WHERE DO WE STAND NATIONALLY?

KENTUCKY RANK AMONG 50 STATES

The above statistics are taken from the “Big Bold Future” report.  To view this report in detail, click here.

KENTUCKY EARLY CHILDHOOD INDICATORS

COLLEGE-GOING RATE 54%
DEGREE ATTAINMENT 36%

The above are Kentucky statistics.  To see your individual Groundswell Community Profile, click here.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

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  • 43% of Kentucky residents aged 18 to 24 are enrolled in higher education.  Our rank of 41st is a decline from 40th in the 2020 rankings.  – We must do better.
  • 40% of students enrolling in Kentucky public two-year institutions graduated within three-years.  Our ranking moved up to 6th from 19th in the 2020 rankings. -Growth like this is how we can build a Big Bold Future for Kentucky.
  • 57% of students starting Kentucky public four-year universities graduated within six years.  Ranking 30th is an improvement over 32nd in the 2020 rankings.  – Accelerating growth like this will build a Big Bold Future for Kentucky.

Find more statistics below by clicking the “Big Bold Future Report”, or see how your School District is doing by clicking on the “Community Profiles” option.

POLICY & INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

We support funding and legislation that improves access, affordability, and quality in postsecondary education, resulting in higher postsecondary attainment.  Policies enacted should:

  • Encourage affordability for all students.
  • Provide high-quality dual credit options for high school students.
  • Support Performance-Based Funding for Kentucky’s public universities and community and technical colleges.
  • Expand need-based tuition support.

BIG BOLD ASK INCREASE OVER FY 2022

✔ $53 Million for FY 2023
✔ $105 Million for FY 2024

2023 Progress: 50%
2024 Progress: 30%

POLICY SPOTLIGHT

LOCAL PRACTICE PRIORITIES

  • Campaigns that connect every student to a post-high school pathway
  • Community FAFSA campaigns
  • Durable skills development

GROUNDSWELL ACTION SPOTLIGHT

MANCHESTER – After a local Togetherness March that was sparked by the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor tragedies, two Groundswell members in Manchester asked themselves what they could do as an action step to impact racism in their town.  Rhonda Phillips and Sara Szymkowiak decided to create an organization that would empower and nurture youth who may not have the same opportunities as others to gain the skills and resources needed to succeed in academics and as community leaders.

The Thompson Scholars Foundation, named for Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Dr. Aaron Thompson, a Clay County Native, currently serves disadvantaged students, including but not limited to racial minorities, those experiencing poverty, or first-generation college students.

The Thompson Scholars program focuses on building skills in social and emotional development, leadership development through civic engagement, self-advocacy and self-confidence, communication skills, STEM and Arts programming, college and career readiness, and assistance with the entire college or technical school enrollment process.

Scholars receive a college or technical school scholarship based on their attendance in the program.  The board and team are committed to support scholars even throughout their post-secondary academic pursuits to minimize barriers to completion.  Former Scholars who graduate from college or technical school will be designated as Thompson Fellows, who in turn, can give back to the organization through whatever means, be it giving of time or finances.

The above story is taken from our “Groundswell Action” stories.  Groundswell Actions come from communities around Kentucky working to making a difference at the local level.  Read more of them here.