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Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Recognizing inequities is an important first step

February 3, 2021
On Jan. 20, Kamala Harris, our first female, Black and Asian vice president, took the oath of office. As she laid her hand on the bible of Thurgood Marshall, she was surely thinking about this mentor and civil rights pioneer, who as a young lawyer... Read more >>


Kentucky campuses assisting students down to the "last dollar" with scholarships

February 3, 2021
Even before the economic challenges of COVID-19, more and more Kentucky universities have been turning to "last dollar" scholarships in a bid to ramp up financial aid and help students with the greatest needs continue on to college. Read more >>

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What does Kentucky's vaccine push mean for college campuses?

February 3, 2021
As Kentucky moves forward on a massive effort to vaccinate against COVID-19, college faculty and staff rank relatively high in the distribution plan, and public universities are supporting the rollout with space and medical volunteers to help administer... Read more >>

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Commonwealth Education Continuum announces members, kicks off work

February 3, 2021
Dozens of state policy leaders have kicked off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky's education system and into the workforce. Read more >>

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Legislature reconvenes with focus on passing new state budget

February 3, 2021
State lawmakers kicked off the remainder of the 2021 General Assembly this week with nearly a dozen bills related to higher education – and a new state budget – awaiting action in committee. Before legislators gaveled out last month, Gov. Andy... Read more >>


New CPE research highlights the financial benefits of college degrees

January 28, 2021
New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college degrees and other credentials provide a substantial boost to lifetime earnings, often totaling upwards of $1 million or more. The findings are part of a new series... Read more >>

Gov. Andy Beshear

CPE president praises Beshear's funding proposal for higher education

January 8, 2021
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said Friday that the new budget plan from Gov. Andy Beshear would help shore up higher education and strengthen the workforce at an urgent time for the state's economy... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Higher education must continue to innovate in 2021

January 7, 2021
Last year, COVID-19 put higher education to the test, but colleges and universities met the challenge through ingenuity and innovation. As institutions reimagined procedures and protocols for bringing students back to campus, they also made important... Read more >>

Amanda Ellis

Council leader on P-20 policy discusses new Commonwealth Continuum in Q&A

January 7, 2021
As associate vice president for P-20 policy and programs, Amanda Ellis will help coordinate CPE's role on the new Commonwealth Education Continuum. She has more than two decades of experience in education, including 14 years at Kentucky middle and... Read more >>

Grace Dai

CPE analyst wins award for her work at UK International Center

January 7, 2021
An analyst for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has received recognition from an international educators group for her efforts to support diversity and promote cross-cultural experiences. The NAFSA: Association of International Educators... Read more >>

Shannon Gilkey

CPE policy advisor tapped to lead Rhode Island higher education system

January 7, 2021
Shannon Gilkey, a senior policy advisor for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and vice chancellor at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, has been appointed as the new Rhode Island commissioner on postsecondary education... Read more >>

Lt. Gov. Coleman

Work Ready Scholarship designed to fast-track Kentuckians from classroom to career

January 7, 2021
As lieutenant governor, secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, educator, and mom, I believe every Kentuckian has the right to world-class education and high-quality job training. We must do better to provide all Kentuckians... Read more >>

Last Updated 11/29/2021