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Grace Dai

CPE analyst wins award for her work at UK International Center

January 7, 2021
An analyst for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has received recognition from an international educators group for her efforts to support diversity and promote cross-cultural experiences. The NAFSA: Association of International Educators... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

Redefining Success: UK Grad Fails Out in 1989, Returns and Earns Degree 30 Years Later

December 4, 2020
With the help of Project Graduate, from his home in Arlington, Texas, Benjamin Scales started what he couldn't finish 30 years ago. Read more >>

Student with teacher

CPE co-leads new state collaboration to strengthen education pipeline

December 4, 2020
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is helping lead a new statewide partnership to assist students as they progress through each level of the public education system, from preschool through college and into sustainable careers. Called... Read more >>


CPE review of academic programs to emphasize jobs, market demand

November 25, 2020
The Council has launched a new data-driven assessment of academic programs to help ensure they align with the state's strategic goals and prepare students for career success in the evolving marketplace. CPE is partnering with Gray Associates, a nationally-recognized... Read more >>


CPE report shows significant headway toward state 60×30 attainment goals

November 25, 2020
Kentucky colleges and universities continued to make substantial progress toward the state's educational attainment goals in 2019-20, exceeding targets for both STEM+H degrees and degrees among underrepresented minority students. According to the... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Despite challenges, higher education made important advances in 2020

November 25, 2020
December is the month for year-end lists, when editors curate the best the year had to offer. That got me thinking—what would earn a spot on 2020's "best of higher education" list? Read more >>

Faculty member

Kentucky higher education to receive another $20M from CARES Act

November 25, 2020
Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that Kentucky colleges and universities will avoid state budget cuts this fiscal year while also receiving $20 million in federal relief to help cover costs related to COVID-19. The allocation is part of $1.6 billion... Read more >>

B. Stille

CPE begins final phase of Lumina-backed outreach efforts

November 25, 2020
The Council is launching the final phase of a $400,000 grant project – funded by Lumina Foundation – to improve outreach and support for college-going adults. CPE secured the grant from Lumina in 2018 to develop Kentucky's Adult Promise program,... Read more >>

Graduate holding nephew

BCTC program takes aim at opportunity gaps in dual credit

October 29, 2020
Jacky Bravo was excited to learn about different cultures and perspectives in her dual credit humanities course last year. But the lesson that most prepared her for college was her teacher's insistence on deadlines. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Racing to the attainment finish line

October 29, 2020
The 4 x 400 meter relay is one of the most difficult events in track and field, requiring speed, strategy and serendipity. It's not enough to be simply fast; you have to have the right four runners, in the right order, with perfectly timed handoffs. Read more >>

Dawn Offutt

CPE leader discusses campus progress on diversity, equity and inclusion

October 29, 2020
Dawn Offutt serves as the director of initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. A native of Lexington, she first joined the Council in 2012 as director of program services for GEAR UP Kentucky... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson named to SHEEO executive committee

October 8, 2020
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been appointed to the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a national advocacy group focused on higher education policy. Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023