The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education will hold a town hall meeting at Murray State University next week to gather input for its agenda through 2020.
CPE president Bob King says the council wants to hear public opinion on increasing postsecondary and adult education enrollment, college readiness and other issues.
“If they have suggestions for improvement or if there’s things they think we’ve missed or if there’s things they’d like us to take out, we’ll solicit that input and all of this will be incorporated ultimately in whatever the final product looks like,” King said.
King said the new 2016-2020 plan will be focused on narrowing the degree gap between upper and low income students.
“While we have improved graduation rates slowly for all groups of students, the rate of improvement has been markedly lower for minority kids, low income kids, kids who are entering our institutions underprepared," King said.
The town hall will take place at MSU’s Freed Curd Auditorium next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The meeting is part of a series of town halls. The first is being held Wednesday night at the University of Pikeville. A second meeting follows Thursday at Kentucky State University. Somerset Community College will host a town hall on Monday, July 20. The fifth and final event is at Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday, July 29.