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Statement from CPE President Aaron Thompson

December 9, 2021
Read President Thompson's statement regarding the resignation of UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Celebrating our successes, looking to the future

December 7, 2021
In 2021 we found innovative ways to demonstrate that higher education matters, that it has a positive return on investment and that it is key to the health of Kentucky’s economy—and the message is resonating. Read more >>


Education experts to bring ‘employability skills’ to Kentucky college classrooms

November 29, 2021
Experts from colleges and universities across the state will work to ensure curricula include essential skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, collaboration and quantitative reasoning. Read more >>


Despite COVID-19 pandemic, CPE brief shows Kentucky is on track to reach higher education goals

November 19, 2021
A new CPE brief shows the number of degrees and credentials awarded remained steady during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more >>

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Certification program aims to help Kentucky colleges train a culturally competent workforce

November 18, 2021
CPE has launched a new process to review and certify cultural competency credential programs offered by Kentucky colleges and universities. Read more >>

President Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Inclusion is key to strengthening the workforce

November 16, 2021
To reach the state’s goals for higher education, the system must meet the needs of every demographic of students. To that end, we’re closing achievement gaps with targeted supports for students and campuses and working to ensure KSU, our only... Read more >>


GO!vember campaign offers resources to students, parents on applying to college and financial aid

November 8, 2021
GEAR UP Kentucky, CPE and KHEAA launched the GO!vember campaign earlier this month. The campaign engaged partners across the Commonwealth to promote resources on applying to college and financial aid. Read more >>

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Higher ed budget request prioritizes affordability, facilities preservation

November 5, 2021
The Council’s 2022-2024 biennial budget request for public colleges and universities includes funds for a 10% increase in operating funds for performance funding, pension relief for six institutions, and $700 million in capital investment for the... Read more >>


State leaders launch student success collaborative to boost graduation rates, close equity gaps

October 25, 2021
The Kentucky Student Success Collaborative is the first statewide center in the country to link two- and four-year higher education institutions with policy and industry leaders to increase graduation rates, close equity gaps and strengthen workforce... Read more >>


Q&A with CPE Chair Lucas Mentzer, Part 2

October 7, 2021
Chair Mentzer discusses how Kentucky is closing the gap in graduation rates faster than any state in the nation and the role of internships and apprenticeships in the future of higher ed. Read more >>

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New partnership will connect education to workforce needs in Kentucky

October 7, 2021
Kentucky has embarked on a new initiative to create clearer pathways to gainful employment for graduates, especially for minority and low-income students. Read more >>

Commonwealth Education Continuum releases recommendations to strengthen education to workforce pipeline

Commonwealth Education Continuum releases recommendations to strengthen education to workforce pipeline

October 7, 2021
After six months of meeting with constituents, the Continuum has developed recommendations for Kentucky's P20 system. Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023