05-17-2012

In a tough economy, associate degrees lead the pack

Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred a record 63,000 degrees and credentials during the 2011‐12 academic year, representing an overall increase of 4 percent over last year.

The report shows the largest one‐year increase was at the associate level with substantial increases in all sectors. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System led with an estimated 9,503 associate degrees, an increase of 20 percent or 1,600 degree earners from just one year ago.

Based on the preliminary 2011-12 Degrees Report issued today by the Council on Postsecondary Education, gains were made at all levels, especially among workforce‐oriented associate, master’s and doctoral-degree levels. The final report will be available this fall.

The report shows the largest one‐year increase was at the associate level with substantial increases in all sectors. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System led with an estimated 9,503 associate degrees, an increase of 20 percent or 1,600 degree earners from just one year ago.

Graduate education at the master’s and research-doctoral levels also led this year’s increases.

Master’s/specialists degrees were up nearly 12 percent for a total of 8,863 degrees. Doctoral-research degrees climbed more than 7 percent with 513 degrees conferred.

Bachelor’s degrees remain the type of degree earned by the largest number of students. These degrees increased 4 percent over last year with 21,558 bachelor’s degrees conferred.

The full report is available at http://cpe.ky.gov/prelimdegrees.htm.