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Arthur Levine

A ‘Great Upheaval’ is coming to higher education

August 30, 2022
Arthur Levine, author, discusses the game-changing transformations coming to higher education and how colleges can successfully respond to them. Levine is the keynote speaker at this year's Postsecondary Education Trusteeship Conference. Read more >>

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CPE grants help colleges address healthcare workforce shortage

August 25, 2022
CPE's Healthcare Workforce Collaborative distributed $8 million in grants to Kentucky’s public 2- and 4-year colleges and universities to help address the healthcare workforce shortage. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson kicks off statewide ‘community conversations’ to address workforce shortage, skills gap

August 23, 2022
CPE President Aaron Thompson will kick off a statewide tour this week to discuss workforce shortages and how to increase work-ready college graduates in the future to support business and industry, communities and regional economies. Read more >>

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New CPE progress report shows 2020-21 college graduation rates up amid drop in enrollment

August 18, 2022
Learn how the Commonwealth has made long-range gains in closing equity gaps, and how the state's institutions fared during the height of the pandemic. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: College communities rally to support Eastern Kentucky

August 15, 2022
As I share in the excitement of a new school year for campuses across the Commonwealth, my heart is with our friends and colleagues affected by the floods in Eastern Kentucky. I’m also inspired by how our colleges and universities have stepped... Read more >>

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New CPE initiative aims to close equity gaps, increase graduation rates

August 3, 2022
Nine Kentucky colleges have identified strategies to increase degree completion rates and close equity gaps through an assessment process to identify areas of improvement as part of the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Network Demonstration Project. Read more >>

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New scholarships aim to offer humanitarian assistance, foster cultural exchange

July 26, 2022
CPE and KHEAA announced a new scholarship pilot program designed to support undergraduate students displaced by crises in their home countries. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

New collaborative aims to address healthcare workforce shortage

July 15, 2022
At a news conference, CPE announced its Healthcare Workforce Collaborative, a new partnership with colleges and universities, state agencies, the healthcare industry and the K-12 education system to address Kentucky's critical healthcare workforce... Read more >>

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Council on Postsecondary Education and Kentucky Department of Education launch statewide partnership with OneGoal to increase college enrollment, completion

July 8, 2022
Kentucky school districts are encouraged to apply now for the program, which supports students’ postsecondary success, will launch in August. Read more >>

Kim Welch

Kentucky GEAR UP director named to national advisory commission

July 5, 2022
GEAR UP Kentucky Executive Director Kim Welch is set to join the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) GEAR UP Advisory Commission for a three-year term Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s message: Reimagining the college student

June 30, 2022
If you ask most people to envision a college student, they’ll picture a young person fresh out of high school, living in a dorm room and attending class during the day to earn their four-year degree. But this narrow vision of who belongs in college... Read more >>


Q&A with Destiny O'Rourke

June 30, 2022
Destiny O’Rourke, director of CPE’s Kentucky Advising Academy, talks about CPE's latest initiative aimed at providing professional development and networking opportunities for school counselors and all P-12 educators in postsecondary education... Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023