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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Faculty member

Kentucky higher education to receive another $20M from CARES Act

November 25, 2020
Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that Kentucky colleges and universities will avoid state budget cuts this fiscal year while also receiving $20 million in federal relief to help cover costs related to COVID-19. The allocation is part of $1.6 billion... Read more >>


CPE review of academic programs to emphasize jobs, market demand

November 25, 2020
The Council has launched a new data-driven assessment of academic programs to help ensure they align with the state's strategic goals and prepare students for career success in the evolving marketplace. CPE is partnering with Gray Associates, a nationally-recognized... Read more >>

B. Stille

CPE begins final phase of Lumina-backed outreach efforts

November 25, 2020
The Council is launching the final phase of a $400,000 grant project – funded by Lumina Foundation – to improve outreach and support for college-going adults. CPE secured the grant from Lumina in 2018 to develop Kentucky's Adult Promise program,... Read more >>

Last Updated 1/9/2023