CTAN Process Wheel
CTAN works to solve challenges collectively and follows a practice of collaborative action, shared by the Institute for Coalition Building

The Current State Picture

  • While more JCPS students are graduating high school, less are going on to college
    • In 2013, 66% of students enrolled in a post-secondary, a 7% point decline from 2008
  • Summer Melt is steadily increasing. “Melt” is a national phenomenon which refers to students who plan to attend college prior to their high school graduation but do not actually enroll
    • In 2013, 20% of JCPS FAFSA filers did not enroll in college the fall after graduation
  • Characteristics of melt: Of the JCPS college-intenders who did not enroll 85% Pell Eligible, 82% had an ACT below 20, and 57% were first generation college-goers, and 45% were African American


CTAN works in collaboration to improve supports for college-intending students at risk of “melting” the summer after high school graduation in order to increase enrollment in postsecondary institutions and improve persistence through the first year of college.

Grand Challenge

By 2020, 85% of Louisville high school graduates will enroll in college within 12 months of graduation. This goal stands for all students – regardless of race or ethnic origin.

A Few Things that Matter

  1. Increased college knowledge and readiness of students to build a strengthened college-going identity
  2. Improved partnerships and seamless pathways to strengthen supports and programs for students
  3. Better understanding of why students melt, research on effective practices to reduce melt, and evaluation of CTAN efforts leading to improved policies

High Impact Project Teams

  • College Campaigns – Coordinate and align what already exists
  • Summer Coaching – Provide 1-1 supports to students through the summer
  • Pass the Baton – Create a seamless transition for JCPS grads heading to JCTC
  • Data Analysis/Evaluation – Understand the barriers and what works to remove them

Join our next meeting:

CTAN meets the 3rd Monday of the month, 3:30-5pm, at the Louisville Free Public Library – Main Branch in the Centennial Room.

Contact Emma Brown (emmab@cflouisville.org) for more information.