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Work group’s draft recommendations to improve college enrollment, completion for military spouses

Thursday, 09 12, 2013

Sue Patrick
502-573-1555
Cell: 502-330-6596
Sue.Patrick@ky.gov

The Council on Postsecondary Education heard a draft report and a set of recommendations to improve college enrollment and completion of military spouses at its meeting earlier today.

The Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky was formed in 2012 at the request of the task force, an initiative spearheaded by First Lady Jane Beshear. The report recommends several low to no-cost strategies to raise awareness of existing education benefits for military spouses, as well as to improve support for spouses who use the benefits.

The 13-member work group is chaired by Marlane Youngblood, a strategic planner for the Governor’s Office of Military Affairs, and is staffed by Council staff. The report will continue to be vetted and will later be presented to the Military Spouse Task Force.

In action items, the Council:

  • Approved regulation amendments on private college licensing, the GED testing program and GED eligibility requirements.
  • Approved two new academic programs at Northern Kentucky University, a bachelor of science in data science and bachelor of arts in special education; and approved a bachelor of arts/bachelor of science in public health at the University of Louisville.
  • Approved the 2014 meeting calendar for Council meetings: Feb. 13-14, April 28-29, June 19-20, Sept. 15-16 and Nov. 20-21.

A wide variety of reports were also heard:

  • Research, economic and community development
  • Morehead State University performance presentation
  • CPE President’s Report to the Council
  • Commissioner of Education Report
  • 2013-14 agency operating budget
  • 2014-16 Budget Development Work Group
  • Kentucky Virtual Library

The Council welcomed its newest members, Glenn Means III, the student representative who is a graduate student attending Morehead State University, and Robert Staat, Ph.D., the faculty representative and a professor at the University of Louisville. They were administered the oath of office by Judge Charles Cunningham with the Jefferson County Fiscal Court.

Means and Staat have been appointed to the Committee on Equal Opportunities, and Staat was also appointed to the Budget Development Work Group.

A resolution of appreciation to CPE staff member Janet Hoover, who retired, was also approved.

The next meeting of the Council is set November 6-7 at Madisonville Community College.

Meeting materials are available on the Council’s website at http://www.cpe.ky.gov/about/cpe/meetings/2013/091213.htm.

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