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Aaron Thompson

Two CPE leaders receive awards for public relations

July 29, 2020
Aaron Thompson, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and Sue Patrick, the Council's chief communications officer, received top honors this year from the Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The... Read more >>


CPE projects $144M impact on campuses so far from COVID-19

July 29, 2020
New estimates from the CPE show that COVID-19 has inflicted a staggering financial toll on public colleges and universities, driving unexpected costs and lost revenue at a time when campuses are striving to keep tuition low. CPE President Aaron Thompson... Read more >>


Kentucky campuses head into fall 2020 with more resources, new game plans

July 29, 2020
Kentucky colleges and universities are sounding an optimistic note as they prepare to kick off the fall semester with a mix of in-person and online instruction along with new measures to protect health and test students for COVID-19. Nearly all of... Read more >>

Kim Drummond

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 >>


CPE approves historically low tuition increases for 2020-21

July 29, 2020
In a financial win for students, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education finalized tuition rates this month for public universities, preserving college affordability with the smallest average rate increase in decades. The historic move allows... Read more >>

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CPE faculty group highlights commitment to students, technology concerns in COVID-19 survey

July 17, 2020
Campus faculty are working hard to connect personally with students, provide hands-on learning experiences and overcome technological barriers, according to a group of faculty members. And those who taught online courses prior to the spring 2020... Read more >>


FAFSA Fridays in full swing

July 1, 2020
Kentucky colleges and universities along with key leaders in education launched a new public awareness campaign – called FAFSA Fridays – to remind students about the importance of applying for federal assistance this summer. The Free Application... Read more >>


CPE diversity measures show continued commitment by campuses

June 30, 2020
CPEhas released a new report showing that the Council's statewide diversity policy continues to drive progress at public colleges and universities across the commonwealth. Adopted in 2016, the Policy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion calls on campuses... Read more >>

Bill Payne

CPE finance leader talks campus funding, pandemic and career in Q&A

June 30, 2020
William Payne, CPE's vice president for finance and administration, has served at the Council since 2001 – a little more than 19 years. He brings close to 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to his role at CPE. Read more >>


CPE approves plans to forgo tuition hikes at five universities

June 30, 2020
Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved today by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses... Read more >>

Higher EDquity webinars, virtual communities drive campus engagement

Higher EDquity webinars, virtual communities drive campus engagement

June 17, 2020
Despite COVID-19, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is continuing to promote collaboration among campuses through two sets of online events that focus on academic issues and diversity in higher education. In total, CPE has hosted... Read more >>

Gear Up counselor with students

GEAR UP Kentucky confronts outbreak with innovation and creative outreach

May 14, 2020
Austin Tackett and Baylee Henderson breeze through an acoustic version of "The Jitterbug Waltz" before Tackett breaks in with a few encouraging words for the students and parents watching at home. "Keeping the cup half full instead of half empty... Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023