UK Acquires Papers Of Influential Education Policy Group

Nov 20, 2013

Historians and researchers interested in education policy will soon have a new treasure trove to explore at University of Kentucky Libraries.

Former Prichard Committee director Robert Sexton
Former Prichard Committee director Robert Sexton

UK has acquired the papers of influential education advocacy group The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

The committee was a small citizen-run organization when college professor Robert Sexton took the reins in 1983, but over the years it grew into a nationally recognized group that helped pass education reform at the state level in 1990 and the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act in 1997.

"These collections document the education reform movement in Kentucky over the last four decades," says UK Libraries dean Terry Birdwhistell.

The university will soon offer researchers and even undergraduates access to the Prichard papers along with the briefs, speeches, and letters produced by Sexton.

"They tell us about the history, but they also show us how public policy works in a state like Kentucky and we think that scholars now and in the future will benefit from that a great deal," Birdwhistell says.

Sexton passed away in 2010, but the work of the Prichard Committee continues and will be donated to the university’s special collections as it becomes available.