COSFL is a statewide forum of senate and faculty leadership representing the eight public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). It was formed July 13, 1979 as a collective advocacy body of public higher education faculties. Representatives meet monthly to discuss matters of shared interest about higher education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
COSFL provides advice to various public higher education agencies in the Commonwealth and is a clearing house for the exchange of information about member universities. The organization was instrumental in supporting passage of an amendment to the 1997 Kentucky Higher Education Reform Bill to allow for faculty representation on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). COSFL has worked with CPE staff on such issues as the Strategic Agenda, Strategic Implementation Plan, and program review.