Council on Postsecondary Education
CPE's Aaron Thompson's testimony to be broadcast live

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

The testimony of Dr. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president and chief academic officer with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, will be broadcast live this morning at 9:30 a.m. ET at His testimony is available at

Thompson was one of five national experts asked to testify to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on closing the achievement gap in higher education.

Thompson will represent Kentucky’s efforts and the national GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) community, of which Kentucky participates. The GEAR UP initiative has enabled Kentucky to increase college-going rates for participating low-income students by 22 percentage points.

GEAR UP programs in Kentucky serve more than 40,000 students and their families in 47 counties.

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