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Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson

President Aaron Thompson of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education talks about student success and a willingness to change traditional services, budget recommendations the CPE will make to state lawmakers next year, COVID-19 and higher education and the future of Kentucky State University.
S17 E5 Length 28:04 Premiere: 10.3.21

Council on Postsecondary Education President Discusses COVID-19, Funding Priorities, and More

Aaron Thompson started the new academic year with a full plate. As president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, he has the usual concerns about school budgets and performance-based funding, student readiness and career pathways.

But this year, he faces the daunting challenge of helping the state’s public universities and community college system navigate the continuing COVID-19 pandemic while addressing a financial crisis at the only historically Black institution of higher education in the commonwealth.

In August, officials at Kentucky State University announced the school owed about $13 million in unpaid bills and would require emergency funding to be able to stay open through the end of the academic year. That bombshell came after the sudden resignation of KSU President Christopher Brown in late July amid concerns about the school’s finances and allegations of misconduct.

It’s not the first time KSU has been in financial peril. In 2014, the school faced a $7 million deficit, which officials at the time largely attributed to unpaid tuitions and student fees. Thompson was appointed in 2016 to serve as interim president for a year and help right the school’s finances, lagging graduation rates, and other issues.

“When we left, we left a substantial amount of dollars in the reserve fund, as well as we were paying all of our bills, [and] we were, in fact, having all of our students pay for their bill,” says Thompson. “Also, I left them with a balanced budget.”

In response to the new crisis, Gov. Andy Beshear charged CPE with doing a full accounting of KSU’s finances. Thompson says that review is ongoing, but he says they’ve not found any evidence of intentional criminal activity so far. He says it appears the current fiscal troubles started in 2018, and that the university’s Board of Regents asked about the school’s finances but were told by administrators there was no problem. Thompson also says the board as well as CPE received incomplete financial data from school officials during that period.

CPE is set to issue a preliminary report to the KSU board on Oct. 19, and then a full report on Nov. 15. Until then, Thompson says the state has allowed the school to borrow money so it can make its fourth quarter payroll. The search for a new president will begin soon.

“We’re taking necessary steps to get this back in control,” he says. “Bottom line, though, it can’t happen this year… This is a long-term fix.”

At a recent meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill), who chairs the Senate budget panel, questioned whether KSU should continue to operate given its financial problems and low enrollment and graduation rates. Thompson says he’s talked with House and Senate leadership about their concerns. He says he believes they and Gov. Beshear will continue to support the school and help ensure that KSU remains a viable, independent, historically Black university.

“Just because we’re in to some financial troubles that we have to fix, that doesn’t get rid of the viability nor the validity of a campus like Kentucky State University,” says Thompson. “We’re going to be building a plan of action that will help KSU to not only survive and but to thrive in the future.”

The Impacts of COVID on Schools and Students

The coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge the state’s colleges and universities as they struggle to balance the academic and emotional needs of students with public health protocols. Thompson says Kentucky’s schools did a good job with testing, contact tracing, masking, and other mitigation measures during the previous school year.

“We came way under the positivity rate than the general population,” he says. “This year we’ve done the same thing.”

While some state universities have required students to get vaccinated, Kentucky schools have not. Instead, Thompson says they have offered incentives to encourage students to take one of the COVID vaccines. He says CPE will work with campus administrators and public health officials to fulfill any federal orders that may require employees to get vaccinated.

The state’s public and private colleges and universities are set to receive about $454 million in federal COVID relief through the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in March. While that will help those schools, Thompson says it won’t be nearly enough to offset COVID-related expenses.

“Federal money hasn’t covered the costs, no way,” he says.

Beyond the academic interruptions, Thompson says students are returning to school having been affected greatly by the pandemic – socially, emotionally, and culturally.

“We know we had some mental health issues with our students before the pandemic. With the pandemic, it’s increased tremendously,” says Thompson. “These are all added costs that we didn’t even have before.”

In addition to the toll on current students, Thompson says high school students with postsecondary aspirations have had three years of their studies interrupted, and will arrive at college less prepared academically and emotionally.

A recent report from the Kentucky Department of Education shows that only about 30 percent of high school juniors met the college readiness benchmark for math, 39.9 percent for reading, and 42.3 percent for English.

“These numbers are giving us an indicator that we have to do some work and do the work fast to help students catch up,” he says.

Thompson says he wants to see higher education offer what he calls “bridge programming” to students between their high school senior year and their college freshman year to better prepare them for their postsecondary studies.

“You can call it remedial [education] if you want to, but if they’re graduating with these numbers, bottom line is it’s essential education,” says Thompson.

Helping Adults Return to the Classroom

On the back end of the college experience, Thompson wants to ensure that students are prepared for gainful employment. The Lumina Foundation recently awarded CPE a $550,000 grant to help college advisors work with students to develop clear and achievable career goals that mesh with workforce needs.

“We’re not telling you to go in a certain direction,” says Thompson, “We’re just going to help you to decide the direction you want to go in.”

Thompson says this counseling will be especially important for underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students who may not have had the chance to explore all their career options. He says the students who have been historically disenfranchised are more likely to need this kind of help to get on a solid career path.

CPE is also committed to helping adults who have some college credits but no degree to return to school and complete their education. Thompson says it’s important for schools to meet the specific needs of each individual rather than lumping returning students into one large group. He says the kinds of wrap-around support services a 22-year-old single mother might need to return to the classroom could be very different than what someone in their mid-40s might need in order to advance their careers. He says schools should also provide competency-based options that give students academic credit for their real-life experience, and build relationships with employers to know what jobs and career paths are in the greatest demand.

Looking to next year’s session of the Kentucky General Assembly, Thompson says CPE will ask legislators for more money in the higher education performance-based funding pool: $67 million in fiscal year 2023, and $90 million in fiscal year 2024. He says state schools also need additional funds for deferred maintenance.

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JoAnne Wheeler Bland - S10 E44

  • Tuesday October 12, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Andre Taylor - S10 E43

  • Monday October 11, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Rufus Friday - S17 E6

  • Sunday October 17, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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Aaron Thompson - S17 E5

  • Sunday October 10, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Wednesday October 6, 2021 11:30 pm ET on KET
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Infant Nutrition and Breastfeeding - S10 E42

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Cathe Dykstra - Family Scholar House - S10 E41

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Gigi Butler - Gigi's Cupcakes - S10 E39

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Cathy Zion - Zion Publications LLC - S10 E38

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Diabetes Epidemic - S10 E20

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Susan and Morgan Guess - S10 E34

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Jay Williams - S10 E33

  • Wednesday September 29, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Pellom McDaniels - S10 E30

  • Tuesday September 28, 2021 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kiley Lane Parker - S10 E29

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Whitney Austin - Reducing Gun Violence - S17 E4

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Kevin Chapman - S10 E28

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Kendell Nash - ECHO - S10 E27

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Dorothy Edwards and Diane Fleet - S10 E26

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Lois Combs Weinberg - S10 E25

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Elaine Chao - S10 E23

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Filmmaker Sarah Burns - S17 E3

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Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu - S17 E2

  • Sunday September 19, 2021 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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Season 17 Episodes

Devine Carama

S17 E7 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 10.17.21

Rufus Friday

S17 E6 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 10.10.21

Aaron Thompson

S17 E5 Length 28:04 Premiere Date 10.3.21

Whitney Austin - Reducing Gun Violence

S17 E4 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 9.26.21

Filmmaker Sarah Burns

S17 E3 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 9.19.21

Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu

S17 E2 Length 27:23 Premiere Date 9.12.21

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