Council on Postsecondary Education
COUNCIL REVIEWS CONDITION OF POSTSECONDARY CAMPUS FACILITIES
(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--The Council on Postsecondary Education heard a report today that assessed the condition, adequacy and capacity of over 700 campus buildings at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities. The statewide facilities assessment was conducted by Vanderweil Facility Advisors, Inc., (VFA) of Boston.
The report examined all educational space, constituting about 63 percent of the system’s square footage, to determine if campus facilities are adequate to meet Kentucky’s 2020 educational attainment goals.
The study found that most of Kentucky’s campus buildings are over 30 years old and their current condition is consistent with their age. Compared to accepted industry standards, Kentucky’s campus facilities are in poor condition with a current facility condition score of 22 percent. If left unaddressed, the condition score in five years will be 36 percent-- twice as high as the average of 18 percent for other institutions reviewed by the consultant, and higher than the recommended standard of 10 percent.
“For our current and future students to succeed, they must have access to adequate facilities on campus,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Looking ahead to 2020, we must continue to work with our institutions to expand capacity and align existing space with modern educational standards.”
According to the report, significant state investment will be required over the next 15 years to repair, renovate and replace campus facilities in order to achieve the ambitious goals established in the 1997 Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.
The details of the study will be used to develop an action plan and to inform the capital priorities of the Council’s 2008-10 budget recommendation. The Council will work with the institutions to develop long-term strategies to improve institutional investments for maintaining facilities consistent with industry best practices.
In other business, the Council:
· Extended the employment contract of Layzell from April 16, 2007, to September 30, 2007, since the search for a new president will not be complete by the April contract date. Layzell announced his retirement earlier and agreed to stay past his contract date as needed. The Council plans to have his replacement on board as early as August or September.
· Approved 2007-08 tuition rates for the Kentucky State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University and approved 2007- 08 tuition and mandatory fee charges for the University of Louisville contingent upon approval by the UofL Board of Trustees at its April 5 meeting. Tuition rates for undergraduate resident students will increase 7.5 percent at KSU, 8.4 percent at Murray State University, 9.3 percent at NKU, 7.8 percent at WKU and 9.9 percent at UofL. All tuition increases are within the tuition parameters established by the Council in 2006. Additionally, per the Council’s request, each institution submitted plans for increases in financial aid for students who have a demonstrated financial need.
· Approved the six core recommendations of the Developmental Education Task Force 2007 report, Securing Kentucky’s Future: A Plan to Improve College Readiness and Success. The plan will now be referred to the Council’s Budget and Finance Policy Group for review and implementation in the Council’s 2008-2010 biennial budget request and to the Council’s Quality and Accountability Policy Group for programmatic implementation.
· Accepted the eight recommendations of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force detailed in the March 2007 report Kentucky’s STEM Imperative: Competing in the Global Economy. Study groups of task force members will meet from April to August to develop implementation action plans for each recommendation. Implementation plans will be released in September 2007 to inform the development of the Council’s 2008-10 biennial budget recommendations.
· Approved funding for regional stewardship proposals for Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University and Morehead State University. Each university will receive $200,000 in 2006-07 and $200,000 in 2007-08 to support the development and maintenance of organizational structures, personnel, information systems and community relationships for regional stewardship programs.
Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 235,083 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED graduates. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.