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In December 2011, AAC&U announced the launch of a LEAP States partnership with Kentucky. Building on several years of work, Kentucky’s public colleges and universities have joined forces to ensure that students achieve the learning outcomes necessary to become responsible citizens and compete in the global economy. Competency-based learning was incorporated by the Council of Chief Academic Officers (CCAO) into the Kentucky Transfer Action Plan, and state legislation KRS 164.2951, enacted in 2010, has a major focus on student learning outcomes in the context of general education and transfer.

Kentucky's 2011-2015 strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education, Stronger by Degrees, continues to build on the LEAP foundation. With an emphasis on student success, Kentucky is identifying strategies that are critical to increasing high-quality degree production and completion rates at all levels and to closing achievement gaps, particularly for lower-income, underprepared, and underrepresented minority students.

Statewide Activities

  • Institutions throughout Kentucky have already begun educational reform efforts working with LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education’s General Education Task Force endorsed these outcomes as a guiding framework for general education reform across Kentucky.
  • In May of 2010, faculty from Kentucky’s public two and four year colleges and universities discussed what common learning outcomes all college students should be able to demonstrate regardless of their majors. Statewide general education student learning outcomes are the foundation for the newly revised statewide General Education Transfer Policy that serves as the basis for transfer of general education core courses among Kentucky’s public institutions.
  • The statewide student learning outcomes are also being incorporated into the Kentucky Learning Depot, an online repository for teaching and learning content and materials.
  • Kentucky's next step in ensuring student success is to use the Lumina Foundation's Degree Qualifications Profile to begin assessment of students' cumulative learning over time. This pilot project will allow beta tests partnering two- and four-year institutions in Kentucky to draft and pilot shared assessment frameworks that measure achievement of broad, integrative knowledge in general education and majors.

News and Announcements

  • Kentucky was the fifth state that received funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education to initiate Tuning, a process to improve transfer, articulation, and the expression of outcomes by asking what experiences and learning outcomes are essential to particular college degrees. Kentucky’s tuning of learning outcomes and competencies within disciplines builds upon and complements the AAC&U general education learning outcome movement across the state. Visit Kentucky’s Tuning website at

For more information about the Kentucky LEAP Initiative, please contact Melissa Bell, Director for Student Success Policy and Initiatives, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education,