Council on Postsecondary Education
Council on Postsecondary Education meets in Hazard
Meeting Friday at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), the Council on Postsecondary Education took action on a variety of items and heard numerous reports during its business meeting.
The day before the business meeting, the Council held its study session at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes where members heard an update on the vital role and contributions of independent colleges, particularly those that serve rural, underserved students. The Council also participated in a briefing followed by a tour of Hindman Settlement School, and later heard an update on the University Center of the Mountains, located on the HCTC campus.
At its business meeting, the Council approved tuition and mandatory fee rates for the 2015-16 academic year for five institutions. For the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, the Council approved its request to hold tuition equal to the 2014-15 academic year.
For resident undergraduate students at four-year campuses, the Council gave its approval for the following tuition proposals: Kentucky State University, 5 percent; Morehead State University, 3 percent; University of Louisville, 3 percent; and Western Kentucky University, 3.1 percent.
All rates comply with the Council’s two-year tuition ceilings that limit the amount colleges and universities can increase rates while balancing campus needs to offset state budget cuts and increased costs. Rates are now set for all public campuses for the upcoming year.
The Council also received and considered the annual evaluation of President Bob King.
“As Council chair, I could not be more pleased with the results,” said Glenn Denton, who also serves as the chair of the Executive Committee that coordinates the annual review.
“President King’s performance continues to exceed expectations, and I would echo the description offered by one national organization that said: ‘Bob King is one of America’s true leaders for higher education.’ Kentucky is indeed fortunate to have him,” added Denton.
The Council also approved a special use fee exception request from Western Kentucky University to construct a $10 million parking structure to serve residential and commuter students. The fee increase will be $30 per semester for full-time students and will be prorated for part-time students. The student-endorsed fee takes effect this fall.
All revenue from the fee will pay debt service. When the debt service is fully paid, the fee will terminate. The WKU Board of Regents and the Student Government Association previously endorsed the fee.
In other action, the Council:
- Authorized a $625,000 project to improve campus pedestrian and bicycle pathways at Jefferson Community and Technical College. The project will be funded primarily with federal funds.
- Approved six new academic programs for three institutions:
- Doctorate of Arts in English, pedagogy and technology at Murray State University;
- Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and teaching, Education Specialist in teaching and leading and a Master of Arts in legal studies at Northern Kentucky University; and
- Master of Science in geographic information science and cartography, and Master of Science in applied behavior analysis at the University of Kentucky.
- Approved tuition reciprocity agreements with Ohio.
- Approved a dual credit policy for public postsecondary institutions.
- Approved the Council President’s plan of work for the period July 2015-June 2016.
The Council also presented resolutions of appreciation and service for Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, Educational Professional Standards Board Executive Director Robert Brown, and Council members Joe Wise and student member Joshua Tunning.
The Council heard a variety of reports—Northern Kentucky University’s annual performance presentation, CPE President, Commissioner of Education, Coal County College Completion Scholarship, 2016-20 strategic agenda planning, Committee on Equal Opportunities, developmental education and intervention, student success, and campus reports were available.
The Council will hold its next meeting in conjunction with the 2015 Trusteeship Conference set Sept. 28-29 in Lexington.
Meeting materials are available at http://cpe.ky.gov/about/cpe/meetings/2015.htm.
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