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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Cheryl King

Guest Post: Increase Enrollment – Seize The Day

April 8, 2020
These are challenging times for colleges and universities even before the COVID-19 crisis. Public concern about tuition rates, fewer high school students to fill classrooms, and declining enrollment are just a few of the issues keeping higher education... Read more >>

UofL Healthcare workers

Kentucky campuses help health care workers cope with shortages in protective gear

April 2, 2020
Within the second week of production, requests were pouring in from across the country – Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Washington, Oklahoma. Ed Tackett knew his team at the University of Louisville (UofL) had to scale up fast. Read more >>


Kentucky campuses plan for hundreds of students to continue living in residence halls despite outbreak

April 1, 2020
While thousands moved out of student housing last month in response to COVID-19, Kentucky colleges and universities still expect hundreds of students to remain on campus this semester – due mostly to financial challenges or bans on international... Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023