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Ilona Burdette

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 >>

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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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 >>

Student

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 >>

Students

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 >>

Student

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 >>

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 >>

Student

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 >>

Rick Smith

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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 >>

Students

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 >>

Employees

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 >>

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At Kentucky colleges, URM students continue to close gaps. What's behind the trend?

June 2, 2021

Over the past five years, minority students in Kentucky have gained significant ground in higher education, and campus leaders say a renewed focus on equity at every level is helping drive the progress. 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 >>

Students

CPE prioritizes college affordability with historically low tuition caps

June 2, 2021

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases near historic lows for the next two years, limiting the cost increase to students while also providing financial flexibility for public colleges and universities. The move... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson receives leadership award from Kentucky Hospital Association

June 2, 2021

President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), received the Health Care Governance Leadership Award from the Kentucky Hospital Association last month at the group's annual convention. 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 >>

Graduates

CPE report shows strong growth in minority degrees and credentials

May 7, 2021

Even with the turmoil of COVID-19, minority students in Kentucky achieved steady gains in college degrees and credentials last year, and overall, the state remains on pace to meet its educational attainment goals in 2030. CPE released those findings... Read More >>

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A financial win for higher education? Four takeaways from the new state budget

May 5, 2021

Let's face it – budgets are boring. But the state's new spending plan for 2021-22 includes some major victories for higher education and a lot of stuff you really should know. We combed through the whole thing so you don't have to. Read More >>

Benitez

College helped shape me to be the woman I am today

May 5, 2021

As I'm ending an important chapter in my life, I look back and see every difficult and joyful moment in college that made me who I am today – and I'm glad to say I'm proud of that person. Read More >>

Aaron Thompson with staff

CPE wins Isaac Murphy Government Partner of the Year Award for progress in diversity, equity and inclusion

May 5, 2021

CPE, under the leadership of President Aaron Thompson, received the prestigious Government Partner of the Year award at the 2021 Derby Diversity Business Summit in Louisville. The honor was part of the annual Isaac Murphy Legacy Awards, which recognize... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: A return to normal is not a return to the status quo

May 5, 2021


This past Saturday, I tuned in to watch Medina Spirit win the 147th Kentucky Derby. It was a far cry from last year, when the race was run over Labor Day weekend to a nearly empty Churchill Downs. Read More >>

Student

Data-based solutions, focus on financial needs driving gains among low-income students

May 5, 2021

The weekly meetings at the University of Kentucky sound almost like a ritual at Amazon or Google headquarters. Every Friday, around 70 campus leaders – faculty, staff and administrators – gather to review dozens of charts and data points that... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: Despite progress, more women needed in leadership positions

April 20, 2021

The first woman to receive a bachelor's degree in Kentucky was Belle Clement Gunn of Lexington, who earned a B.S. in 1888 from State College, which later became the University of Kentucky. That may sound like ancient history, but it was actually... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: New Student Success Collaborative will help advance systemic change

April 20, 2021


Leading systemic change is perhaps the most challenging job of a higher education coordinating agency. On the one hand, public colleges and universities are highly autonomous, with unique missions, strengths and audiences. Read More >>

CPE leadership program empowering minority faculty and staff

CPE leadership program empowering minority faculty and staff

April 16, 2021

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced today that 19 professionals from across the state will join the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) this year to prepare for influential roles in higher education. Read More >>

Student with teacher

New CPE report shows growing demand for more college graduates in education jobs

April 1, 2021

Kentucky's education workforce is expected to grow 3% over the next decade. However, colleges and universities need to train thousands of more teachers to address shortfalls in schools and help increase diversity among educators. CPE unveiled those... Read More >>

Students

First-of-its-kind analytics tool helps colleges eliminate blind spots in jobs and salary data

April 1, 2021

Kentucky colleges and universities have a new tool to see if graduates who move out of state are securing jobs and earning good wages – key factors in evaluating the success of an academic program. The interactive tool is called the Multi-State... Read More >>

Students

James Graham Brown Foundation awards $2M to CPE

April 1, 2021

CPE has received a generous $2.1 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to create a new statewide initiative that will help improve equity and close outcome gaps on college campuses. The effort, called the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative,... Read More >>

Employees

CPE research shows substantial earnings gap for women in Kentucky

April 1, 2021

New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that, even with advanced college degrees, women in Kentucky continue to earn significantly less than men over a lifetime. CPE released the findings today as part of an ongoing... Read More >>

Students

Summer bridge programs can receive up to $100k in new CPE grants

April 1, 2021

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is offering grants of up to $100,000 for summer "bridge" programs that prepare students for college and help them return for a second year. CPE plans to distribute $1.5 million in grants before the... Read More >>

Verschelden

Q&A: Keynote speaker discusses "mental bandwidth," helping students thrive

March 22, 2021

As students struggle to move past COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and GEAR UP Kentucky are hosting a nationally recognized expert next month who will discuss strategies to help students recover "mental bandwidth." Read More >>

Student

Free Kentucky conference to focus on post-pandemic transition

March 22, 2021

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and GEAR UP Kentucky, a unit of CPE, are hosting a free statewide conference this month to help educators succeed in the post-pandemic environment. Called The Path Forward Forum, the event is... Read More >>

KY Capitol

Kentucky lawmakers close in on budget deal, continue to advance education bills

March 3, 2021

State lawmakers are hammering out the final details of a new budget proposal, and a number of education-related bills remain on the move as the Kentucky General Assembly heads into the final weeks of this year's legislative session. Both chambers... Read More >>

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New TikTok challenge to raise awareness of FAFSA opportunities

March 3, 2021

CPE and GEAR UP Kentucky, a unit of the Council, are throwing down the gauntlet on TikTok this month to help raise awareness about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA form. The two organizations have teamed up to announce... Read More >>

Student

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education unveils $1.5 million plan to boost mental health on campuses

March 3, 2021

CPE is tapping $1.5 million in federal relief funds to improve mental health services for students across the state as COVID-19 continues to drive stress and uncertainty on college campuses. Read More >>

B. Stille

After 20 years, Ky rapper fulfills promise to mother, launches new chapter

March 3, 2021

Four years ago, Buffalo B. Stille had already launched his own business, started a family and led a successful hip-hop career with the Grammy-nominated group, Nappy Roots. But at 38 years old, the rapper and entrepreneur faced a challenge he had... Read More >>

Graduates

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March 3, 2021

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is calling on education leaders across the state to take decisive steps to combat a drop in college enrollment, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. The latest data from CPE shows that undergraduate... Read More >>

Graduates

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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

Student

Education groups sound alarm over 19% drop in FAFSA filings

February 3, 2021

Education groups in Kentucky are launching an information campaign this month calling on students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA form. Filling out the form is a crucial step to receive need-based aid that... Read More >>

Graduates hugging

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 >>

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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 >>

KY Capitol

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 >>

Graduates

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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

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 >>

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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 >>

Graduate

CPE report shows significant headway toward state 60×30 attainment goals

November 25, 2020

Kentucky colleges and universities continued to make substantial progress toward the state's educational attainment goals in 2019-20, exceeding targets for both STEM+H degrees and degrees among underrepresented minority students. According to the... 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 >>

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 >>

Student

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 >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Racing to the attainment finish line

October 29, 2020


The 4 x 400 meter relay is one of the most difficult events in track and field, requiring speed, strategy and serendipity. It's not enough to be simply fast; you have to have the right four runners, in the right order, with perfectly timed handoffs. Read More >>

Dawn Offutt

CPE leader discusses campus progress on diversity, equity and inclusion

October 29, 2020

Dawn Offutt serves as the director of initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. A native of Lexington, she first joined the Council in 2012 as director of program services for GEAR UP Kentucky... Read More >>

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BCTC program takes aim at opportunity gaps in dual credit

October 29, 2020

Jacky Bravo was excited to learn about different cultures and perspectives in her dual credit humanities course last year. But the lesson that most prepared her for college was her teacher's insistence on deadlines. Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson named to SHEEO executive committee

October 8, 2020

President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been appointed to the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a national advocacy group focused on higher education policy. Read More >>

Student

CPE launches series of research briefs to highlight key findings in Dual Credit report

October 8, 2020

CPE is releasing a series of six research briefs over the next three months focused on the impact of dual credit courses and how more support for dual credit programs could help narrow achievement gaps in Kentucky. The briefs provide a follow up... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE president outlines the benefits of higher education in virtual commencement address

October 8, 2020

Why does higher education matter? President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, delivered an unequivocal answer last week to students at Somerset Community College's commencement ceremony. Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: COVID-19 adjusted our course, but not our destination

September 29, 2020


The North Star was a navigational guide for ancient sailors due to its fixed position in the sky. In the Antebellum south, escaped slaves, under cover of darkness, used the North Star to chart a course to freedom. Today, the North Star has come to... Read More >>

Bell

Q&A: CPE's Melissa Bell discusses the latest trends in academic affairs

September 29, 2020

Melissa Bell, vice president for academic affairs and student success at CPE, has served with the Council since 2006. She earned a bachelor's in history and political science at the former Cumberland College and a master's degree from the Patterson... Read More >>

Moody's forecast points to falling revenue even with rising college enrollment

Moody's forecast points to falling revenue even with rising college enrollment

September 29, 2020

Moody's Investors Service is raising alarms in Kentucky that while rising unemployment may drive up college enrollment in the near term, students will face greater difficulties paying tuition, causing revenues to fall at a time when state funding... Read More >>

Students

CPE's new student advisory group begins work with education policy leaders

September 1, 2020

With the fall 2020 semester well under way, a new 22-member student panel has begun advising the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on a diverse range of student concerns and policies, such as online learning, campus equity and mental health... Read More >>

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CPE study shows dual credit jumps 75%, driving student success

September 1, 2020

The number of Kentucky high school students enrolling in dual credit courses has soared more than 75% in recent years, helping to improve grades and shore up college persistence, particularly among low-income students. Those findings are part of... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson applauds mask requirements on campus

August 31, 2020

CPE President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is praising the widespread efforts on campuses to protect health by requiring face masks in classrooms and at most public gatherings. Read More >>

Quisenberry

Higher education matters to this CPE intern, even amid a pandemic

August 31, 2020

Growing up, I remember the dissatisfaction my parents experienced in careers that met their financial needs, but lacked fulfillment in many other areas. And after watching their struggles for career advancement over the years, I was certain higher... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Campuses proving adaptable in unprecedented times

August 30, 2020


This month's newsletter features an interview with Colby Birkes, CPE's new student representative. COVID-19 upended Colby's senior year at Morehead State University. Read More >>

Birkes

Q&A: New CPE student member talks attainability and resiliency in 2020

August 21, 2020

Colby Birkes, a first-year student at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, was appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education this summer. The Winchester native earned his bachelor's degree in political science and legal studies... Read More >>

Work group kicks off review of performance funding model

Work group kicks off review of performance funding model

August 4, 2020

A group of leaders from higher education and state government has launched the first major review of Kentucky's performance funding model for public colleges and universities. State law requires the Postsecondary Performance Funding Work Group to... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

Two CPE leaders receive awards for public relations

July 29, 2020

Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and Sue Patrick, the Council's chief communications officer, received top honors this year from the Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The... Read More >>

Students

CPE approves historically low tuition increases for 2020-21

July 29, 2020

In a financial win for students, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education finalized tuition rates this month for public universities, preserving college affordability with the smallest average rate increase in decades. The historic move allows... Read More >>

Kim Drummond

CPE's GEAR UP director discusses program goals, unique challenges of 2020

July 29, 2020

Kim Drummond, executive director of GEAR UP Kentucky, has worked in education for 18 years, including more than 11 years at the Council on Postsecondary Education, where she has also worked in marketing and communications. Read More >>

Student

Kentucky campuses head into fall 2020 with more resources, new game plans

July 29, 2020

Kentucky colleges and universities are sounding an optimistic note as they prepare to kick off the fall semester with a mix of in-person and online instruction along with new measures to protect health and test students for COVID-19. Nearly all of... Read More >>

Student

CPE projects $144M impact on campuses so far from COVID-19

July 29, 2020

New estimates from the CPE show that COVID-19 has inflicted a staggering financial toll on public colleges and universities, driving unexpected costs and lost revenue at a time when campuses are striving to keep tuition low. CPE President Aaron Thompson... Read More >>

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CPE faculty group highlights commitment to students, technology concerns in COVID-19 survey

July 17, 2020

Campus faculty are working hard to connect personally with students, provide hands-on learning experiences and overcome technological barriers, according to a group of faculty members. And those who taught online courses prior to the spring 2020... Read More >>

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FAFSA Fridays in full swing

July 1, 2020

Kentucky colleges and universities along with key leaders in education launched a new public awareness campaign – called FAFSA Fridays – to remind students about the importance of applying for federal assistance this summer. The Free Application... Read More >>

Students

CPE approves plans to forgo tuition hikes at five universities

June 30, 2020

Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved today by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses... Read More >>

Bill Payne

CPE finance leader talks campus funding, pandemic and career in Q&A

June 30, 2020

William Payne, CPE's vice president for finance and administration, has served at the Council since 2001 – a little more than 19 years. He brings close to 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to his role at CPE. Read More >>

Student

CPE diversity measures show continued commitment by campuses

June 30, 2020

CPEhas released a new report showing that the Council's statewide diversity policy continues to drive progress at public colleges and universities across the commonwealth. Adopted in 2016, the Policy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion calls on campuses... Read More >>

Higher EDquity webinars, virtual communities drive campus engagement

Higher EDquity webinars, virtual communities drive campus engagement

June 17, 2020

Despite COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is continuing to promote collaboration among campuses through two sets of online events that focus on academic issues and diversity in higher education. In total, CPE has hosted... Read More >>

Student

CPE awards emergency funds to Kentucky campuses

May 14, 2020

CPE is providing a $440,000 boost to public colleges and universities this year to help with emergency expenses related to COVID-19. The funding – approved in April – will assist with the growing challenges on campuses, such as the move to online... Read More >>

Gear Up counselor with students

GEAR UP Kentucky confronts outbreak with innovation and creative outreach

May 14, 2020

Austin Tackett and Baylee Henderson breeze through an acoustic version of "The Jitterbug Waltz" before Tackett breaks in with a few encouraging words for the students and parents watching at home. "Keeping the cup half full instead of half empty... Read More >>

David Mahan

Q&A with David Mahan, head of CPE's data and advanced analytics team

May 13, 2020

With 15 years of executive leadership in data and analytics under his belt, David Mahan, Ph.D., came to CPE from Manhattan College in 2017. Since that time, he has led the enhancement of CPE's information presence by launching the state's postsecondary... Read More >>

Graduates

CPE's statewide diversity policy driving campuses to narrow achievement gap

May 11, 2020

In a testament to Kentucky's statewide diversity plan for higher education, colleges and universities across the commonwealth made important strides in 2018-19 in closing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students. According to the... Read More >>

Travis Powell

COVID-19 offers opportunity to strengthen our values on campus diversity

April 29, 2020

We use the term every day now – "new normal." It applies to how we greet each other, how we travel, how our economy works. But how do we ensure our new normal reflects our values on diversity, equity and inclusion? Read More >>

Students

Guest Post: Employability in a Post-COVID-19 World

April 27, 2020

As higher education grapples with the enormous administrative and teaching challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to respond to the impact on the future employability of our students, especially those graduating this term. Read More >>

Student

Kentucky campuses double down on efforts to maintain student progress

April 22, 2020

As COVID-19 casts a pall over college life, Kentucky campuses are launching personalized outreach campaigns, reducing financial barriers and offering online support services like never before – all in an effort to keep students engaged and returning... Read More >>

Travis Powell

New strategies ensure campus diversity: A conversation with CPE VP Travis Powell

April 17, 2020

The Committee on Equal Opportunities presented results of its first comprehensive review of campus progress tied to the Kentucky Policy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Council's June meeting. Travis Powell, vice president and general counsel,... Read More >>

Lydia Burns

Campuses adopting pass/fail policies to limit coronavirus impact on grades

April 9, 2020

Juggling two exams, two term papers and an oral presentation, the last thing Lydia Burns needed this week was a broken laptop. "It's the worst time in the world for that to happen," the University of Louisville (UofL) senior said Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

Now More Than Ever, Higher Education Matters

April 9, 2020

When I was hired to lead Kentucky's public higher education system in 2018, I asked my staff to design a logo incorporating the words "Higher Education Matters." Armed with charts and graphs, I embarked on a statewide listening tour to share the... Read More >>

Cheryl King

Guest Post: Increase Enrollment – Seize The Day

April 8, 2020

These are challenging times for colleges and universities even before the COVID-19 crisis. Public concern about tuition rates, fewer high school students to fill classrooms, and declining enrollment are just a few of the issues keeping higher education... Read More >>

UofL Healthcare workers

Kentucky campuses help health care workers cope with shortages in protective gear

April 2, 2020

Within the second week of production, requests were pouring in from across the country – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Oklahoma. Ed Tackett knew his team at the University of Louisville (UofL) had to scale up fast. Read More >>

Students

Kentucky campuses plan for hundreds of students to continue living in residence halls despite outbreak

April 1, 2020

While thousands moved out of student housing last month in response to COVID-19, Kentucky colleges and universities still expect hundreds of students to remain on campus this semester – due mostly to financial challenges or bans on international... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson with ALDI members

CPE's Academic Leadership Development Institute kicking off another successful year

March 28, 2020

The Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) has launched a second year of professional development sessions to prepare a group of 17 minority faculty and staff members for leadership roles in Kentucky higher education. The program is providing... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

Black History Month is urgent reminder to close Kentucky's achievement gaps

February 17, 2020


Every February, we celebrate Black History Month because of the efforts of a Berea College graduate, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a prominent African American scholar and historian who started his higher education career as a part-time student... Read More >>

Staat

Q&A with Dr. Bob Staat, chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities and faculty representative to CPE

August 1, 2019

Robert Staat is a faculty member at the University of Louisville, and has served on the Council and the Committee on Equal Opportunities. Read More >>

Croft

Q&A with Robert Croft, member of the Committee for Equal Opportunities

August 1, 2019

Robert Croft, member of the Committee for Equal Opportunities, talks with Policy Insight about what motivates him to be part of the committee and his take on diversity initiatives. Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

Letter to Kentucky graduates: College is still worth it

May 29, 2019

To all of the students who recently graduated from a Kentucky college or university, thank you for having the fortitude and determination to make it to the finish line. You've achieved something powerful and transformative that will dramatically... Read More >>

Aaron Thompson

President Thompson unveils 5 key priorities

April 1, 2019

When Dr. Aaron Thompson became the fourth president of the Council, he selected five main priorities for improving Kentucky's public higher education system that would result in better serving our students, workforce and economy. Read More >>

Ben Brandstetter

Q&A with Ben Brandstetter, CPE vice chair

April 1, 2019

Ben Brandstetter of Hebron is the president of Brandstetter Carroll Inc., a national architectural and engineering firm. He has served on the Council as both a member and as chair. Read More >>

Zimmerman

Q&A with Sherrill Zimmerman, CPE chair

April 1, 2019

Sherrill Zimmerman is a retired educator from Louisville where she was a teacher, assistant principal and a magnet program coordinator for Jefferson County Public Schools. Read More >>

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