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CPE data shows college graduation, retention rates continue to climb

February 3, 2021
Despite a spring semester marred by COVID-19, graduation and retention rates continued to climb at Kentucky's public universities last year, and the net cost of attending college has held mostly steady across the state. The latest data from the Kentucky... 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 >>

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 >>

KY Capitol

Lawmakers launch into 2021 session under unusual budget time crunch

January 7, 2021
The Kentucky General Assembly kicked off the 2021 legislative session this week, facing the dual challenges of COVIID-19 and the need to pass a new state budget under a short, 30-day deadline. 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Aaron Thompson

Redefining Success: UK Grad Fails Out in 1989, Returns and Earns Degree 30 Years Later

December 4, 2020
With the help of Project Graduate, from his home in Arlington, Texas, Benjamin Scales started what he couldn't finish 30 years ago. Read more >>

Student with teacher

CPE co-leads new state collaboration to strengthen education pipeline

December 4, 2020
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is helping lead a new statewide partnership to assist students as they progress through each level of the public education system, from preschool through college and into sustainable careers. Called... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Despite challenges, higher education made important advances in 2020

November 25, 2020
December is the month for year-end lists, when editors curate the best the year had to offer. That got me thinking—what would earn a spot on 2020's "best of higher education" list? Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023