Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)

CPE: Supporting University of Kentucky students

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary EducationThe Council on Postsecondary Education is Kentucky's adult and higher education coordinating agency committed to strengthening the Commonwealth's workforce, economy and quality of life. CPE guides the continuous improvement and efficient operation of a high-quality, diverse, innovative, accessible, and affordable system of postsecondary education.


CPE readiness requirements

Resources are available for incoming students who have not yet demonstrated readiness for certain postsecondary requirements based on placement testing. Academic advisors will work with affected students to ensure their registration and course placement are appropriate.

Important resources for students to meet CPE readiness requirements include:

  • UK's Academic Preparation and Placement Program (APP) provides placement testing for incoming students and preparatory instruction for admitted students who have not yet met statewide minimum test score requirements for college readiness.

  • Transformative Learning (TL) is a centralized student support unit on campus, a student’s one-stop shop for on-campus academic resources, including Academic Preparation and Placement, The Study, and Academic Coaching.  Transformative Learning partners with student service programs and academic units across the university to enhance student retention and progress to degree. 

  • Student Support Services is a federally funded program designed to work with students who are first generation, low income, and/or have a documented disability. Student Support Services' holistic approach to working with students is designed to aid in retention and graduation. The service provides a comprehensive program of academic support combined with personal and career exploration that will maximize your chances for persistence to graduation.


CPE Learning Contract

CPE requires a Learning Contract for incoming postsecondary students whose high school grade point average (GPA) falls within a specified range, based on administrative regulation 13 KAR2:020: "Students with a GPA between 2.0 to 2.49 could still be admitted to a public four-year university if they sign a learning contract with the campus specifying the advising, mentoring, tutoring and support services expectations for both the student and the campus.” View the regulation here: KAR 2:020. The purpose of this learning contract is to provide resources to help students be academically successful.

At the University of Kentucky, we are committed to student success and have developed the Wildcat Success Plan to assist our students in meeting their academic goals.  

Important resources for students following the Wildcat Success Plan include:

  • UK 101 is an academic course whose mission is to help new students transition to university life, build a strong foundation of academic success, embrace opportunities to promote intellectual and personal growth, and foster a sense of belonging and community. More specifically, UK 101 strives to connect students with other students in a small-group setting; build student rapport with a faculty/staff instructor and peer instructor; connect students with academic opportunities and resources; promote student wellness and safety; increase student understanding of university expectations; equip students with learning strategies for academic success; and engage students in the curricular and co-curricular life of the university.
  • Academic Coaching is a program designed to help students set academic goals and enhance their chance at success. UK's Academic Coaching helps students in areas like test taking strategies, note taking, study habits, and time management. Setting goals is a large part of coaching.The program offers a one-on-one setting with a trained graduate student in which students will work to set goals for their courses and create an action plan to accomplish their goals.

An updated version of the Wildcat Success Plan will be available soon and a link will be provided here.