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Aaron Thompson

President's Message: CPE's strategic agenda provides higher ed cornerstone

July 6, 2021
Planning and development for CPE’s new statewide strategic agenda is well underway. We’ve spoken to hundreds of constituents, policy experts and campus leaders, along with students and parents. Find out more about our process and priorities for... Read more >>

Student

New website helps students research college majors, and salaries

July 6, 2021
Students have a new interactive tool to research degree programs at Kentucky's public colleges and universities, allowing them to compare tuition, student debt and salaries for hundreds of occupations before choosing a major. The tool, called the... Read more >>

Rick Smith

CPE names Rick Smith to lead workforce and economic development

July 6, 2021
CPE announced that Rick W. Smith Sr., a professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education and private sector leadership, will serve as the Council's new associate vice president for workforce and economic development. Read more >>

Graduate with diploma

At Kentucky colleges, URM students continue to close gaps. What's behind the trend?

June 2, 2021
Over the past five years, minority students in Kentucky have gained significant ground in higher education, and campus leaders say a renewed focus on equity at every level is helping drive the progress. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson receives leadership award from Kentucky Hospital Association

June 2, 2021
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), received the Health Care Governance Leadership Award from the Kentucky Hospital Association last month at the group's annual convention. Read more >>

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Student TikTok video wins "Champion" banner for promoting FAFSA

June 2, 2021
Kyrin and Jaydan Norris, two sisters from Garrard County, Kentucky, had an important question for their fans on TikTok. "What happens to a student who works hard and fills out their FAFSA?" They never expected such a huge reaction. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: CPE using advanced data tool to assess academic programs

June 2, 2021
If you've been paying attention to higher education trends over the last decade, you're probably familiar with the term "data analytics." In a nutshell, data analytics is the practice of using student data to optimize learning outcomes and increase... Read more >>

Employees

CPE report shows large income gaps along racial and ethnic lines

June 2, 2021
Despite growing diversity in Kentucky's workforce, Black and Asian employees still face massive income disparities when compared to white peers, even after earning a superior college degree. That's one of several findings in a newly released research... Read more >>

Students

CPE prioritizes college affordability with historically low tuition caps

June 2, 2021
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases near historic lows for the next two years, limiting the cost increase to students while also providing financial flexibility for public colleges and universities. The move... Read more >>

Students

CPE providing $1.5 million in grants to summer bridge programs

June 2, 2021
CPE is distributing $1.5 million in grants to support nearly two dozen summer "bridge" programs that prepare students for early college success. Gov. Andy Beshear and CPE President Aaron Thompson have announced that 21 programs at Kentucky colleges... Read more >>

Graduates

CPE report shows strong growth in minority degrees and credentials

May 7, 2021
Even with the turmoil of COVID-19, minority students in Kentucky achieved steady gains in college degrees and credentials last year, and overall, the state remains on pace to meet its educational attainment goals in 2030. CPE released those findings... Read more >>

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 >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023