Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Postsecondary and adult education enrollment up statewide

Release Date: September 29, 2003
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: (502) 573-1555

(Frankfort, Ky) Enrollment in Kentucky’s postsecondary education institutions reached a record high of 226,910 students this fall, based on preliminary enrollment figures. The estimated headcount is an increase of 5,728 students, or 2.6 percent, over 2002 enrollment. Of the state’s college students, 197,615 are enrolled in public colleges and universities, up 3.3 percent from 2002.

“Postsecondary education reform is working well in Kentucky for Kentuckians,” stated Tom Layzell, Council president. “Since 1998, the first year of Kentucky’s postsecondary education reform, we have enrolled more than 42,000 additional students into our system,” he said.

Also posting preliminary enrollment gains is Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council. A record 109,880 Kentuckians enrolled in adult education programs in fiscal year 2003, representing an increase of 23,467 students.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System showed the largest increase since 1998, up 25,532 students or 56.1 percent based on estimated headcount. KCTCS enrolled 71,061 students this fall, up 4.8 percent from fall 2002 official enrollment.

The preliminary enrollment figures were released at the recent Council on Postsecondary Education meeting. Official fall enrollments will be released in January of 2004. The estimates in prior years have varied from actual enrollments by plus or minus two percent.

The Council on Postsecondary Education coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky’s colleges and universities.


Last Updated 8/3/2005