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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 >>


CPE awards emergency funds to Kentucky campuses

May 14, 2020
CPE is providing a $440,000 boost to public colleges and universities this year to help with emergency expenses related to COVID-19. The funding – approved in April – will assist with the growing challenges on campuses, such as the move to online... 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 >>

David Mahan

Q&A with David Mahan, head of CPE's data and advanced analytics team

May 13, 2020
With 15 years of executive leadership in data and analytics under his belt, David Mahan, Ph.D., came to CPE from Manhattan College in 2017. Since that time, he has led the enhancement of CPE's information presence by launching the state's postsecondary... Read more >>


CPE's statewide diversity policy driving campuses to narrow achievement gap

May 11, 2020
In a testament to Kentucky's statewide diversity plan for higher education, colleges and universities across the commonwealth made important strides in 2018-19 in closing the achievement gap for underrepresented minority students. According to the... Read more >>

Travis Powell

COVID-19 offers opportunity to strengthen our values on campus diversity

April 29, 2020
We use the term every day now – "new normal." It applies to how we greet each other, how we travel, how our economy works. But how do we ensure our new normal reflects our values on diversity, equity and inclusion? Read more >>


Guest Post: Employability in a Post-COVID-19 World

April 27, 2020
As higher education grapples with the enormous administrative and teaching challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we also need to respond to the impact on the future employability of our students, especially those graduating this term. Read more >>


Kentucky campuses double down on efforts to maintain student progress

April 22, 2020
As COVID-19 casts a pall over college life, Kentucky campuses are launching personalized outreach campaigns, reducing financial barriers and offering online support services like never before – all in an effort to keep students engaged and returning... Read more >>

Travis Powell

New strategies ensure campus diversity: A conversation with CPE VP Travis Powell

April 17, 2020
The Committee on Equal Opportunities presented results of its first comprehensive review of campus progress tied to the Kentucky Policy for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Council's June meeting. Travis Powell, vice president and general counsel,... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

Now More Than Ever, Higher Education Matters

April 9, 2020
When I was hired to lead Kentucky's public higher education system in 2018, I asked my staff to design a logo incorporating the words "Higher Education Matters." Armed with charts and graphs, I embarked on a statewide listening tour to share the... Read more >>

Lydia Burns

Campuses adopting pass/fail policies to limit coronavirus impact on grades

April 9, 2020
Juggling two exams, two term papers and an oral presentation, the last thing Lydia Burns needed this week was a broken laptop. "It's the worst time in the world for that to happen," the University of Louisville (UofL) senior said Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023