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Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence


  • As FAFSA applications lag, CPE approves college tuition costs set by public universities

    The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) this week approved campus tuition and fee rates for public colleges and universities for the upcoming 2022 school year. All of Kentucky’s postsecondary institutions stayed under the tuition caps adopted by CPE: No more than 3.0 percent over two years, and a maximum increase of no more than 2.0 percent in any one year, for public research and comprehensive universities.
  • How should Kentucky spend $2.1 billion for K-12 education?

    Last month, following the approval of the American Rescue Plan, I wrote about the need for communities to come to the table to talk about education recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. As guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on the use of these funds has been made available, it’s apparent that community, parent, and education stakeholder buy-in isn’t just on my wish list – it’s a requirement.
  • Time for Communities to Come to the Table

    As our children are heading back to school, the COVID-19 vaccine is become more available, and many of us are beginning to head back to our respective offices, our attention is rightly turning to recovery. For us at the Prichard Committee, that means education recovery. How do we take everything we’ve learned the last year, all the resources at our disposal, and all the creative capacity we can muster to stem the tide on learning loss, help our young people catch up, and accelerate learning to ensure we don’t have a lost generation?
  • 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.
  • Founding Champion for Education Improvement Encouraged Us to the End

    Al Smith, a founding member of the Prichard Committee, died on Friday, March 19, at his home in Florida after suffering renal failure. He was 94. Smith was appointed in 1980 as an original member of the Committee on Higher Education in Kentucky’s Future. After issuing its report the following year and seeking change, the group recast itself in 1983 as the Prichard Committee, a non-profit citizens group focused on K-12 improvements.
  • 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.
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