Council on Postsecondary Education
COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION WELCOMES PRESIDENT ROBERT L. KING
The Council on Postsecondary Education welcomed its third president, Robert L. King, at its meeting today in Frankfort. King, who the Council hired Dec. 9, replaces Thomas Layzell who retired in September 2007.
“I am delighted to be here and ready to go,” stated King, the former chancellor of the State University of New York, one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges and community colleges in the world. King complimented Dr. Richard Crofts, the Council’s interim president since June, for his time in orienting King to the position to provide a smooth transition.
King more recently served as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation with a strong focus on education, economic development and scientific research.
In other leadership news, the Council elected former Governor Paul Patton as chair and re-elected Dan Flanagan as vice-chair. Patton, who served as governor from 1995 to 2003, succeeds John Turner who has held the post since February 2007. As governor, Patton was the architect of the 1997 higher education reforms.
The Council heard a status report on the Governor Steve Beshear’s Higher Education Work Group from Finance Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller. The Higher Education Work Group, a 26-member bipartisan task force comprised of prominent business, education and policy leaders, issued a 35-page report yesterday which presents a number of recommendations to improve college affordability.
In other news, the Council:
- Approved revised guidelines for an administrative regulation dealing with developmental education. The revisions, which must go through a public hearing and review by the Administrative Regulation Subcommittee and the Interim Joint Committee on Education, adjusts the reading readiness standard to a 20 ACT score, delays implementation of institutions’ new requirements around assessment and academic support from fall 2009 to fall 2010, and requires students to enroll in needed developmental coursework within their first two terms rather than their first term.
- Heard that further analysis of the November release of the Measuring Up 2008 state-by-state report card on higher education revealed that Kentucky ranked first in terms of the state that averaged the most improvement in its rankings since the early 1990s.
- Heard that the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education has concluded that the Commonwealth is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulation with respect to the issues addressed in the Partnership Agreement. Kentucky is the first of six states not under a court order to be declared in compliance. The Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities remains in effect until a diversity plan is developed and implemented.
- Reviewed an update on the 2009-10 tuition setting process which included a series of observations from data related to key tuition policy objectives from both a statewide and institutional perspective.
- Heard that enrollment at public universities for the fall 2008 semester edged upward by less than 1 percent.
- Approved an action plan for the development of a statewide diversity plan. The timeline calls for it to be completed in January 2010.
- Approved the strategic plan for Eastern Kentucky University’s Regional Stewardship Program and grant proposal and authorized the university to expend its grant funds.
- Heard a status report of building projects being completed by the institutions that qualify for funding from the $13.9 million Capital Renewal Pool and heard a status report on institutions that have elected to allocate a portion of their Bucks for Brains money for capital construction.
- Approved a resolution in appreciation of Crofts’ outstanding service to Kentucky’s postsecondary education system.
The next meeting of the Council will be March 5-6 at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
Kentucky is in the middle of the most dramatic economic and social transformation in its history. Double the Numbers: Kentucky’s Plan to Increase College Graduates explains that increasing bachelor’s degrees is the quickest, most direct way for Kentucky to increase its economic prosperity. College graduates earn more, are healthier, create a more robust economy, and enjoy a higher quality of life. The Double the Numbers plan outlines five statewide strategies for Kentucky to achieve this ambitious, but achievable goal. While this effort will not be easy, the benefits of Doubling the Numbers will be felt by all Kentuckians.