James Graham Brown Foundation awards $2M to Council on Postsecondary Education – The Lane Report

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) has received a $2.1 million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to create a new statewide initiative that will help improve equity and close outcome gaps on college campuses.

The effort, called the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative, represents a unique front in higher education. It will serve as the first statewide center in the country that works with both two- and four-year institutions, linking campuses with business leaders and state policy makers. It also positions Kentucky as a national leader in developing strategies for student achievement.

“This initiative will help drive institutional change at every level,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “All Kentuckians deserve equitable access to a high-quality college education, and our campuses have developed tremendous momentum toward that goal. Now is the time to scale up with a concentrated, statewide effort that expands on their work. I want to thank the James Graham Brown Foundation for this gift and CPE for their steadfast leadership in this area.”

Housed at CPE, the collaborative will focus on three main objectives – information sharing, professional development and assistance with research and analysis.

The goal is to help campuses develop innovative approaches that will improve graduation rates, close equity gaps, enhance workforce development and increase learning opportunities for emerging leaders in higher education.

The goal is to improve graduation rates, close equity gaps, enhance workforce