Retiring Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King was honored Monday by the general assembly. The recognition came the same time as a massive outcry when educators from across the state crammed into the state capitol to protest pension reforms.
Later that same day the general assembly approved a budget which included modified cuts in higher education funding. King admits university leaders are facing some tough challenges. “And the universities as you are seeing are starting to have to make some serious decisions about their workforce and we don’t like seeing that obviously, but it is reality,” added King.
Kentucky universities are also adjusting to a change in state funding based on performance. King was asked if that will lead to improvement in higher education. “I think it will help. It’s not the only thing. There’s a number of strategies that we have been encouraging the campuses to adopt that are being used at other universities around the country with great success,” said King.
King says some of those efforts will be spelled out next week at the Student Success Summit. He says speakers from some of the highest performing systems in the country will address Kentucky educators in Louisville.
Robert King has been CPE President since 2009. He retires in June.