KCTCS Increases Credentials Awarded by 72% Since 2008

Sep 21, 2012 - | 01:56 PM -

Hazard, Ky. (September 21, 2012) – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents announced today during its regularly scheduled meeting that the number of certificates, diplomas and associate degrees awarded to students increased  approximately 72 percent between the  2008 and 2012 academic years.

“I applaud KCTCS leadership for their dedication and commitment to increasing student success,” said P.G. Peeples, KCTCS Board of Regents Chair.  “Because of these efforts KCTCS has been a primary driver in enhancing the state’s educational attainment rates.”  

Between 2008 and the current academic year, a total of 152,007 credentials were awarded. Sixty-one percent of these credentials were certificates, 9 percent diplomas and 30 percent associate degrees. 

These results are supported by a 2011 study conducted by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems entitled Realizing Kentucky’s Educational Attainment Goal: A Look in the Rear View Mirror and Down the Road Ahead. This report measured Kentucky’s rate of improvement on key higher education metrics from 2000 to 2009.  It reported Kentucky ranks first among all states on improvement in the percent of working-age adults with college degrees and the number of undergraduate credentials awarded relative to the population with no college degree, with KCTCS playing a significant role in both accomplishments.  Additionally, the report revealed the increase in three-year graduation rates at KCTCS colleges was the third highest percentage point change in the nation, and resulted in Kentucky moving from a ranking of 38th among states to 16th.

In other business, the board:

Approved the naming of the Guy and Lisa Spriggs Child Development Center at Ashland Community and Technical College.
Approved or ratified new certificate programs and two associate in applied science programs for Jefferson Community and Technical College that include:
An Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology; and
An Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic Technology.
Approved 7,903 candidates for graduation who applied for academic credentials (certificates, diplomas or associate degrees) between April 12, 2012 and July 23, 2012. 
The credentials include:

5,234 candidates for certificates;
570  candidates for diplomas; and
2,099 candidates for associate degrees.

The next meeting of the KCTCS Board of Regents will be December 6 – 7, 2012 at the KCTCS office in Versailles, Kentucky.