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State report estimates college degrees, certificates up in Kentucky

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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 doctoral levels.

“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.

One-year highlights:

‒        Baccalaureate 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.

‒        Research 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.

‒        Associate degrees increased nearly 3 percent, while undergraduate certificates climbed 2.2 percent.

‒        However, master’s degree production is estimated to be down in both the public and private sectors, for an overall decrease of 6.8 percent.

Ten-year highlights:

‒        The number of degrees conferred statewide has grown substantially at all levels.

‒        Undergraduate 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.

‒        Baccalaureate 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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