April 2020 – Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
April 2020

Monthly Archives

  • Kentucky Undergraduate Enrollment Declined Even as Credentials Grew: A Trend To Watch

    Monday, we celebrated Kentucky’s important progress in postsecondary attainment, as reported in the Council for Postsecondary Education’s 2020 Stronger By Degrees Progress Report, and Wednesday, we took a further look at undergraduate credentials being earned by students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, noting growth for nearly every student group from 2015 to 2019. To continue our week of attention to excellence with equity in Kentucky higher education, I want to deepen the analysis, drawing from CPE’s excellent interactive data reporting and looking at changes happening earlier in the postsecondary pipeline.
  • Prichard Committee launches weekly online broadcast, Innovations in Education

    April 27, 2020

    For More Information Contact:
    Jessica Fletcher, Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs
    (cell) 859-539-0511
    LEXINGTON, KY – Following the success of it’s COVID-19 Facebook Live discussions, the Prichard Committee is launching a weekly discussion on education issues titled “Innovations In Education – For a Big, Bold Future.” The discussions will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE…

  • Council on Postsecondary Education sets tuition policy

    The Council on Postsecondary Education set tuition policy for the next academic year, as well as released the 2020 annual progress report for Kentucky’s public colleges and universities at today’s quarterly meeting. Unsurprisingly, the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on Kentucky students and our postsecondary institutions colored much of the discussion. As Kentucky institutions have shifted to on-line learning for the remainder of the spring term, uncertainty remains as to how students and campuses will respond through the summer and into the next academic year. This uncertainty will impact Kentucky’s ability to maintain progress toward educational attainment goals and the types of innovative strategies that will be necessary to ensure student success.
  • State Farm provides Prichard Committee support for engaging parents in schools

    April 23, 2020

    For more information, contact:
    Jessica Fletcher, Senior Director, Communications & External Affairs
    (cell) 859-539-0511
    jessica.fletcher@prichardcommittee.orgLEXINGTON, KY – State Farm has committed $10,000 to support the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s family engagement work.

    The grant will assist the committee’s efforts to provide trainings and a comprehensive system of supports to engage and empower parents to…

  • Prichard Committee to Kentucky’s education leaders: Use CARES funds to ensure excellence with equity and innovation in education

    LEXINGTON, KY (April 22, 2020) – Citing the need to provide equitable education opportunities for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities and races, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence called on Gov. Andy Beshear and state education leaders today to distribute federal emergency funds to education institutions across Kentucky in an innovative, equitable manner. 
  • An open letter to Kentucky’s education leaders: Use CARES funds to ensure excellence with equity and innovation in education

    An open letter to Gov. Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Brown, members of the Kentucky Board of Education, and Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson: More than six weeks ago Kentucky schools, childcare centers and colleges closed to protect families, educators and administrators during an unprecedented public health crisis. We now find ourselves in unknown educational territory, as parents and educators work tirelessly to provide at-home learning opportunities for the students of the Commonwealth.
  • The Kentucky Education Reform Act 30 Years Later

    Thirty years ago, on April 11, 1990, Governor Wallace Wilkinson signed the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) into law. Those of you who have been longtime members and partners of the Prichard Committee know that our history is grounded in this nationally unprecedented education reform act and the landmark court case that preceded it.
  • KERA was the foundation; now is the time to build on that start

    I moved to Kentucky in 1990, right as KERA was happening, and was thrilled. You see, I lived in one of the New Jersey school districts that sued for fairer funding and won a landmark ruling, and I knew that 17 years later, those districts were still in court. Then I moved here, where the Rose decision was not yet one year old and state leaders had already adopted a comprehensive approach to reform.
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