CPE studying what keeps adults from completing degrees

Published 4:45 pm Monday, April 29, 2024

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The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has announced a collaboration with Ithaka S+R, a non-profit educational research and consulting organization, to identify and reduce barriers that prevent adults from completing a postsecondary education.

Many Kentucky students have stopped out of college at some point and cannot return due to administrative policies and practices. Through this new initiative, CPE and Ithaka S+R hope to better understand administrative practices in Kentucky that hamper the ability of students to continue their education if they have stopped out due to family obligations, financial concerns or other issues. The effort is part of a national realignment of processes around administrative holds and past due balances.“This important work will help us understand how to better serve adult learners with some college but who have not finished their programs,”  said CPE president Dr. Aaron Thompson. “The success of adult learners is critical to improving both the prosperity and wellbeing of our citizens and of our commonwealth.” 

Ithaka S+R is working with CPE to accomplish four primary goals:

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–To understand the impact of administrative holds and past due balances on students and administrators.

–Exploring policy opportunities to improve support for adult learners who have some college but no credential.

–Assess the readiness of Kentucky institutions to implement programs or collaborative solutions for so-called “stopped-out students.” 

–To host a meeting to share research findings, recommendations and develop strategies for future action.

“This timely collaboration with Kentucky CPE and institutions of higher education across the state will build on existing adult learner initiatives and amplify the opportunity to better support returning students with some college and no credential,” stated Ithaka S+R senior program manager Liz Looker. “Ithaka S+R looks forward to identifying data-informed solutions that benefit students, institutions, and the workforce.”