Ky Council of Postsecondary Education Named Winner of Great Admissions Redesign Challenge

Foundation: Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation has named the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education as one of seven winners of its "Great Admissions Redesign" competition, which aims to " revolutionize the admissions process and increase accessibility to higher education for all students," per a press release.

Lumina reviewed more than 70 applications and chose the winners based on criteria including "a commitment to ensuring fair and just outcomes for Black and Brown students, simplicity, and innovation," as well as "leadership in streamlining procedures and promoting inclusivity."

The other winners are Illinois Board of Higher Education, California State University System, Northern Arizona University, Louisiana Board of Regents, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Washington Student Achievement Council.

Lumina will be awarding $3.1 million in implementation and planning grants.

The Kentucky Student Success Collaborative was awarded $150,000 to facilitate a collaborative, student-centered, design-thinking continuous improvement approach to address long-standing barriers and untapped potential in admissions and financial aid processes.

The project will also include an artificial intelligence webinar series, open to the public, examining opportunities to use AI to shore up campus capacity and streamline the admissions process.

Dr. Aaron Thompson, president of CPE, said: "This planning grant from Lumina will help Kentucky accelerate progress on our statewide priority to streamline student pathways to bachelor's degrees."

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