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Record Number Of College Degrees, Credentials Conferred In Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education says colleges and universities have conferred a record number of degrees and credentials.

A statement from the agency says there were 65,829 degrees and credentials obtained during the 2015-16 school year, which is a 2.7 percent increase from the previous year.

Council President Bob King said Kentucky’s higher education institutions have been using strategic initiatives designed to help more students graduate. He says that increases the number of educated workers, which helps improve the state’s economy.

According to the statement, the number of bachelor degrees earned at public universities increased by 3.6 percent and the number of certificates earned at Kentucky Community and Technical College System grew by 4.7 percent from the previous year. The number of associate degrees increased by 0.3 percent.