College & Career Readiness Lab

Mission Statement: Aligns statewide initiatives focused on college and career readiness; investigates and identifies problems related to transition from high school to college, including academic success at post-secondary institutions; tackles career development issues for underrepresented high school students; and, strives to increase GED attainment, as well as enrollment and retention in adult education programs and community and technical colleges.

Lab Director

Laurie Henry,
Dr. Henry (vita in Word) joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 2007 as an assistant professor of early adolescent literacy. She came to Lexington from Connecticut where she began her career as a middle school teacher. Dr. Henryhas a B.S. in special education and an M.A. in education from the University of Connecticut where she also earned a Ph.D. in Cognition and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy and technology. Dr. Henry is the curriculum developer of the Skill Up Kentucky program. Her research interests focus on 21st century skill development, Internet-based literacy skills, and social equity issues related to the digital divide. (Note: link the words “Skill Up Kentucky” above to the subpage for this program). Also, please replace photo with new one. Email:


Jane Jensen,
Dr. Jensen (vita in Word) joined the EPE faculty from Indiana University with a joint degree in Anthropology and Higher Education. Her research interests are “qualitative research methodology, issues in postcompulsary education, and college student success.” As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Jensen’s research in the Canadian Maritimes addresses issues of economic development and education. She has continued this work investigating educational aspirations and adult education in Appalachia. Her academic interests also include qualitative research methods and college student success. She has co-authored a textbook for students experiencing academic difficulty offered by Prentice Hall.Dr. Jensen holds a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.  Email:

Keisha Love,
Dr. Love’s research motto is, “promoting the well-being of the underrepresented, underserved, and underprivileged,” in which a majority of her work focuses on people of color. Her specific areas of inquiry include the study of attachment relationships among racially diverse populations, the influence of parenting practices on mental health outcomes, family dynamics, college students’ academic and psychological adjustment, and career development issues. Dr. Love teaches Psychopathology, Individual Assessment of Cognitive Functioning, Practicum, Career Counseling, Ethics, and several Independent Study courses. Her theoretical orientation is a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal relations. She is a Full member of the Graduate Faculty.

Charles McGrew,
Charles McGrew is the Executive Director of the P-20 Data Collaborative. Prior to taking this role, he was the P-20 Director for the Data Quality Campaign, the national organization responsible for encouraging the development and expansion of state data systems. Before that, he was the Assistant Vice-President for Information and Research at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education where he supervised the development of the Kentucky Postsecondary Data System, the state postsecondary longitudinal postsecondary data system, an award winning data portal, and creation of the Kentucky High School Feedback Report, which is used nationally as a model for other states. He is currently co-director of the P-20 Innovation Lab on College and Career Readiness at the University of Kentucky. Mr. McGrew has nearly twenty years of experience in education and policy research and has held positions at a number of colleges and universities. He speaks and presents nationally on related topics.

Special Project Co-Directors

Deneia Thomas
Dr. Thomas is an Associate  Professor in the College of Education, Counseling & Educational Psychology Department at Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Kentucky State University, an MS in Educational Psychology and an EdS in School Psychology and her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2005. She has been active and maintains memberships in numerous national and state organizations in the areas of diversity, counseling and educational psychology.  Dr. Thomas has a record of scholarship relating to the examination of factors that promote success among diverse populations, which is reflected in her national and state refereed publications and presentaions. In addition, she regularly presents in national and state conferences to advance the knowledge of empirical findings in this area of interest. Dr. Thomas has a vast array of experiences serving within k-12 education, the State Department and higher education. She is very active in the community participating on numerous boards and advisory committees around the state to support diverse initiatives. Email:

Denise Probst
Mrs. Probst earned a Bachelor Degree in Special Education/Learning and Behavior Disorders and a Masters of Literacy at The University of Kentucky. She taught  twenty eight years for the Fayette County Public Schools. During those years, Denise served on numerous Site Based Decision Making Councils, was the Science Coordinator at Ashland Elementary, and received a Walmart Teacher award. Currently, Mrs. Probst is a Part Time Instructor at The University of Kentucky in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.  Email:



  • September Summit
  • December Summit
  • Henry, L. A., Jensen, J., Love, K., & McGrew, C. (2010, September). P20 College & Career Readiness Lab: Identifying statewide issues. Next Generation Learning Summit. Lexington, KY
  • Henry, L. A., Lyons, M., & Morris, B. (2010, December). Adult learners on new pathways to success. 2010 Innovation Summit. Lexington, KY.

Newsletter September 2010


Updated by on September 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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