Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky Student Success Collaborative

In 2015, Kentucky established the 60x30 goal, an ambitious effort to raise the percentage of working-age Kentuckians with a high-quality postsecondary degree or certificate to 60 percent by the year 2030.

The state remains significantly below the national average for educational attainment, while some form of postsecondary education is increasingly necessary to compete in the workforce. First-generation college goers, low-income students, underrepresented minorities and students age 25 and older continue to graduate from college at significantly lower rates than other students in Kentucky.

These opportunity gaps are preventing students from succeeding and building the careers needed to thrive.

The Collaborative

CPE's Kentucky Student Success Collaborative serves 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 in developing strategies that benefit all students.

Funded by the James Graham Brown Foundation and housed at CPE, the collaborative will focus on three main objectives – information sharing, professional development and assistance with research and analysis. Its work is to root out systemic policies and practices that contribute significantly to student failure. 

The initiative will also connect campuses with local communities, businesses, policy experts and other external resources that can help improve student outcomes. The goal is to expand innovative approaches that will improve graduation rates, close equity gaps, enhance workforce development and increase learning opportunities for emerging leaders in higher education.

The grant will support the collaborative for three years, funding three employees. CPE is providing a $747,000 in-kind match comprised of administrative support and existing resources.

Among its many activities, the collaborative will seek to identify new funding resources from national organizations that have not yet engaged with efforts in the commonwealth.

Visit the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative website.

Guiding Data


Last Updated: 1/19/2022