Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Strategy 4- Increase the number of Kentuckians going to and completing college

Too many Kentuckians do not understand the benefits of a bachelor’s degree, especially in counties where professional job opportunities are scarce. To compete in the knowledge economy, Kentucky must create a college-going culture where everyone is expected to complete some postsecondary education or training. To succeed, we need an infusion of high school graduates and working-age adults into our colleges and universities. Once enrolled, we must help more students complete their degree by addressing their academic, financial, and personal needs early and often.

Statewide tactics
  • Incentives and rewards for colleges and universities for increased degree production.
  • Concentrated efforts across the system to strengthen guidance and support for students at every stage of their academic careers.
  • Expanded capacity to serve more students, especially adult learners, through course redesign, alternative methods of program delivery, and better coordination of distance education.
  • A coordinated statewide outreach initiative to communicate the importance of earning a bachelor’s degree.
  • Redesigned and expanded financial aid programs to ensure that college is possible for all Kentuckians.
2020 statewide targets
  • Increase the percent of high school graduates going directly to college from 62 percent to 74 percent.
  • Increase the percent of adults in college from 3.6 percent to 4.5 percent.
  • Raise the six-year college graduation rate from 45 percent to 56 percent.
  • Raise annual bachelor’s degrees awarded from 18,200 to 33,700.


Last Updated 1/7/2008