Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Academic Policies

  • Academic Programs
    The Council administers several policies relating to academic programs at Kentucky postsecondary institutions, including new academic approval, degree program eligibility, and new extended campus offerings. 
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate 
    The Advanced Placement policy establishes the requirements for receiving college credit by students taking the high school advanced placement examination.
  • Autism Training Center
    The Kentucky Autism Training Center supports persons with autism in Kentucky by providing information and technical assistance to families and service providers across Kentucky.
  • Campus Safety
    Public postsecondary education institutions and private postsecondary education institutions licensed by the Council are required to regularly report campus crimes to employees, students, and the public and to report annually to the Council.
  • College Admissions
    The College Admissions policy describes the minimum qualifications required for admission to Kentucky’s public postsecondary institutions. In addition to the minimum qualifications, the policy covers the pre-college curriculum, conditional admissions qualifications, acceptance of transfer credit, and assessment and placement of students.
    Distance Education
    The Council collaborates with Kentucky postsecondary institutions to ensure that distance education is available and accessible to all students.
  • Institutional Licensure
    The Council licenses private, not-for-profit postsecondary education institutions, and proprietary baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to protect bona fide institutions and citizens of the Commonwealth from fraudulent practices, unfair competition, or substandard educational programs.
  • Statewide Engineering
    The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and Murray State University offer Kentucky’s first joint baccalaureate degrees in mechanical, civil, electrical, and electrical & telecommunications engineering.
  • Statewide Public Health
    Public health academic programs are available to Kentucky students across the state as a result of the creation of separately accredited, but collaborative, schools of public health at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, as well as programs of public health at Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University.
  • Student Residency
    The Student Residency policy classifies students as residents or non-residents of Kentucky for the purposes of admission to college, admission to or eligibility for special academic programs, and tuition assessment. Institutions determine student residency status for traditional academic programs while the Council and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority determine residency for programs under their control.
  • Transfer
    The general education transfer policy provides guidelines for the transfer of general education coursework between Kentucky public postsecondary institutions.
  • Tuition
    Kentucky maintains tuition reciprocity agreements with surrounding border states that allow Kentucky students in counties along the state border to attend nearby out-of-state institutions and pay the in-state tuition rate. Kentucky also offers tuition waiver programs for faculty and staff of public Kentucky postsecondary institutions and for foster and adopted children.


Last Updated 11/29/2012