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Council On Postsecondary Education Improves Accountability With Data Portal

The Council on Postsecondary Education unveiled the new Kentucky Postsecondary Education Data Portal on its Web site in early October. This new section is the most complete state education data source in Kentucky and one of the most comprehensive online collections of state education data in the nation.

The new data portal, located online at, features a large increase in the amount of state postsecondary education data available to users with more than 150 tables, graphs, maps and reports. The site also features an increased number of information categories, national resources for each category and technical definitions for data terms used throughout the site.

“The council is moving forward to provide greater accountability in Kentucky’s system of postsecondary and adult education,” said Tom Layzell, president of the council. “This initiative is an effort to increase the accessibility and visibility of information about the system. It will prove a useful tool for our constituents, from Kentucky citizens and students to state education leaders and policymakers.”

The new Kentucky data portal comes at an opportune time in relation to remarks made last week by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, who outlined an action plan to improve access, affordability and accountability in higher education.

“In the Information Age, it is essential that clear, comprehensive and comparative data about colleges and universities be collected and made available to students, parents and policymakers,” said Spellings.

The new data portal offers reports, tables and graphs available in the following categories:

  • Adult education;
  • College preparation;
  • County profiles;
  • Degrees and credentials;
  • Developmental education and remediation;
  • Distance learning;
  • Diversity;
  • Dual enrollment;
  • Educational attainment;
  • Enrollment;
  • Faculty and staff;
  • Finance;
  • Institutional data;
  • Retention, graduation rates and transfer;
  • Special reports;
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and
  • Student demographics.

The new Kentucky Postsecondary Education Data Portal may be accessed at


Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 239,445 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED graduates. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.


Last Updated 11/1/2006