Council on Postsecondary Education
Campuses exceed targets in total degrees and credentials, graduate degrees, STEM+H degrees and credentials, transfers, online learning

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 21, 2014  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

A state-level accountability report shows Kentucky’s colleges and universities exceeded targets for total degrees and credentials conferred, graduate degrees, and degrees and credentials for STEM+H (science, technology, engineering, math and health) during the 2012-13 academic year.

The campuses also exceeded goals in two other areas: number of transfers from the Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges to four-year campuses and for the percent of total credits earned online.

“We commend campus leadership, faculty and staff, and our education partners for this tremendous progress,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King. “A more highly skilled and educated workforce is Kentucky’s key to a more prosperous future.”

Impressive gains were reported in the area of college readiness, which resulted from an aggressive statewide effort to establish a common definition of readiness and improve the delivery of developmental and bridge programming before and during college. Kentucky is on track to reach the college readiness target established by Senate Bill 1 (2009).

Kentucky is also steadily improving the educational attainment of younger workers (25-44), an important indicator of the state’s economic competitiveness.

“While we are pleased with this progress, we remain concerned about some fairly significant challenges that lie ahead,” said Council President Bob King.

King cited decreased state financial support for higher education as a major concern as well as the lack of state grant funds for low-income students.

“Closing achievement gaps of low-income and underrepresented minority students is mission critical for Kentucky and will continue to be a key focus moving forward,” he said.

The report found that 107,552 low-income students qualified for state need-based aid, but did not receive it since state grant programs are underfunded relative to the need of Kentuckians.

Produced by the Council on Postsecondary Education, the report tracks progress on 27 metrics included in Stronger by Degrees: A Strategic Agenda for Kentucky Postsecondary and Adult Education.

In total, the state made progress or met goals on 14 metrics, held steady on three and lost ground on nine. One metric definition changed and was not evaluated in this year’s report.

The Council on Postsecondary Education reviewed the report earlier today at its meeting at the Leestown Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

The report is available at  


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