Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The Council on Postsecondary Education today approved 2009-10 tuition and mandatory fee ceilings for resident undergraduates at the state’s public colleges and universities.

The tuition ceiling at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System was set at 3 percent, the six comprehensive institutions will be allowed to increase tuition up to 4 percent, while the tuition cap for the two research institutions—University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville--was set at 5 percent.

CPE President Robert L. King said the process was a collaborative one and resulted in a balanced recommendation that sets the lowest tuition increase in over a decade.

"These ceilings demonstrate a genuine concern for students and families balanced with the need to preserve academic quality at our campuses. I commend our campus presidents for coming together to achieve this balance," said King.

The tiered approach is largely a reflection of the different cost structures associated with the different missions of the three sectors.

The Council also approved a minimum rate, or floor, for tuition and mandatory fees for nonresident undergraduates. The floor was set for at least two times the resident rate, an increase over last year’s rate of 1.75 times the resident rate.

In other tuition action, the Council approved Northern Kentucky University's full schedule of tuition and mandatory fees, including an exception to the nonresident undergraduate rate which was set at 1.9 times the resident rate. NKU officials said the exception was necessary to remain competitive with Ohio institutions.

The Council will take final action on the full schedule of tuition rates for all remaining public institutions, including graduate and first professional rates, at its May 22 meeting at Murray State University.

In other financial news, the Council reviewed an analysis of need and merit-based aid for full-time, in-state students for the 2007-08 academic year. The analysis showed that grants and scholarships covered the full cost of tuition, fees and books for most full-time, in-state students in the lowest income categories. Even students in the highest income categories received significant support through KEES and institutional aid. (To view the presentation, go to

The Council also heard that Kentucky’s higher education and adult education system has the opportunity to benefit in a number of ways from the recent federal stimulus package. While Council staff is still reviewing details to determine the impact and awaiting additional information, funding levels for public colleges and universities could be restored to FY08 levels. Additionally, Kentucky will have the opportunity to compete for federal research grants from agencies such as the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others.

Students in the lowest to moderate income levels will see increases in Pell grants and expanded higher education tax credits from the recently enacted stimulus package. The maximum Pell award for 2008-09 is $4,731, and it will increase to $5,350 in 2009 and $5,550 in 2010.

In other news, the Council:

  • Approved a seamless transfer articulation agreement among Eastern Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
  • Heard a progress report on the federal GEAR UP Kentucky grant. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the program seeks to improve college readiness and enrollment through support services for middle and high schools that serve large populations of low-income students. Data provided at the meeting demonstrated that test scores are improving among GEAR UP students.
  • Received a report and recommendations from the Kentucky Adult Learner Initiative to address the three major barriers for adult learners' access, affordability and aspiration.
  • Recognized two GED graduates for tying with the highest GED test score in Kentucky. Sarah Myers of California in northern Kentucky and Heather Thieneman of Taylorsville both earned a total score of 3890 out of a possible 4000. Kentucky's GED test centers administered tests to nearly 13,000 examinees in 2008 and more than 10,000 had passing scores.
  • Heard that Council member Phyllis Maclin, chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities, appointed two workgroups to implement the diversity planning process. The first workgroup will be chaired by Council member Lisa Osborne and it will ensure that the plan framework is within legal parameters. CEO member Charles Whitehead will chair the second workgroup which will deal with policy issues.

Before adjourning, the Council made the following committee appointments, including:

  • Executive Committee—named Governor Patton and Dan Flanagan will serve as chair and vice chair joined by members Glenn Denton, Lisa Osborne and Jim Skaggs.
  • President Evaluation Committee—appointed Donna Moore, John Turner and Joe Weis/
  • Budget Development Work Group—named Dan Flanagan as chair with members Chris Crumrine, Glenn Denton and Pam Miller.
  • Distance Learning Advisory Committee—appointed Donna Moore.
  • Kentucky Agricultural Council—heard that Dan Flanagan was appointed to the Committee on Rural Communities: Quality of Life, Conservation and Community Leadership Development.


Last Updated 3/10/2009