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New CPE initiative aims to close equity gaps, increase graduation rates

August 3, 2022
Nine Kentucky colleges have identified strategies to increase degree completion rates and close equity gaps through an assessment process to identify areas of improvement as part of the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Network Demonstration Project. Read more >>

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New scholarships aim to offer humanitarian assistance, foster cultural exchange

July 26, 2022
CPE and KHEAA announced a new scholarship pilot program designed to support undergraduate students displaced by crises in their home countries. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

New collaborative aims to address healthcare workforce shortage

July 15, 2022
At a news conference, CPE announced its Healthcare Workforce Collaborative, a new partnership with colleges and universities, state agencies, the healthcare industry and the K-12 education system to address Kentucky's critical healthcare workforce... Read more >>

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Council on Postsecondary Education and Kentucky Department of Education launch statewide partnership with OneGoal to increase college enrollment, completion

July 8, 2022
Kentucky school districts are encouraged to apply now for the program, which supports students’ postsecondary success, will launch in August. Read more >>

Kim Welch

Kentucky GEAR UP director named to national advisory commission

July 5, 2022
GEAR UP Kentucky Executive Director Kim Welch is set to join the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) GEAR UP Advisory Commission for a three-year term Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President’s message: Reimagining the college student

June 30, 2022
If you ask most people to envision a college student, they’ll picture a young person fresh out of high school, living in a dorm room and attending class during the day to earn their four-year degree. But this narrow vision of who belongs in college... Read more >>


Q&A with Destiny O'Rourke

June 30, 2022
Destiny O’Rourke, director of CPE’s Kentucky Advising Academy, talks about CPE's latest initiative aimed at providing professional development and networking opportunities for school counselors and all P-12 educators in postsecondary education... Read more >>

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Grant helps Kentucky colleges improve online courses

June 23, 2022
New grant funding from CPE is helping public colleges and universities ensure their online course offerings are high-quality and prepare students for success. Read more >>

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CPE associate vice president named to Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022

June 22, 2022
Rick W. Smith Sr., associate vice president of workforce and economic development at the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education, is among the 51 members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2022. Read more >>

Council approves tuition, academic programs and trust fund guidelines

Council approves tuition, academic programs and trust fund guidelines

June 20, 2022
CPE gave final approval to campus proposals for tuition and mandatory fees, an average change of 1.5% for undergraduate tuition across the system, at its meeting. Read more >>

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Gaining confidence, college prep is goal of GEAR UP Kentucky summer academies

June 17, 2022
The first of two GEAR UP Kentucky summer academies focused on preparing high schoolers for college success is underway this week at Eastern Kentucky University. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

Now is the time for innovation in higher education

June 10, 2022
CPE President Aaron Thompson shares his thoughts on why now is the time for Kentucky to take longer strides toward boosting educational attainment. Read more >>

Last Updated 4/7/2023