Call to Order and Roll Call
The3rd meeting of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue was held on<Day> Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 169 of the Capitol Annex. Senator Stan Humphries, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.
Guests: Robert L. King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE); Dr. Aaron Thompson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, CPE; Reecie Stagnolia, Vice President for Adult Education, CPE; Dr. Kate Shirley Akers, Deputy Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS).
Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship
Robert L. King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), provided a recap of the Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship. His presentation outlined highlights from the conference including discussions regarding public-private partnerships and a focus on economic growth.
In response to a question by Representative Smart, President King said that the Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority group in the country. He added that Kentucky campuses are seeing growth in enrollment of Hispanic students and an increase in services provided to these students. Kentucky is behind in its response to the growth of Hispanic students. A grant has been obtained from the Lumina Foundation that will help make the necessary changes to be able to better respond to this growing population.
In response to a question by Chairman Humphries, President King said that it is important to expand public-private relationships and seek more internships and hands-on experience for students. Dr. Thompson said that there has been an effort for CPE to reach out to employers to anticipate employer needs and expectations.
Adult Learner Degree Attainment
Reecie Stagnolia, Vice President for Adult Education, CPE, gave a progress update on the Adult Learner Degree Attainment Initiative. Mr. Stagnolia’s presentation included data from 2000-present outlining the improvements and achievements in Kentucky’s Adult Education System.
In response to a question by Representative Flood, Mr. Stagnolia said that there is a base funding model and a performance incentive system. The performance incentive model awards additional funds based on outcomes such as enrollment, academic achievement, and General Education Development (GED) graduates.
In response to a question by Representative Simpson, Mr. Stagnolia said that students who have obtained their GED are primarily tracked to see if they have transitioned to a postsecondary institution.
In response to a question by Representative Graham, Mr. Stagnolia said the GED exam will add an essay portion as of January 2014. Mr. Stagnolia added that there has been an increase in instructor training to prepare students for the changes to the new test standards.
In response to a question by Representative Carney, Mr. Thompson said that one year certificate programs save money and create motivation for students.
In response to a question by Representative Smart, Mr. Stagnolia said that there is no charge for the GED instruction, but there is a fee for the test.
In response to a question by Representative Graham, Mr. Stagnolia agreed to provide the committee with data from the last ten years regarding students who have dropped out of high school and returned to get a GED.
In response to a question by Representative Graham, President King said that all Kentucky campuses, both public and private, serve non-traditional students. He added that the services vary from campus to campus, but the goal is to make a uniform process.
Kentucky Center for Education & Workforce Statistics (KCEWS)
Dr. Kate Shirley Akers, Deputy Executive Director, KCEWS, provided an overview of the organization and the data it collects.
In response to a question by Representative Flood, Dr. Akers said that the review of the Workforce Investment Act training programs and the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board are the reports that the business community is most interested in.
In response to a question by Representative Simpson, Dr. Akers said that KCEWS reports employment and earnings to individual institutions. KCEWS is open to any request for data and statistics and will provide a completely impartial review.
In response to a question by Representative Carney, Dr. Akers said that KCEWS will look into providing a report on the cost of living regionally versus statewide and nationally.
There being no further business before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.