To raise Kentucky’s standard of living to the national average by 2020, we must Double the Number of college graduates living in Kentucky. Demographers predict that in 2020, about 1 of every 3 Americans will have a bachelor’s degree. In 2000, about 1 in 5 Kentuckians had a bachelor’s degree. If current trends continue, we will fall short of our goal by about 211,000 college graduates.
Why Bachelor's Degrees?
Simply put, this plan is the most substantial contribution our postsecondary education programs can make to Kentucky’s quality of life in the shortest period of time.
The Plan focuses on bachelor’s degree production because:
- The link between economic prosperity and educational attainment is most dramatic at the bachelor’s degree level, both for states and for individuals.
- At the current rate of improvement, Kentucky is on track to meet or exceed the national average in associate degree production, but will fall far short in bachelor’s degrees.
- Master’s and advanced degrees, while vital to the new economy, cannot be obtained without a bachelor’s degree.