Council on Postsecondary Education
COWGILL TOURS STATE TO LAUNCH PLAN TO INCREASE COLLEGE GRADUATES
Council on Postsecondary Education Interim President Brad Cowgill is traveling Kentucky to launch the Council’s new Double the Numbers Plan in each region of the state. The campus visits began Oct. 15 and will continue through early November.
The Double the Numbers Plan, unveiled last week at a special meeting of the Council in Frankfort, details five key statewide strategies to double the number of college graduates to the national average by 2020. The plan explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity and meet the goals of the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997.
Cowgill, along with Council Chair John Turner and Council Vice-Chair Dan Flanagan, are meeting with each public postsecondary president, board chair and other university and community leaders to discuss how the Double the Numbers Plan can be implemented on a regional basis. The plan sets 2020 targets for each region of the state based on university service regions.
Cowgill said that it is essential that the education and business sectors work together in each region to reach the goals of the plan.
“The goals of this plan cannot be reached through the effort of the postsecondary system alone,” said Cowgill. “While our colleges and universities have a vital leadership role in this effort, the goal requires a vigorous effort in communities across the state.”
Cowgill, Turner and Flanagan visited the University of Kentucky Oct. 15 and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and Eastern Kentucky University Oct. 22. They were on the campus of Morehead State University yesterday, and will visit Northern Kentucky University today. Campus visits to University of Louisville, Murray State University and Kentucky State University are being scheduled and will be announced in a few days.
Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.