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CPE approves three new academic programs, re-elects leadership

FRANKFORT, Ky. —  The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) approved two new academic programs at the University of Louisville and one at Northern Kentucky University.

For the University of Louisville, the Council approved a Bachelor of Science in general studies, a 120-credit hour online program designed exclusively to meet the needs of returning adult learners. The second program, a Master of Science in health teacher education, will prepare faculty and graduate students of medicine, dentistry, public health, and nursing for teaching in their respective fields.

A Master of Science in cardiovascular perfusion was approved for Northern Kentucky University. The 77-credit hour program will prepare students to use heart/lung machines and other technologies to maintain the health of patients during heart surgery and other medical procedures.

In other action, the Council re-elected Lucas Mentzer as chair and Eric Farris as vice-chair.

Mentzer of Lexington is the director of software engineering strategy at PuttShack, an upscale, tech-infused mini golf experience based in the UK. He has served on the Council since 2016 and was first elected chair last year.

Farris of Shepherdsville is a senior partner and attorney at Buckman Farris and Mills. He has served on the Council since 2020 and this is his second term as vice-chair.

In other business, the Council:

  • Heard that CPE received a clean Fiscal Year 2021 financial audit report with no deficiencies.
  • Received reports from CPE President Aaron Thompson, KDE Commissioner Jason Glass and a legislative session report from Dr. Jennifer Fraker, CPE assistant vice president.
  • Heard reports from the Academic and Strategic Initiatives Committee, Executive Committee, Committee on Equal Opportunities and Good News report from the campuses.

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