|State-Level Coordinating and/or Governing Agency||The Council on Postsecondary Education was established in May 1997 by a legislative act replacing the Council on Higher Education. The original council was established in 1934 and amended in structure and function in 1966, 1972, 1982, 1994 and 1996. The council is the statutory coordinating agency for Kentucky's state-supported universities, and the new Kentucky Community and Technical College System is comprised of 13 community colleges and 15 postsecondary vocational-technical schools. The 1997 reform legislation gave the Council on Postsecondary Education new membership and stronger coordinating powers. The council consists of 16 members appointed by the governor, including 13 citizen members, 1 faculty member and 1 student member, and the state's commissioner of education as a nonvoting ex-officio member by virtue of the elected office he or she holds. All appointed members may vote. Citizen members serve 6-year terms; faculty members serve 4 years and the student serves a 1-year term.|
The restructured Council on Postsecondary Education has statutory authority to: develop and implement a strategic agenda for postsecondary education; revise and approve missions and plans for the state-supported universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; ensure a system of accountability; protect against unnecessary duplication; establish standards for admission to state-supported institutions; determine tuition rates; approve, modify or eliminate academic programs; make biennial budget recommendations; approve capital construction projects over $400,000; and ensure the transfer of credits and develop a financial reporting system.
The state has a Secretary for the Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet. The council, however, is an independent board reporting to the governor and is responsive to the legislature.
|System/Institutional Governing Boards||There are 8 institutional governing boards for the state-supported universities and a governing board for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The University of Kentucky, which was founded in 1865, operates two institutions: the main campus and the separately accredited Lexington Community College. 20 members serve on the University of Kentucky's Board of Trustees. Each of the other 7 boards governs a single institution: the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville consists of 20 members and was established in 1970; the Board of Regents of Eastern Kentucky University consists of 11 members and was established in 1966; the Board of Regents of Kentucky State University consists of 11 members and was established in 1886; the Board of Regents of Morehead State University consists of 11 members and was established in 1966; the Board of Regents of Murray State University consists of 11 members and was established in 1966; the Board of Regents of Northern Kentucky University consists of 12 members and was established in 1973; and the Board of Regents of Western Kentucky University consists of 11 members and was established in 1966. The dates listed indicate when boards' current legal structure was established. The governing boards are bodies corporate charged with the responsibility for the overall management and control of the institutions. Among those are the appointment of the president and faculty, management of all institutional finances, and responsibility for setting all policies.|
The Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community College and Technical Colleges System consists of 14 members, was established in 1997 and administer multiple campuses.
|State Student Assistance and Loan Agencies||The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) is the state agency responsible for providing student financial assistance and related services and is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. KHEAA is the designated student loan guarantor in Kentucky and Alabama.|
|Postsecondary Vocational-Technical Education||The Department of Technical Education in the Cabinet for Workforce Development operates 52 area vocational education centers, which primarily offer secondary vocational programs, but also offer postsecondary programs. 12 postsecondary education programs at state correctional facilities are operated by the department under contract with the Department of Corrections. The 1997 postsecondary education reform moves the 15 public postsecondary education vocational-technical schools from the Workforce Development Cabinet to the Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.|
|State-Level Organization of Independent (Not for Profit) Colleges and Universities||The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities represents and supports accredited, non tax supported, non-profit colleges and universities in government relations, fundraising, research, cooperative programs and public relations. Presently, there are 19 member institutions.|
|Licensure/Approval Agencies||The Council on Postsecondary Education has the statutory authority to license all nonprofit colleges and universities, including private degree-granting institutions, which operate in Kentucky, as well as proprietary, baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Other proprietary institutions, which award an associates degree or other nondegree credentials, are licensed by the State Board for Proprietary Education. Other licensing agencies are responsible for specialized institutions or programs such as barbering, cosmetology and nursing.|
|Statutory Advisory Committee||The Strategic Committee on Postsecondary Education came out of the Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. The committee is comprised of members of the Council on Postsecondary Education and representatives of the legislative and executive branches of state government. They provide advice on a variety of issues related to postsecondary education. The Additional Information section contains the statute pertaining to the Strategic Committee on Postsecondary Education.|
|Other Statewide Postsecondary Organizations||The Kentucky Virtual University is a clearinghouse for distance learning offering 29 academic programs at the associate, bachelors and masters level.|