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ERIC Number: ED535363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-6
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Realizing Kentucky's Educational Attainment Goal: A Look in the Rear View Mirror and down the Road Ahead
Kelly, Patrick J.
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NJ1)
In 1997, policymakers in Kentucky enacted perhaps the most sweeping higher education reform legislation of any state in the past two decades. Kentucky's Postsecondary Education Improvement Act (House Bill 1) has been heralded by many higher education leaders across the U.S. as one of the great success stories--a rare instance when a state's governor, legislators, higher education leaders, college and university presidents, and business leaders collectively aligned to implement policies that better serve the residents of the state. The legislation immediately kicked off an agenda for Kentucky's higher education enterprise that is built on the public good rather than the individual needs of colleges and universities. Now more than halfway to the year 2020, it is important to pause and gauge the progress that Kentucky has made during the past decade, and the gains that need to be made between now and 2020 for Kentucky to realize its college attainment and degree production goals. This brief documents Kentucky's movement on a number of key indicators since 2000 and identifies the additional number of college degree-holders needed between now and 2020. While issues of college preparation, developmental education, retention of college students, and student learning (for example) are critical for Kentucky to reach its overall goals, this report focuses largely on measures directly associated with college completion, the educational attainment of the population, and the impact on the state's economy. Percent Change in Completion Rates (2000 to 2009) is appended. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky