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Degrees & Credentials

This page is updated annually in the Fall.

The following tables and reports include information about degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other credentials at all levels for public and independent Kentucky institutions. Data include breakouts by discipline, gender, and race. The data sources include the CPE Comprehensive Database and IPEDS.

Tables & Reports
Technical Definitions
  • Baccalaureate
    A four-year degree that is also commonly called a bachelor’s degree.
  • Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
    A number used by the federal government to identify an academic program or major. Similar majors tend to fall under the same first two numbers within a CIP.
  • Independent Institutions
    Institutions that are solely funded by tuition or through private sources. Many tables include only those schools who are member institutions of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.  Other independent institutions include proprietary (for-profit) institutions, two-year occupational institutions, bible colleges, and seminaries.
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
    IPEDS consists of institution-level data that can be used to describe trends in postsecondary education at the institution, state and/or national levels. It is a single, comprehensive system that encompasses all identified institutions whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education.
  • Level
    Postsecondary educational level is defined as simply undergraduate, graduate, or first-professional, or by the credential being sought including certificates, diplomas, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, etc.
  • Public Institutions
    Four-year and KCTCS two-year postsecondary institutions that are funded through legislative appropriations.
  • Sector
    Identifies institutions based on funding types and the level of degrees offered:  two-year public, four-year public, and independent.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
    Student majors or degrees that fall under the federal Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) list of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs based on their federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes.


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Last Updated 6/23/2014
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