Thursday, April 28, 2011

Audit the Council on Postsecondary Education

The following is the letter I sent today to State Auditor Crit Luallen, via the e-mail on her website for reporting "suspected fraud and waste":

April 28, 2011

Crit Luallen
Kentucky State Auditor
209 St. Clair
Frankfort, KY 40601

Dear Ms. Luallen,

Your recent efforts to bring to public light the inadequacies at the Kentucky State Board for Proprietary Education (KSBPE) are commendable. It is vitally important that state officials such as yourself monitor the boards and commissions that are responsible for overseeing private educational institutions to ensure that they are adequately doing their job--even though, as in the case of the KSBPE, they receive no taxpayer money.

In light of the even more urgent responsibility on the part of public officials such as yourself to monitor those boards and commission which do receive public funds and which are responsible for overseeing our public institutions, we hereby request that your office conduct an audit of the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

The Council's recent action in approving tuition increases at our public colleges and universities that, in some cases, are almost three times the rate of inflation raises the serious question of whether the CPE is adequately doing its job in keeping higher education affordable for Kentuckians. This is part of the mission of the CPE.

We thank you for your public service, and request a response to this letter.

Martin Cothran
Senior Policy Analyst
The Family Foundation of Kentucky

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