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Aaron Thompson

President's Message: A return to normal is not a return to the status quo

May 5, 2021
This past Saturday, I tuned in to watch Medina Spirit win the 147th Kentucky Derby. It was a far cry from last year, when the race was run over Labor Day weekend to a nearly empty Churchill Downs. Read more >>

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College helped shape me to be the woman I am today

May 5, 2021
As I'm ending an important chapter in my life, I look back and see every difficult and joyful moment in college that made me who I am today – and I'm glad to say I'm proud of that person. Read more >>

Graduates hugging

A financial win for higher education? Four takeaways from the new state budget

May 5, 2021
Let's face it – budgets are boring. But the state's new spending plan for 2021-22 includes some major victories for higher education and a lot of stuff you really should know. We combed through the whole thing so you don't have to. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson with staff

CPE wins Isaac Murphy Government Partner of the Year Award for progress in diversity, equity and inclusion

May 5, 2021
CPE, under the leadership of President Aaron Thompson, received the prestigious Government Partner of the Year award at the 2021 Derby Diversity Business Summit in Louisville. The honor was part of the annual Isaac Murphy Legacy Awards, which recognize... Read more >>

Student

Data-based solutions, focus on financial needs driving gains among low-income students

May 5, 2021
The weekly meetings at the University of Kentucky sound almost like a ritual at Amazon or Google headquarters. Every Friday, around 70 campus leaders – faculty, staff and administrators – gather to review dozens of charts and data points that... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: Despite progress, more women needed in leadership positions

April 20, 2021
The first woman to receive a bachelor's degree in Kentucky was Belle Clement Gunn of Lexington, who earned a B.S. in 1888 from State College, which later became the University of Kentucky. That may sound like ancient history, but it was actually... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: New Student Success Collaborative will help advance systemic change

April 20, 2021
Leading systemic change is perhaps the most challenging job of a higher education coordinating agency. On the one hand, public colleges and universities are highly autonomous, with unique missions, strengths and audiences. Read more >>

CPE leadership program empowering minority faculty and staff

CPE leadership program empowering minority faculty and staff

April 16, 2021
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced today that 19 professionals from across the state will join the Academic Leadership Development Institute (ALDI) this year to prepare for influential roles in higher education. Read more >>

Students

Summer bridge programs can receive up to $100k in new CPE grants

April 1, 2021
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is offering grants of up to $100,000 for summer "bridge" programs that prepare students for college and help them return for a second year. CPE plans to distribute $1.5 million in grants before the... Read more >>

Students

James Graham Brown Foundation awards $2M to CPE

April 1, 2021
CPE has received a generous $2.1 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to create a new statewide initiative that will help improve equity and close outcome gaps on college campuses. The effort, called the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative,... Read more >>

Students

First-of-its-kind analytics tool helps colleges eliminate blind spots in jobs and salary data

April 1, 2021
Kentucky colleges and universities have a new tool to see if graduates who move out of state are securing jobs and earning good wages – key factors in evaluating the success of an academic program. The interactive tool is called the Multi-State... Read more >>

Student with teacher

New CPE report shows growing demand for more college graduates in education jobs

April 1, 2021
Kentucky's education workforce is expected to grow 3% over the next decade. However, colleges and universities need to train thousands of more teachers to address shortfalls in schools and help increase diversity among educators. CPE unveiled those... Read more >>

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