LEAP State: Kentucky

Member Organization(s): Public two- and four-year institutions in Kentucky, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), The Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU)

Year Joined: 2011

LEAP State Mission: Kentucky joined Leap States in order to adopt and disseminate LEAP as a guiding framework for all statewide efforts to improve student success, transfer, and general education.

Featured Initiatives

Student Success Summit:  The annual Kentucky Student Success Summit provides post-secondary faculty, staff, and administrators an opportunity to learn from leading student success experts and to engage in stimulating discussions with colleagues from across the state. The two-day summit offers sessions highlighting high-impact practices (HIPs) and other topics related to the promotion of student success and inclusive excellence.

Targeted Workshops:  Each year, Council staff coordinates workshop opportunities that allow institutions to focus on ideas and plans originating from the Student Success Summit. For example, the 2013 summit featured the high-impact practice of first-year experiences.  CPE subsequently hosted two follow-up workshops for designing and implementing first-year experience programs at universities and at community and technical colleges.

General Education Transfer Policy:  Kentucky’s Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes are mapped to the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes—as a guiding vision and national benchmarks for college learning and liberal education in the 21st century.

Professional Learning Communities:  PLCs provide faculty a means for statewide peer learning and professional development. CPE currently facilitates PLCs in biology, math, developmental math, and statistics. Several of the PLC meetings have been facilitated by Gary Brown, Senior Scholar at AAC&U, and have focused on authentic assessment of student learning using LEAP VALUE rubrics.

Committee on Academic Quality:  This statewide committee of institutional representatives and a CPE member focuses on continuous improvement of student learning, the creation of a culture of assessment, and the assessment of core academic competencies. The committee has focused on high-impact practices and LEAP through conversations about the National Survey of Student Engagement.

Committee on Persistence and Graduation: This statewide committee of institutional representatives and a CPE member discusses best practices that help students persist from semester to semester and ultimately graduate by focusing on the root causes of student attrition. The committee has discussed lessons learned on their campuses related to several high-impact practices, including first- year experiences and learning communities.  

Contact: Melissa Bell, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, melissa.bell@ky.gov.

For more information, contact Eddie Watson, Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives, at watson@aacu.org