President of Kentucky CPE visits Bowling Green to discuss higher education

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a listening tour for the President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to share his goals to see more Kentuckians highly educated.

Dr. Aaron Thompson visited Bowling Green Thursday morning as part of his higher education listening tour.

Local leaders in education asked Thompson how to improve their students’ access, affordability and completion of higher education.

By 2030, the council’s goal is to have 60 percent of Kentuckians between the ages of 25 and 64 to have earned a postsecondary credential.

Whether that be a certificate, associate, a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

Thompson also shared his concerns that Kentucky students are graduating from college without problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Another concern of his is the lack of diversity in Kentucky’s postsecondary.

He also said the gap from secondary, postsecondary, and the workforce isn’t large enough.

Thompson says his priorities are to increase the economic impact and value of higher education for students.

He plans to head back to Frankfort to work on making college more accessible and affordable.