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B. Stille

After 20 years, Ky rapper fulfills promise to mother, launches new chapter

March 3, 2021
Four years ago, Buffalo B. Stille had already launched his own business, started a family and led a successful hip-hop career with the Grammy-nominated group, Nappy Roots. But at 38 years old, the rapper and entrepreneur faced a challenge he had... Read more >>


Council calls for bold action to address declines in college enrollment

March 3, 2021
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is calling on education leaders across the state to take decisive steps to combat a drop in college enrollment, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. The latest data from CPE shows that undergraduate... Read more >>


New TikTok challenge to raise awareness of FAFSA opportunities

March 3, 2021
CPE and GEAR UP Kentucky, a unit of the Council, are throwing down the gauntlet on TikTok this month to help raise awareness about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA form. The two organizations have teamed up to announce... Read more >>

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What does Kentucky's vaccine push mean for college campuses?

February 3, 2021
As Kentucky moves forward on a massive effort to vaccinate against COVID-19, college faculty and staff rank relatively high in the distribution plan, and public universities are supporting the rollout with space and medical volunteers to help administer... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Recognizing inequities is an important first step

February 3, 2021
On Jan. 20, Kamala Harris, our first female, Black and Asian vice president, took the oath of office. As she laid her hand on the bible of Thurgood Marshall, she was surely thinking about this mentor and civil rights pioneer, who as a young lawyer... Read more >>

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Commonwealth Education Continuum announces members, kicks off work

February 3, 2021
Dozens of state policy leaders have kicked off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky's education system and into the workforce. Read more >>

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Legislature reconvenes with focus on passing new state budget

February 3, 2021
State lawmakers kicked off the remainder of the 2021 General Assembly this week with nearly a dozen bills related to higher education – and a new state budget – awaiting action in committee. Before legislators gaveled out last month, Gov. Andy... Read more >>


Education groups sound alarm over 19% drop in FAFSA filings

February 3, 2021
Education groups in Kentucky are launching an information campaign this month calling on students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA form. Filling out the form is a crucial step to receive need-based aid that... Read more >>

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CPE data shows college graduation, retention rates continue to climb

February 3, 2021
Despite a spring semester marred by COVID-19, graduation and retention rates continued to climb at Kentucky's public universities last year, and the net cost of attending college has held mostly steady across the state. The latest data from the Kentucky... Read more >>


Kentucky campuses assisting students down to the "last dollar" with scholarships

February 3, 2021
Even before the economic challenges of COVID-19, more and more Kentucky universities have been turning to "last dollar" scholarships in a bid to ramp up financial aid and help students with the greatest needs continue on to college. Read more >>


New CPE research highlights the financial benefits of college degrees

January 28, 2021
New research from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education shows that college degrees and other credentials provide a substantial boost to lifetime earnings, often totaling upwards of $1 million or more. The findings are part of a new series... Read more >>

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CPE president praises Beshear's funding proposal for higher education

January 8, 2021
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, said Friday that the new budget plan from Gov. Andy Beshear would help shore up higher education and strengthen the workforce at an urgent time for the state's economy... Read more >>

Last Updated 10/6/2022