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Kentucky lawmakers close in on budget deal, continue to advance education bills

March 3, 2021
State lawmakers are hammering out the final details of a new budget proposal, and a number of education-related bills remain on the move as the Kentucky General Assembly heads into the final weeks of this year's legislative session. Both chambers... 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 >>


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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President’s Message: Recognizing inequities is an important first step

February 3, 2021
On Jan. 20, Kamala Harris, our first female, Black and Asian vice president, took the oath of office. As she laid her hand on the bible of Thurgood Marshall, she was surely thinking about this mentor and civil rights pioneer, who as a young lawyer... Read more >>


Education groups sound alarm over 19% drop in FAFSA filings

February 3, 2021
Education groups in Kentucky are launching an information campaign this month calling on students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA form. Filling out the form is a crucial step to receive need-based aid that... 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 >>

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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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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 >>


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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023