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Commonwealth Education Continuum announces members, kicks off work

February 3, 2021
Dozens of state policy leaders have kicked off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky's education system and into the workforce. Read more >>


Kentucky campuses assisting students down to the "last dollar" with scholarships

February 3, 2021
Even before the economic challenges of COVID-19, more and more Kentucky universities have been turning to "last dollar" scholarships in a bid to ramp up financial aid and help students with the greatest needs continue on to college. Read more >>

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CPE data shows college graduation, retention rates continue to climb

February 3, 2021
Despite a spring semester marred by COVID-19, graduation and retention rates continued to climb at Kentucky's public universities last year, and the net cost of attending college has held mostly steady across the state. The latest data from the Kentucky... Read more >>

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Legislature reconvenes with focus on passing new state budget

February 3, 2021
State lawmakers kicked off the remainder of the 2021 General Assembly this week with nearly a dozen bills related to higher education – and a new state budget – awaiting action in committee. Before legislators gaveled out last month, Gov. Andy... Read more >>

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What does Kentucky's vaccine push mean for college campuses?

February 3, 2021
As Kentucky moves forward on a massive effort to vaccinate against COVID-19, college faculty and staff rank relatively high in the distribution plan, and public universities are supporting the rollout with space and medical volunteers to help administer... Read more >>


New CPE research highlights the financial benefits of college degrees

January 28, 2021
New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college degrees and other credentials provide a substantial boost to lifetime earnings, often totaling upwards of $1 million or more. The findings are part of a new series... Read more >>

Gov. Andy Beshear

CPE president praises Beshear's funding proposal for higher education

January 8, 2021
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said Friday that the new budget plan from Gov. Andy Beshear would help shore up higher education and strengthen the workforce at an urgent time for the state's economy... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Higher education must continue to innovate in 2021

January 7, 2021
Last year, COVID-19 put higher education to the test, but colleges and universities met the challenge through ingenuity and innovation. As institutions reimagined procedures and protocols for bringing students back to campus, they also made important... Read more >>

KY Capitol

Lawmakers launch into 2021 session under unusual budget time crunch

January 7, 2021
The Kentucky General Assembly kicked off the 2021 legislative session this week, facing the dual challenges of COVIID-19 and the need to pass a new state budget under a short, 30-day deadline. Read more >>

Amanda Ellis

Council leader on P-20 policy discusses new Commonwealth Continuum in Q&A

January 7, 2021
As associate vice president for P-20 policy and programs, Amanda Ellis will help coordinate CPE's role on the new Commonwealth Education Continuum. She has more than two decades of experience in education, including 14 years at Kentucky middle and... Read more >>

Lt. Gov. Coleman

Work Ready Scholarship designed to fast-track Kentuckians from classroom to career

January 7, 2021
As lieutenant governor, secretary of the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, educator, and mom, I believe every Kentuckian has the right to world-class education and high-quality job training. We must do better to provide all Kentuckians... Read more >>

Shannon Gilkey

CPE policy advisor tapped to lead Rhode Island higher education system

January 7, 2021
Shannon Gilkey, a senior policy advisor for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and vice chancellor at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, has been appointed as the new Rhode Island commissioner on postsecondary education... Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023