Kentucky area.
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.