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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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

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 >>

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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 >>

Students

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023