Kentucky Sees Increase in Postsecondary Credentials and Undergraduate Degrees

Kentucky’s colleges and universities are on track to increase the educational attainment of the state‚Äôs working-age population from 45 percent of the population with a postsecondary credential to 60 percent by the year 2030. The Council on Postsecondary Education approved an annual progress report that shows undergraduate degrees and credentials at Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities totaled 59,009 in 2016-17, an increase of 7.4 percent over the prior year. Combined with graduate degrees, total degree and credential growth climbed 6.6 percent overall. The highest growth came from short-term certificates awarded by the Kentucky Community and Technical College system, increasing 16 percent to 22,579 awards for the year.

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