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CPE report shows that higher education pays for college completers

October 7, 2021
Is higher education worth the cost? To find out, the Council tracked how Kentucky high schoolers from the Class of 2011 fared when it came to college completion and costs, employment, salaries and more. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Confronting the workforce crisis

October 7, 2021
Kentucky is in the midst of an alarming workforce shortage two decades in the making. CPE is unrolling several new initiatives this fall to address the complex issues driving the problem. Read more >>

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CPE awards grants to increase educator diversity in Kentucky

October 7, 2021
Kentucky has felt the effects of the nationwide teacher shortage, especially among underrepresented minorities, and three universities get grants to tackle the issue. Read more >>

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Kentucky, Taiwan partner to promote cross-cultural cooperation in higher education

September 30, 2021
CPE and Taiwan’s Department of International and Cross-strait Education announced a partnership to promote educational and academic exchanges between Taiwan and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Read more >>

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Group releases recommendations to strengthen Kentucky’s education to workforce pipeline

September 27, 2021
The Commonwealth Education Continuum (CEC) released its recommendations for state policy leaders, government agencies, education membership organizations, school districts, and colleges and universities. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: We cannot take URM progress for granted

September 7, 2021
Kentucky’s rate of progress is greater than most states when it comes to URM students, but we must do more to accelerate the progress to ensure low-income URM students don’t get left behind. Read more >>


Op-Ed: Affordability a shared goal since higher education matters – for everyone

September 7, 2021
While the CPE is working to ensure postsecondary education is affordable for all Kentuckians, there’s more that students, parents and Kentucky’s leaders can do to lower the cost of college. Read more >>

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Kentucky postsecondary degree programs provide paths to pay equity

September 7, 2021
CPE's latest analysis identified academic programs that prepare URM and low-income students for successful careers. Learn about the report’s 10 recommendations to improve equitable career outcomes. Read more >>

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Q&A with CPE Chair Lucas Mentzer, Part 1

September 7, 2021
Seeing families lifted out of poverty and other benefits of higher education is what motivates Lucas Mentzer to serve as CPE’s board chair. Read part one of our interview with him. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Kentucky higher ed fuels optimism, even during pandemic

August 4, 2021
Higher Education Matters, now more than ever. As we witnessed during the pandemic, Kentucky workers with a college degree or credential were far more likely to stay employed than high school graduates. And as Kentucky continues its recovery, we are... Read more >>

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Q&A with Ilona Burdette, head of the Kentucky Virtual Library

August 4, 2021
We sat down with Ilona Burdette, KYVL’s executive director, to discuss the role of libraries in providing access to online resources and internet connectivity during the pandemic. Read more >>

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Dual credit programs at KCTCS improve grades and completion rates

August 3, 2021
Students who took dual credit courses before enrolling at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) were more likely to score higher grades and earn a college credential, according to a new study. Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023