MSU participates in the CPE initiative to improve professional skills and readiness


Morehead State University emphasizes career readiness to enhance students’ hands-on learning opportunities through programs such as its new Level UP program. MSU is participating in a new statewide initiative to ensure Kentucky college graduates have the skills and knowledge necessary to secure employment upon graduation.

The Kentucky Graduate Profile Academy includes three members of Kentucky’s eight public four-year universities and four campuses of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. MSU is one of the institutions receiving a $25,000 grant to support efforts to develop critical skills identified by higher education and professional organizations. The program is coordinated by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

These skills include:

  • Effective communication
  • Critical mind
  • Quantitative reasoning skills
  • Effective interactions with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Adaptation and leadership skills
  • Professionalism
  • civic engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Decision making
  • Apply academic knowledge, skills, and talents to a chosen career field

“MSU is thrilled to partner with this initiative to ensure our graduates develop the skills employers want,” said Megan Boone, acting director of the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education and director of career services. “The emphasis on these skills is woven throughout a student’s MSU experience and will prepare them to launch their career upon graduation.”

Level UP is an initiative to ensure students can engage in experiences to prepare them for success, including undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning and internships . It includes courses that build students’ skills in communication, professionalism, critical thinking, and teamwork. Level UP further focuses on training students to pass on proof of those professional skills that are highly desirable to employers in all disciplines.

To learn more about MSU’s Level UP program, email [email protected] or visit

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