Perry Papka, Author at Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Perry Papka

  • What Does the American Rescue Plan Mean for Education in Kentucky?

    Kentucky is expected to receive an estimated $2.4 billion from the American Recovery Plan’s State Fiscal Recovery Fund.  This large pot of money can be used for a broad set of purposes including infrastructure necessary for our future success – like broadband (for which the General Assembly already dedicated $250 million).  Additional funds from the ARP will be distributed to cities and counties directly from the Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.  Kentucky counties are estimated to receive $1.15 billion with Kentucky cities receiving $751.5 million.
  • How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted College Students?

    We asked current and prospective Kentucky college students to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their education plans and experiences.  Questions were asked of high school seniors, currently and/or recently enrolled college students, and adults not currently enrolled in higher education.  Nearly 1,000 responded in total.
  • Analysis: State Budget Still Coping with Covid-19 – What Does this Mean for Education?

    The increases in CAP needs-based financial aid and to postsecondary institutions are a step forward on two of the seven items in the Prichard Committee’s Big Bold Ask. The budget did not strengthen Kentucky’s investment in the other priorities in that Ask: child care assistance, public preschool, fully-funded kindergarten, fully-funded school transportation, and teaching excellence.
  • Defining College Affordability Matters More Now, Than Ever: Part III

    Ultimately, the test of affordability is in student success. If students do not complete their course of study, it is unlikely that that they will deem their experience as “affordable.” Assisting students financially is fundamental, but providing the supports necessary to succeed academically and reach the finish line is also critical. We highlight here a sampling of on-campus efforts (as well as at the Council on Postsecondary Education) that contribute to student success – and ultimately affordability.
  • Defining College Affordability Matters More Now, Than Ever: Part II

    What is Affordability? Nothing like restating the obvious question! But we have to start with what students really have to pay. And this is where Kentucky might have a bright spot or two – in case you thought the trends in Part I of this blog were depressing. When we focus only on rising tuition costs, it leaves out other important cost and resource considerations – namely room, board, and other living expenses, as well as resources students get from financial aid. When you combine all this together, you get to the clearer measure of real costs to students – Net Price – the amount left over to be covered by student resources (i.e. savings, student debt, work).
  • 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.