Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555 ext. 308

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky’s system of public and independent postsecondary institutions set another enrollment record this year with 239,445 students, an overall increase of 1.7 percent over last fall, based on preliminary enrollment figures released earlier today by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

“We are pleased that the number of Kentuckians participating in postsecondary education continues to increase each year,” stated Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education.  “This is a significant achievement for our institutions, the Commonwealth, and her people.

“Moving forward, we will need to pick up the pace to reach the national average in educational attainment by 2020,” he said.

Undergraduate enrollment at public institutions was up 1.9 percent, while public graduate enrollment increased 1.1 percent over Fall 05.

Kentucky State University posted the highest one-year increase in undergraduate enrollment at 5 percent, followed by Northern Kentucky University (4.8 percent), University of Kentucky (3.4 percent) and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (2.8 percent). 

Total enrollment in the public sector has increased 31 percent since 1998, the first year of postsecondary education reform. The enrollment leader is KCTCS with an increase of 69 percent. Western Kentucky University has led the state’s four-year institutions in enrollment growth during the same period with an increase of 25.6 percent.

The Council on Postsecondary Education will meet Sept. 17 and will consider approval of preliminary degree production targets for all public postsecondary institutions. 

Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 239,445 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED graduates. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.


Last Updated 9/14/2006