Perry Papka, Author at Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Perry Papka

  • Defining College Affordability Matters More Now, Than Ever: Part III

    Ultimately, the test of affordability is in student success. If students do not complete their course of study, it is unlikely that that they will deem their experience as “affordable.” Assisting students financially is fundamental, but providing the supports necessary to succeed academically and reach the finish line is also critical. We highlight here a sampling of on-campus efforts (as well as at the Council on Postsecondary Education) that contribute to student success – and ultimately affordability.
  • Defining College Affordability Matters More Now, Than Ever: Part II

    What is Affordability? Nothing like restating the obvious question! But we have to start with what students really have to pay. And this is where Kentucky might have a bright spot or two – in case you thought the trends in Part I of this blog were depressing. When we focus only on rising tuition costs, it leaves out other important cost and resource considerations – namely room, board, and other living expenses, as well as resources students get from financial aid. When you combine all this together, you get to the clearer measure of real costs to students – Net Price – the amount left over to be covered by student resources (i.e. savings, student debt, work).
  • Council on Postsecondary Education sets tuition policy

    The Council on Postsecondary Education set tuition policy for the next academic year, as well as released the 2020 annual progress report for Kentucky’s public colleges and universities at today’s quarterly meeting. Unsurprisingly, the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on Kentucky students and our postsecondary institutions colored much of the discussion. As Kentucky institutions have shifted to on-line learning for the remainder of the spring term, uncertainty remains as to how students and campuses will respond through the summer and into the next academic year. This uncertainty will impact Kentucky’s ability to maintain progress toward educational attainment goals and the types of innovative strategies that will be necessary to ensure student success.
  • Child Care Must Get More Support to Survive Covid-19 – A Call to Action

    My wife and I stared blankly at one another last month when Governor Andy Beshear announced that child care providers would close in response to the Covid-10 pandemic. As parents of an infant and preschooler, we had to make quick shifts (like so many families) to handle what has become a daily routine of managing workloads, parenting, diapering, and teaching. Added to that was a new worry. We love our child care center, the teachers and the staff. It is in the neighborhood in which I grew up. We desperately want it to reopen when this public health crisis wanes.
  • Analysis: State Budget Dramatically Reshaped by Covid-19 Pandemic – What Does this Mean for Education?

    With the state capitol still under restricted access, the Kentucky General Assembly returns to Frankfort today to take final action on House Bill 352, the state budget – a spending plan now reflecting the dramatic (and still unknown) impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the state’s financial resources. Due to these rapidly changing circumstances, House and Senate leaders have agreed to essentially a 1-year continuation budget.