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ERIC Number: ED507738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
May Graduates
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Kentucky's public and independent postsecondary institutions are graduating another historic class in 2009. Total degrees and credentials awarded this spring increased 7 percent over last year and an impressive 40 percent in the past five years. Other highlights include: (1) Increases were seen in all sectors and at virtually all institutions. Eastern Kentucky University saw the largest growth among four-year institutions, increasing 48 percent in five years, with 60 percent growth in baccalaureate degrees. KCTCS' spring degrees grew by 72 percent in five years, including a 43 percent increase in associate graduates; (2) These increases were seen at all degree and credential levels. Baccalaureate degrees increased 24 percent in five years, associate degrees 32 percent, and doctoral degrees 64 percent; (3) UK and UofL continue to pursue their HB 1 goals of becoming premier research institutions. UK's spring doctoral degrees increased 70 percent in five years, while UofL's increased 21 percent. The undergraduate focus of UofL is also changing, with more baccalaureate degrees and fewer subbaccalaureate degrees and credentials; (4) KCTCS continues to pursue both academic and workforce missions with tremendous growth in certificates, 125 percent in five years, as well as a 43 percent increase in associate degrees awarded in the spring; (5) The AIKCU independent colleges and universities continue to keep pace with the publics in baccalaureate degree growth. Graduates from master's and doctoral programs have increased substantially as well, especially at Spalding University, University of the Cumberlands, and Union College; and (6) Kentucky State University's drop in degrees is due to increases in students graduating in the fall term and to students having to leave college due to financial reasons. In a recent KSU study investigating undergraduate departure between fall 2008 and spring 2009, finances were cited as a pivotal factor in students' departure or delay. Charts and graphs contain data on: (1) May 2009 Graduates: Kentucky Public and Independent Institutions; (2) Five-Year Increase in Graduates: Kentucky Public and Independent Institutions; and (3) May Graduates by Level: Kentucky Public and Independent Institutions.
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. 1024 Capital Center Drive Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601. Tel: 502-573-1555; Fax: 502-573-1535; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Frankfort.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky