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Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Despite challenges, higher education made important advances in 2020

November 25, 2020
December is the month for year-end lists, when editors curate the best the year had to offer. That got me thinking—what would earn a spot on 2020's "best of higher education" list? Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: Racing to the attainment finish line

October 29, 2020
The 4 x 400 meter relay is one of the most difficult events in track and field, requiring speed, strategy and serendipity. It's not enough to be simply fast; you have to have the right four runners, in the right order, with perfectly timed handoffs. Read more >>

Dawn Offutt

CPE leader discusses campus progress on diversity, equity and inclusion

October 29, 2020
Dawn Offutt serves as the director of initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. A native of Lexington, she first joined the Council in 2012 as director of program services for GEAR UP Kentucky... Read more >>

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BCTC program takes aim at opportunity gaps in dual credit

October 29, 2020
Jacky Bravo was excited to learn about different cultures and perspectives in her dual credit humanities course last year. But the lesson that most prepared her for college was her teacher's insistence on deadlines. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE president outlines the benefits of higher education in virtual commencement address

October 8, 2020
Why does higher education matter? President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, delivered an unequivocal answer last week to students at Somerset Community College's commencement ceremony. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

CPE President Thompson named to SHEEO executive committee

October 8, 2020
President Aaron Thompson, head of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, has been appointed to the executive committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), a national advocacy group focused on higher education policy. Read more >>

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CPE launches series of research briefs to highlight key findings in Dual Credit report

October 8, 2020
CPE is releasing a series of six research briefs over the next three months focused on the impact of dual credit courses and how more support for dual credit programs could help narrow achievement gaps in Kentucky. The briefs provide a follow up... Read more >>

Moody's forecast points to falling revenue even with rising college enrollment

Moody's forecast points to falling revenue even with rising college enrollment

September 29, 2020
Moody's Investors Service is raising alarms in Kentucky that while rising unemployment may drive up college enrollment in the near term, students will face greater difficulties paying tuition, causing revenues to fall at a time when state funding... Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s Message: COVID-19 adjusted our course, but not our destination

September 29, 2020
The North Star was a navigational guide for ancient sailors due to its fixed position in the sky. In the Antebellum south, escaped slaves, under cover of darkness, used the North Star to chart a course to freedom. Today, the North Star has come to... Read more >>

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Q&A: CPE's Melissa Bell discusses the latest trends in academic affairs

September 29, 2020
Melissa Bell, vice president for academic affairs and student success at CPE, has served with the Council since 2006. She earned a bachelor's in history and political science at the former Cumberland College and a master's degree from the Patterson... Read more >>

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CPE study shows dual credit jumps 75%, driving student success

September 1, 2020
The number of Kentucky high school students enrolling in dual credit courses has soared more than 75% in recent years, helping to improve grades and shore up college persistence, particularly among low-income students. Those findings are part of... Read more >>

Students

CPE's new student advisory group begins work with education policy leaders

September 1, 2020
With the fall 2020 semester well under way, a new 22-member student panel has begun advising the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on a diverse range of student concerns and policies, such as online learning, campus equity and mental health... Read more >>

Last Updated 10/6/2022