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ERIC Number: ED561885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Stronger by Degrees: 2012-13 Accountability Report
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
The annual "Accountability Report" produced by the Council on Postsecondary Education highlights the system's performance on the state-level metrics included in "Stronger by Degrees: A Strategic Agenda for Kentucky Postsecondary and Adult Education." For each metric, we outline steps taken to improve performance, as well as activities planned for the coming year. The 2014 targets were negotiated with each public university, the KCTCS system office, and the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) when the strategic agenda was adopted in 2011. The Council staff will revisit some of these goals with institutions in cases where the target has been achieved ahead of schedule or where the metric has been revised. Highlights in this report include: (1) Kentucky made impressive gains in the area of college readiness thanks to 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); (2) GED attainment declined from the previous year, but Kentucky is on track to increase GED® graduates next year. There were 6,700 GED® graduates in the first half of the 2013 fiscal year, compared to 3,700 during the same period in 2012; (3) Kentucky continues to experience strong growth in degrees and credentials conferred. The system has achieved its targets for total degrees and credentials and graduate degrees, and is on track to meet bachelor's and associate degree targets; (4) While graduation rates increased for bachelor's and associate degree students, more must be done to raise graduation rates for low-income, underprepared and underrepresented minority students; (5) Financial support for higher education continued to decrease at the state level, with declines in state appropriations and in the availability of need-based financial aid; (6) Kentucky is steadily improving the educational attainment of younger workers (25-44), an important indicator of the state's economic competitiveness; and (7) Instruction at Kentucky's postsecondary institutions continues to innovate, as seen in the strong growth in online learning. The statewide target in this area has been achieved ahead of schedule. Campus leaders, guided by institutional strategic plans that complement this agenda, are working to fulfill their commitment to meeting the common goals.
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; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests