Kentucky Report Shows 59 Percent Gain in Degrees, Credentials

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A new report shows the total number of postsecondary education degrees and credentials awarded in Kentucky grew by 59 percent over a 10-year period.

The report was released Tuesday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education. It shows that the total number of degrees and credentials rose from 39,203 awards in 2003-04 to 62,339 awards in 2012-13.

The council says that growth at Kentucky’s public two-year, four-year and independent sectors ranked eighth nationally.

The report shows that Kentucky’s largest 10-year growth, at 159 percent, was in undergraduate workforce certificates. The number of certificates grew by more than 12,000 awards between 2004-05 and 2013-14, according to the report.

Associate degrees also made significant gains with a 52 percent increase, while bachelor’s degrees grew steadily at 24 percent.