Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Assessment of College-Level Learning Overview

Kentucky led the nation in the development of a program to assess college-level learning and was one of the five pilot states in the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education's "Assessing College-Level Learning" initiative. The Assessment of College-Level Learning initiative supports institutions’ efforts to improve the quality of student learning.

College-level learning measures are key indicators in the Council's accountability system. The development of measures of student learning enables us to track the postsecondary system's contribution to the educational capital of the state and make comparisons against national, regional and state benchmarks. In addition, these measurements allow institutions to increase their capacity to serve students and employers.

Results of the five-state pilot may be found at the Learning Update page at:

Using state funds, an ongoing assessment of general education is being conducted based upon

  • the ACT CAAP
  • the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
  • licensure exam pass rates
  • student participation/scores on competitive exams like the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT

In the initial administration, Kentucky’s institutions scored at or above the national median, and students performed at predicted levels based on entering ACT scores.

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Last Updated 9/21/2009