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New partnership will connect education to workforce needs in Kentucky

October 7, 2021
Kentucky has embarked on a new initiative to create clearer pathways to gainful employment for graduates, especially for minority and low-income students. Read More >>

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CPE awards grants to increase educator diversity in Kentucky

October 7, 2021
Kentucky has felt the effects of the nationwide teacher shortage, especially among underrepresented minorities, and three universities get grants to tackle the issue. Read More >>

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CPE report shows that higher education pays for college completers

October 7, 2021
Is higher education worth the cost? To find out, the Council tracked how Kentucky high schoolers from the Class of 2011 fared when it came to college completion and costs, employment, salaries and more. Read More >>

Commonwealth Education Continuum releases recommendations to strengthen education to workforce pipeline

Commonwealth Education Continuum releases recommendations to strengthen education to workforce pipeline

October 7, 2021
After six months of meeting with constituents, the Continuum has developed recommendations for Kentucky's P20 system. Read More >>

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Q&A with CPE Chair Lucas Mentzer, Part 2

October 7, 2021
Chair Mentzer discusses how Kentucky is closing the gap in graduation rates faster than any state in the nation and the role of internships and apprenticeships in the future of higher ed. Read More >>

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Op-Ed: Affordability a shared goal since higher education matters – for everyone

September 7, 2021
While the CPE is working to ensure postsecondary education is affordable for all Kentuckians, there’s more that students, parents and Kentucky’s leaders can do to lower the cost of college. Read More >>

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Kentucky postsecondary degree programs provide paths to pay equity

September 7, 2021
CPE's latest analysis identified academic programs that prepare URM and low-income students for successful careers. Learn about the report’s 10 recommendations to improve equitable career outcomes. Read More >>

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Q&A with CPE Chair Lucas Mentzer, Part 1

September 7, 2021
Seeing families lifted out of poverty and other benefits of higher education is what motivates Lucas Mentzer to serve as CPE’s board chair. Read part one of our interview with him. Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: We cannot take URM progress for granted

September 7, 2021
Kentucky’s rate of progress is greater than most states when it comes to URM students, but we must do more to accelerate the progress to ensure low-income URM students don’t get left behind. Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Kentucky higher ed fuels optimism, even during pandemic

August 4, 2021
Higher Education Matters, now more than ever. As we witnessed during the pandemic, Kentucky workers with a college degree or credential were far more likely to stay employed than high school graduates. And as Kentucky continues its recovery, we are... Read More >>

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Q&A with Ilona Burdette, head of the Kentucky Virtual Library

August 4, 2021
We sat down with Ilona Burdette, KYVL’s executive director, to discuss the role of libraries in providing access to online resources and internet connectivity during the pandemic. Read More >>

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Dual credit programs at KCTCS improve grades and completion rates

August 3, 2021
Students who took dual credit courses before enrolling at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) were more likely to score higher grades and earn a college credential, according to a new study. Read More >>

CPE announces grants to increase educator diversity across the state

CPE announces grants to increase educator diversity across the state

August 2, 2021
CPE will award up to $500,000 in competitive grants this fall to help educator preparation programs increase the number of K-12 teachers in Kentucky from underrepresented groups. The money is a part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief... Read More >>

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CPE names Rick Smith to lead workforce and economic development

July 6, 2021
CPE announced that Rick W. Smith Sr., a professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education and private sector leadership, will serve as the Council's new associate vice president for workforce and economic development. Read More >>

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CPE balances affordability and flexibility with new tuition rates

July 6, 2021
CPE has approved the final tuition rates for public colleges and universities next year, holding increases near historic lows while also helping campuses replenish revenue following the pandemic. Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Community... Read More >>

Lilly Massa-McKinley

Higher education leader to helm new student success collaborative

July 6, 2021
Lilly Massa-McKinley, a career leader in higher education with a focus on improving equity and student outcomes, will serve as executive director for the new Kentucky Student Success Collaborative. CPE, which created the collaborative this year,... Read More >>

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New website helps students research college majors, and salaries

July 6, 2021
Students have a new interactive tool to research degree programs at Kentucky's public colleges and universities, allowing them to compare tuition, student debt and salaries for hundreds of occupations before choosing a major. The tool, called the... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: CPE's strategic agenda provides higher ed cornerstone

July 6, 2021
Planning and development for CPE’s new statewide strategic agenda is well underway. We’ve spoken to hundreds of constituents, policy experts and campus leaders, along with students and parents. Find out more about our process and priorities for... Read More >>

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Campuses focusing on high impact practices to improve student success

July 6, 2021
When Madisonville Community College (MCC) looked to increase retention among low-income students a few years ago, administrators started with a basic need: food. Read More >>

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Short-term credentials have surged 110% in Kentucky

July 6, 2021
New research funded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) shows that more and more Kentuckians are heading to college to earn short-term certificates, particularly in STEM-related fields, skilled trades and health care. In two... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: CPE using advanced data tool to assess academic programs

June 2, 2021
If you've been paying attention to higher education trends over the last decade, you're probably familiar with the term "data analytics." In a nutshell, data analytics is the practice of using student data to optimize learning outcomes and increase... Read More >>

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CPE providing $1.5 million in grants to summer bridge programs

June 2, 2021
CPE is distributing $1.5 million in grants to support nearly two dozen summer "bridge" programs that prepare students for early college success. Gov. Andy Beshear and CPE President Aaron Thompson have announced that 21 programs at Kentucky colleges... Read More >>

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Student TikTok video wins "Champion" banner for promoting FAFSA

June 2, 2021
Kyrin and Jaydan Norris, two sisters from Garrard County, Kentucky, had an important question for their fans on TikTok. "What happens to a student who works hard and fills out their FAFSA?" They never expected such a huge reaction. Read More >>

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CPE report shows large income gaps along racial and ethnic lines

June 2, 2021
Despite growing diversity in Kentucky's workforce, Black and Asian employees still face massive income disparities when compared to white peers, even after earning a superior college degree. That's one of several findings in a newly released research... Read More >>

Last Updated 10/12/2021