The First Decade gives a historical overview of the Prichard Committee’s efforts since 1980. Included is an account of the Committee on Higher Education in Kentucky’s Future work to issue¬†In Pursuit of Excellence, the transformation of the organization into the independent nonprofit Prichard Committee in 1983, its efforts to organize the 1984 Town Forums, community activist workshops, and continuous legislative and research work. The First Decade culminates with the Kentucky Supreme Court’s Decision in Rose v. Council for a Better Education and resulting effort to pass the Kentucky Educational Reform Act during the 1990 session.