Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Commonwealth Education Continuum

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The Commonwealth Education Continuum (CEC) exists to strengthen Kentucky’s education pipeline. Its work addresses the moral imperative for students to have access and opportunity to earn degrees and credentials that lead to sustainable, competitive-wage careers.

Established in 2021, the Continuum is co-chaired by Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) President Dr. Aaron Thompson, and Interim Kentucky Commissioner of Education Robin Kinney. It consists of members whose expertise ranges from early childhood to the workforce.

Stakeholder Input and Data Analysis

The work of the CEC is grounded in extensive stakeholder input and analysis of Kentucky’s education data. The CEC workgroup members, in collaboration with the Education Strategy Group, conduct interviews and focus groups with representative stakeholders across the state to identify needs and lived experiences. 

In addition to stakeholder input, the CEC consults with an ad hoc data team collaborative including representatives from Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and the CPE. The data team provides statistics requested by or related to the priorities of the CEC and its workgroups. These data provide the CEC and stakeholders with historical context, illustrate Kentucky’s current reality, and inform future CEC initiatives, decision-making and policy recommendations.

Initiatives of the CEC

As a result of the data and stakeholder input, the CEC creates workgroups to address state-wide challenges and identify opportunities to improve the education pipeline through recommendations for leveraging change. Initiatives for 2024 will be determined at the January 24 meeting.


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Last Updated: 5/22/2024