A preliminary report issued today estimates that Kentucky’s
public and private colleges and universities conferred 63,148 degrees and
credentials during the 2013-14 academic year, representing an annual increase
of 1.2 percent and a 10-year increase of 60 percent.
The statewide report showed growth at most levels, including
undergraduate certificates, and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and
“This is exceptionally good news for Kentucky. The hard work
of our students is being rewarded, and our campuses are adding value by
creating a more highly skilled workforce to strengthen Kentucky’s economy,”
said Bob King, CPE president.
degrees are up 3.4 percent, with gains of 9.6 percent reported at the
independent colleges and universities and 1.6 percent in the public sector.
doctorates increased 10.2 percent overall, while professional practice doctoral
degrees nudged upward nearly 2 percent. This category includes newer programs
such as advanced‐practice nursing, as well as law and many health‐related
degrees increased nearly 3 percent, while undergraduate certificates climbed
master’s degree production is estimated to be down in both the public and
private sectors, for an overall decrease of 6.8 percent.
‒ The number of degrees conferred statewide has
grown substantially at all levels.
certificates grew 204 percent and associate degrees increased 56 percent, a
result of the expansion of applied associate programs at the Kentucky Community
and Technical College System.
Professional‐practice doctoral degrees grew 46.5 percent and
research/scholarship doctoral degrees climbed 42.9 percent at the state level,
reflecting the expansion of Kentucky’s highly‐educated, professional workforce.
degree production is up 30 percent since 2003-04.
The report was issued earlier today by the Council on
Postsecondary Education at its meeting at Centre College. The final report will
be issued later this year.
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