Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

The Benefits

There is a strong correlation between education level and personal income,productivity, civic participation, life expectancy, employment status, and community strength.

College graduates earn more.
College graduates tend to be more engaged citizens.
College graduates are healthier
States with more college graduates generally enjoy a higher quality of life.
States with more college graduates have stronger, more diverse economies.
  • Unemployment rates are much lower for college graduates than for high school graduates.
  • The top states in educational attainment also rank highest
    on the New Economy Index, which measures innovation,entrepreneurship, and competitiveness in the global economy. Kentucky ranks 45th on this index.


The Return on Investment
The Kentucky Long-Term Policy Research Center has estimated that doubling the number of bachelor’s degree holders by 2020 could produce an additional $139.5 billion in the personal income of Kentuckians and add $9 billion in tax revenue to the state's General Fund.

Last Updated 11/8/2007