Council on Postsecondary Education
Campus teams take aim at closing achievement gaps

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 11, 2012  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

Campus teams from five Kentucky higher education institutions participated this week in an annual meeting of Access to Success, an initiative focused on closing achievement gaps for low-income and under-represented minority students.

Kentucky is among the 22 states whose higher education systems have pledged to cut the college-going and graduation gaps for low-income and minority students in half by 2015. Access to Success institutions serve more than 3.5 million students.

The teams representing Kentucky were from Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The teams learned about high impact strategies on how to close achievement gaps for low-income and under-represented minority students.

Access to Success aligns with the Council’s strategic agenda, Stronger by Degrees, which outlines specific objectives and strategies to increase degree completion, improve graduation rates and close achievement gaps. State and institutional metrics will track Kentucky’s progress in these areas.

A recent report issued earlier this month by Access to Success, “Replenishing Opportunity in America,” showed gains being made in both enrollment and degrees conferred among low-income and minority students, but gaps still persisting.

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