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CPE president outlines the benefits of higher education in virtual commencement address

October 8, 2020
Why does higher education matter? President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, delivered an unequivocal answer last week to students at Somerset Community College's commencement ceremony. Read more >>

Moody's forecast points to falling revenue even with rising college enrollment

Moody's forecast points to falling revenue even with rising college enrollment

September 29, 2020
Moody's Investors Service is raising alarms in Kentucky that while rising unemployment may drive up college enrollment in the near term, students will face greater difficulties paying tuition, causing revenues to fall at a time when state funding... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: COVID-19 adjusted our course, but not our destination

September 29, 2020
The North Star was a navigational guide for ancient sailors due to its fixed position in the sky. In the Antebellum south, escaped slaves, under cover of darkness, used the North Star to chart a course to freedom. Today, the North Star has come to... Read more >>


Q&A: CPE's Melissa Bell discusses the latest trends in academic affairs

September 29, 2020
Melissa Bell, vice president for academic affairs and student success at CPE, has served with the Council since 2006. She earned a bachelor's in history and political science at the former Cumberland College and a master's degree from the Patterson... Read more >>


CPE's new student advisory group begins work with education policy leaders

September 1, 2020
With the fall 2020 semester well under way, a new 22-member student panel has begun advising the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on a diverse range of student concerns and policies, such as online learning, campus equity and mental health... Read more >>

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CPE study shows dual credit jumps 75%, driving student success

September 1, 2020
The number of Kentucky high school students enrolling in dual credit courses has soared more than 75% in recent years, helping to improve grades and shore up college persistence, particularly among low-income students. Those findings are part of... Read more >>


Higher education matters to this CPE intern, even amid a pandemic

August 31, 2020
Growing up, I remember the dissatisfaction my parents experienced in careers that met their financial needs, but lacked fulfillment in many other areas. And after watching their struggles for career advancement over the years, I was certain higher... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson applauds mask requirements on campus

August 31, 2020
CPE President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is praising the widespread efforts on campuses to protect health by requiring face masks in classrooms and at most public gatherings. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Campuses proving adaptable in unprecedented times

August 30, 2020
This month's newsletter features an interview with Colby Birkes, CPE's new student representative. COVID-19 upended Colby's senior year at Morehead State University. Read more >>


Q&A: New CPE student member talks attainability and resiliency in 2020

August 21, 2020
Colby Birkes, a first-year student at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, was appointed to the Council on Postsecondary Education this summer. The Winchester native earned his bachelor's degree in political science and legal studies... Read more >>

Work group kicks off review of performance funding model

Work group kicks off review of performance funding model

August 4, 2020
A group of leaders from higher education and state government has launched the first major review of Kentucky's performance funding model for public colleges and universities. State law requires the Postsecondary Performance Funding Work Group to... Read more >>

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CPE's GEAR UP director discusses program goals, unique challenges of 2020

July 29, 2020
Kim Drummond, executive director of GEAR UP Kentucky, has worked in education for 18 years, including more than 11 years at the Council on Postsecondary Education, where she has also worked in marketing and communications. Read more >>

Last Updated 1/9/2023