AIKCU delivers annual report to Council on Postsecondary Education
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education alternates meeting sites between its offices in Frankfort and college campuses throughout the state. Once each year, in a reflection of the importance of the independent college sector in Kentucky, CPE holds one of these meetings on the campus of an AIKCU member institution.The June meeting was hosted by Georgetown College. On Thursday, June 20, CPE members were welcomed to Georgetown’s campus by President Bill Crouch and his staff. CPE members learned about Georgetown’s rich academic history and its focus on preparing students for the future.The next day, activities moved back to the CPE office in Frankfort where AIKCU made its statutorily mandated annual report to the Council. Eleven AIKCU presidents were in the audience as AIKCU President Gary S. Cox, St. Catharine College President and AIKCU Board Chair Bill Huston, and AIKCU VP for External Relations and Information Mason Dyer reported on AIKCU’s strong progress towards its sector goals under Kentucky’s strategic plan for postsecondary education.
The AIKCU report also addressed issues of college costs, the efforts of AIKCU and its members to control costs, and campus achievements during the 2011-12 year. Cox stressed that Kentucky’s private colleges provide large amounts of financial aid that help them serve diverse students, including high proportions of Pell Grant recipients and first generation students.
CPE members were particularly interested in learning about the successes campuses participating in the AIKCU Benefit Trust have realized in holding down health care costs.