Equal Education Opportunities
The Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education embraces the dynamic nature of public postsecondary education in Kentucky as institutions seek to provide greater access for an increasingly diverse student population.
- Committee on Equal Opportunities
The Committee on Equal Opportunities (CEO) oversees the Commonwealth's desegregation and equal opportunities plans for postsecondary education. The Committee reviews institutional progress and makes recommendations for equal opportunities policy improvements to the Council.
- Equal Opportunity and Desegregation Plans
The Kentucky Equal Opportunity and Desegregation Plans were created to address the finding that the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, had failed to eliminate the vestiges of its former de jure racially dual system of public higher education.
- Equal Opportunity Plans and Partnership Agreement Status Reports
The Equal Opportunity Status Reports and Partnership Agreement Status Report detail the progress of Kentucky's public postsecondary institutions regarding the implementation of their commitments to bring Kentucky into compliance with Title IV. The reports identify each commitment and the status of progress.
- Degree Program Eligibility
Kentucky statute states that an institution's eligibility for new academic programs is connected to its performance in implementing equal opportunity objectives. The statute does grant the Council on Postsecondary Education authority to grant a temporary waiver if an institution demonstrates progress in meeting equal opportunity objectives, and for the granting of a temporary waiver to a state-supported postsecondary education institution which has not met its objectives.
- Equal Opportunity Administrative Regulation
The Council is responsible for the development of a system-wide equal opportunity plan as stated in KRS 164.020(18).
- 2003 Kentucky State University Comprehensive Assessment: Planning for Renewed Excellence (263K PDF)
The KSU Comprehensive Assessment occurred a result of several factors affecting the University from the mid-1990s through the first years of this decade. Factors included a period of leadership instability; severe fiscal problems due to both internal error and change in the state funding formula; and conflict between the University and the Council on Postsecondary Education regarding the interpretation the Partnership Agreement of 1999.
- Campus Visit Reports
The Committee on Equal Opportunities is charged with monitoring institutional progress toward implementing the Kentucky Plan and the Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights. Monitoring is completed through data analysis and visits to institutional campuses to meet with executives, students, faculty, and others in the campus community to learn firsthand about the success of equal opportunity plan implementation.