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Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says Kentucky’s recent strides in economic recovery have not been reflected in its funding for higher education.

The CPE was at Murray State University Tuesday evening as part of its series of town hall debates to gather input on the new five-year strategic initiative plan.

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The state Senate recently approved a bill that would tie higher education funding to Kentucky universities’ ability to produce more and better graduates.

Critics of the present funding model say that schools are funded with an outdated system that doesn’t account for adjustments in enrollment numbers and graduation rates.

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Paducah attorney Glenn Denton is the next Council on Postsecondary Education Chair, and the first western Kentuckian to lead the group.

CPE’s board elected Denton to the position today at its meeting in Frankfort as well as naming Joe Graviss of Versailles vice chair.

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Since 2009, Kentucky's public universities have been grappling with reoccurring state budget cuts to the tune of more than $150 million.

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Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education wants a united front when pressing legislators for a third consecutive year for performance funding for state universities.

In a meeting Wednesday, CPE President Bob King said he wants to give legislators a clear option that achieves good for the state. But he says the CPE can’t do it without the legislators help.

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Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is already tailoring its next state budget request to include performance funding for state universities.

The General Assembly did not include the CPE’s request for performance funding in its two-year spending plan that awaits the governor’s signature. CPE President Bob King says the performance funding request was among several suggestions to bring more money to the state’s universities.

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Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King says his staff is working through the state budget passed this week to determine the tuition cap for universities across the state.

Last year, CPE capped tuition increases at 3 percent. The budget calls for a 1.5 percent operational funding cut in addition to the state-mandated pension increase, which universities must fund half. For Murray State, that increase alone totals $700,000.

Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King will not be the next president of the University of Wisconsin System. King, who has led the CPE since 2009, has also been the Chancellor for the State University of New York (SUNY). King was also a state lawmaker in New York.

Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is making a run at more funding for state colleges and universities.

The CPE will ask the legislature for 4.9  and 5.3 percent increases respectively for the upcoming two-year budget cycle. The request comes as higher education state funding has dropped by nearly a third since 2008.

Kentucky Council on Post Secondary Education President Bob King has been pushing to change the state funding model for universities since 2011. King wants to add funding, in addition to the base, on performance on certain metrics.

The change would allow universities to meet a performance standard in certain criteria to receive funding above their state base. Murray State Interim President Tim Miller says the University has always supported the idea of performance funding. He says Murray State’s success has always allowed for that.

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