A well-educated and highly trained workforce is critical for Kentucky’s economy. The Council addresses this need by working with public colleges and universities to produce graduates ready for career and life success.
As outlined in statute, the Council:
- Serves as the Commonwealth's chief postsecondary education advocate and policy advisor to the Governor and General Assembly.
- Builds consensus around higher education policy proposals and mediates discussions among public and independent colleges and universities, the General Assembly and other key constituents.
- Represents the public's interest through the development and implementation of a strategic agenda that includes measures of educational attainment, effectiveness and efficiency for postsecondary and adult education.
- Produces and submits a biennial budget request and performance funding model for adequate public funding on behalf of public postsecondary and adult education.
- Monitors and approves tuition rates and admission criteria at public institutions.
- Approves academic programs at public institutions.
- Connects eligibility for new academic programs to campus performance in meeting diversity objectives.
- Licenses non-public postsecondary institutions.
- Administers Kentucky's adult education system and GED testing centers.
- Collects, analyzes and reports comprehensive data on postsecondary education performance.
- Ensures the coordination and connectivity of technology among public postsecondary institutions.
- Administers the Kentucky Virtual Campus, Kentucky Virtual Library and Kentucky Regional Optical Network to provide online resources and services to K-12 universities, state agencies and other organizations.
- Procures and manages federal, foundation and state grants to advance legislative mandates and student success initiatives.
- Implements a statewide diversity policy that is aligned with the strategic agenda.
- Develops and implements an orientation and continuing education program for college and university board members or regents.
- Works with campuses to improve the transferability of credits among public two-year and four-year institutions to eliminate unnecessary duplication of credits and shorten time-to-degree.
- Collaborating with the Kentucky Department of Education to implement the "Unified Strategy for College and Career Readiness to reduce college remediation rates.
In addition, the Council has several college access and student success initiatives.
- Administering a $26.9 million federal GEAR UP grant to support college readiness initiatives for 10,000 students at 30 schools.
- Promoting evidence-based practices to improve student success - particularly for underprepared, low-income and underrepresented minority students - through work groups, summits and conferences, professional learning communities and expanded data and information analysis.
- Representing Kentucky in the Complete College America's Alliance of States, a group of 40 states committed to making college completion a top priority by setting completion goals through 2020, developing aggressive state- and campus-level action plans and collecting and reporting common measures of progress.