September 10th, 2010

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Campus presidents from Kentucky’s colleges and universities signed a resolution earlier today pledging their commitment to be full partners with the Kentucky Department of Education in preparing high school graduates to be college and career ready.

While campuses have long been involved with college readiness programs in their service regions, today’s action signals a significant commitment to continue and expand college and career readiness services and programs to more students. Kentucky data shows that students who are prepared for college graduate college at twice the rate of those who are not prepared.

Senate Bill 1, passed by the 2009 General Assembly, calls for P-12 and higher education systems to work more closely together to create the alignment necessary to improve readiness levels required for students to succeed in a credit-bearing course at a postsecondary institution.

“Senate Bill 1 has re-energized our efforts at the highest levels on our campuses,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King. “In my experience working in several states, I have not seen this level and depth of cooperation and collaboration that is represented here by all campuses and embedded in this commitment.”

In February, Kentucky was the first state in the country to adopt new common core standards at a joint meeting of the Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Board of Education and the Education Professional Standards Board. Higher, clearer and more in-depth academic standards are required by Senate Bill 1.