Thursday, February 5, 2009

Postsecondary clips

General education courses may soon have a common curriculum across Kentucky's public institutions. Chairman Winters has filed Senate Joint Resolution 49 (full test here), providing that:
Section 1. The president of the Council on Postsecondary Education is directed to appoint by September 1, 2009, working committees composed of instructors and professors from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and from the four-year postsecondary institutions to develop curriculum content for general education courses.

Section 2. Prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, the Council on Postsecondary Education shall require postsecondary institutions to provide students with information listing the institutions to which course credit will transfer, whether the credit may be applied toward general education requirements, and whether the credit will apply toward a college major.
Kentucky's Higher Education Working Group has recommended steps to reduce textbook costs and better work to share information about college benefits, college costs, and financial aid. The Working Group's first report, issued in January, also identifies issues and research needs for a second, more ambitious report due in September, including a complete review of state financial aid offerings and CPE analysis of instructional costs, barriers to transfer, and strategies to improve graduation rates. The full document is available at the CPE website.

CPE is likely to adjust its ACT requirements, allowing another year for students and schools to meet the "systemwide standards" set in 2007 and lowering the reading standard from a 21 to 20. Our earlier report is here.

How does Kentucky rank on postsecondary education funding? A report on State Higher Education Finance 2006 (available here) looked at each state's public funding per full-time equivalent pupil for the 2005-06 school year. In that data, Kentucky ranked:
  • 14th of the 50 states in appropriations provided by the state per FTE pupil,
  • 23rd in net tuition paid by students and their families after subtracting financial aid, and
  • 16th in total revenue from the two sources combined.

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