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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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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 >>

CPE announces grants to increase educator diversity across the state

CPE announces grants to increase educator diversity across the state

August 2, 2021
CPE will award up to $500,000 in competitive grants this fall to help educator preparation programs increase the number of K-12 teachers in Kentucky from underrepresented groups. The money is a part of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief... Read more >>

Lilly Massa-McKinley

Higher education leader to helm new student success collaborative

July 6, 2021
Lilly Massa-McKinley, a career leader in higher education with a focus on improving equity and student outcomes, will serve as executive director for the new Kentucky Student Success Collaborative. CPE, which created the collaborative this year,... Read more >>

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New website helps students research college majors, and salaries

July 6, 2021
Students have a new interactive tool to research degree programs at Kentucky's public colleges and universities, allowing them to compare tuition, student debt and salaries for hundreds of occupations before choosing a major. The tool, called the... Read more >>

Rick Smith

CPE names Rick Smith to lead workforce and economic development

July 6, 2021
CPE announced that Rick W. Smith Sr., a professional with more than 30 years of experience in higher education and private sector leadership, will serve as the Council's new associate vice president for workforce and economic development. Read more >>

Aaron Thompson

President's Message: CPE's strategic agenda provides higher ed cornerstone

July 6, 2021
Planning and development for CPE’s new statewide strategic agenda is well underway. We’ve spoken to hundreds of constituents, policy experts and campus leaders, along with students and parents. Find out more about our process and priorities for... Read more >>

Student

Short-term credentials have surged 110% in Kentucky

July 6, 2021
New research funded by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) shows that more and more Kentuckians are heading to college to earn short-term certificates, particularly in STEM-related fields, skilled trades and health care. In two... Read more >>

Student

CPE balances affordability and flexibility with new tuition rates

July 6, 2021
CPE has approved the final tuition rates for public colleges and universities next year, holding increases near historic lows while also helping campuses replenish revenue following the pandemic. Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Community... Read more >>

Students

Campuses focusing on high impact practices to improve student success

July 6, 2021
When Madisonville Community College (MCC) looked to increase retention among low-income students a few years ago, administrators started with a basic need: food. Read more >>

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At Kentucky colleges, URM students continue to close gaps. What's behind the trend?

June 2, 2021
Over the past five years, minority students in Kentucky have gained significant ground in higher education, and campus leaders say a renewed focus on equity at every level is helping drive the progress. Read more >>

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Student TikTok video wins "Champion" banner for promoting FAFSA

June 2, 2021
Kyrin and Jaydan Norris, two sisters from Garrard County, Kentucky, had an important question for their fans on TikTok. "What happens to a student who works hard and fills out their FAFSA?" They never expected such a huge reaction. Read more >>

Last Updated 10/6/2022