2020-22 Postsecondary Education Budget Recommendation
The Council's 2020-22 biennial budget request reinforces the need for greater state
investment to help fund essential campus expenditures: faculty and staff salaries,
fringe benefits, student
financial aid, utilities, building maintenance, libraries, student support services, and
numerous other operating expenses. The two objectives of the request include increased support for performance funding and a capital request for asset preservation.
- Institutional operating funds request (full description)
- Capital investment request (full description)
- CPE agency budget request (full description)
- Supporting legislative presentation
- Supporting infographic overview
Overview: Performance Funding
The performance funding model has been a game changer in terms of moving the needle on college completion, particularly for low-income and underrepresented minority populations. The Council's budget request asks for more funding, as well as change in legislation affecting distribution.
The Council's budget request recommends appropriations of $52,492,400 in 2020-21 and $74,989,100 in 2021-22 for performance funding to provide incentives for postsecondary institutions to increase student success and course completion outcomes and accelerate progress toward the state’s 60 X 30 attainment goal.
The Council's budget request also recommends that the Governor and General Assembly take action to maintain a stop loss provision in fiscal 2021-22, limiting the reduction in funding to any institution to two percent (2%) of that institution’s formula base amount.
Performance Funding Resources
- Infographic overview about performance funding
- Policy Insight article about performance funding
- Council Data Center to view progress on key metrics
- KRS 164.092: Legislation outlining the performance funding model
Overview: Asset Preservation
The asset preservation request, with a match from each campus, seeks to address 10% of a projected $7.3 billion in capital investment needs of campus buildings.
Staff recommends an appropriation of $8,239,000 in 2020-21 and $24,717,000, recurring at $32,956,000 in subsequent years, to pay annual debt service on a $400 million bond issue to finance asset preservation and renovation projects at the postsecondary institutions during the upcoming biennium.
Asset Preservation Resources
To learn more about CPE's agency budget, visit our Postsecondary Education Funding page.
Why funding Kentucky higher education matters
Between 2000 and 2009, Kentucky led the nation in improvement on key measures of student success. These included being number one in the nation on improvement in increasing the number of adults 25-64 with college degrees, increasing six-year graduation rates at four-year public institutions, and increasing undergraduate credentials awarded relative to the population with no college degree.
Since the Great Recession, the state has implemented funding cuts to net general fund appropriations per FTE of 36%, equating to a $487 million decrease. This decrease is contrary to national trends: Kentucky is one of the few states in the nation to continue disinvestment. This continued decrease of funding has affected campuses in many ways, from eliminating student support services to eliminating programs.
In addition, these cuts have shifted a larger portion of college costs to students and their families. While the Council leads the statewide effort to moderate costs to students and their families, greater state investment in Kentucky higher education is needed to reign in student debt and broaden access to those students who do not even consider college a possibility.
To learn more about the funding and benefits of higher education, view the Council's infographics:
- Benefits of Higher Education
- Job growth tied to postsecondary credentials
- Children living in poverty
- Some college credit increases likelihood of employment
- Health and educational attainment
- Higher ed's role in addressing Kentucky's healthcare workforce crisis
- College-educated more likely to vote
- Educational attainment and long-term wage growth
- Education and volunteerism/civic engagement
- Education and workforce participation
- Medicaid dependence tied to educational attainment
- Facts about Kentucky's Economy and Educational Attainment
- Low incomes and high poverty rates affect affordability
- Income levels of students
- First-generation students
- Percentage of low-income students from Kentucky
- Disconnected youth
- Poverty rate of KY adults aged 65 and over
- Percentage of students who work while in college
- The pipeline from high school to college is shrinking (number of high school graduates)
- Education and labor supply (Forbes ranking)
- Middle-Skill jobs and education
- Educational attainment of Kentuckians