Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky’s higher education community has made its first official request for funding during the current general assembly session.  Administrators with the Council on Postsecondary Education, which represents Kentucky’s public universities, appeared before a House Budget Review Subcommittee.

Governor Andy Beshear, in his State of the Commonwealth Address last week, said cuts to higher education were over.  The Council on Postsecondary Education request calls for a 15% increase in funding over the next two years.

Kentucky’s universities and colleges are making steady progress in seeing a greater percentage of the state’s population with a higher education.  A progress report came before members of the State Council on Postsecondary Education Friday. 

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Leaders of Kentucky’s public and private universities and colleges gathered Tuesday for the 2018 Postsecondary Education Symposium.  In his midday address, Governor Bevin urged the participants to think outside the traditional higher education framework.

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Following a national search the State Council on Postsecondary Education has selected one of its own to lead the public university governing organization.  Dr. Aaron Thompson, who spent many years of leadership at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named CPE President. 


Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is this afternoon to interview the three finalists being considered for Council president.

The finalists include Robert Donley, who is Chief Executive Officer for the Board of Regents at State University System of Iowa, and Emily Anne House, who currently serves as chief policy and strategy officer for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The third finalist is Aaron Thompson, who already works for the CPE as executive vice president and chief academic officer.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is set to adopt higher minimum admission standards for state universities.  The change increases the minimum from a 2.0 grade point average to a 2.5. 

Council President Bob King says the move sends a message to high school students to take their studies seriously.“Those students who enter the universities with at least a 2.5 grade point average in their high schools across the state tend to be more successful than students who may have scored well on an ACT, but had a lower grade point average,” said King.

The Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee will continue its work Thursday to find a replacement for Bob King who is retiring this summer.  King took over the reins of the statewide university governing organization in 2009.

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is expected to vote Friday on recommended funding to support higher education institutions over the next two years.  That biennial request will go to the governor, legislative leaders, and the state budget office.

A new national report is showing a slight decline in College enrollment.  Statewide figures show enrollment at Kentucky's public universities remains strong.  

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A panel comprised of public university presidents, legislative representatives and officials from Governor Matt Bevin’s office is continuing to work on plans to implement partial performance funding for higher education in Kentucky.  The Performance Funding Work Group meets Wednesday in Frankfort. 

CPE Head Assessing State Budget Agreement Impact

Apr 14, 2016

The head of Kentucky’s Council on Post-secondary Education says the compromise state budget will have an effect on every college and university campus in the state.  Leaders from the House and Senate reached a compromise agreement early Thursday morning.  

Making Kentucky’s public colleges and universities more accountable, efficient and effective is the aim of a proposal being championed in the General Assembly this year by Senate Republicans. Tom Martin talked with Bob King, President of the Council on Postsecondary Education about proposed “Performance-Based Funding.”

A new, more rigorous version of the GED test has led to a dramatic drop in the number of Kentuckians receiving a high school equivalency diploma.

Performance-Based Higher Education Funding Possible in 2016

Jul 19, 2015

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is continuing to seek comments about its strategic agenda for the state's public universities.  The work is being done with an eye toward a new form of funding by 2016.

The aim of the statewide strategic agenda is to, over time, increase educational attainment, bolster job creation, and increase per capita income.