Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 29, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lee Nimocks
502-573-1555 ext. 244

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -- The vast majority of people who earn degrees at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities stay in Kentucky after graduation according to a Council on Postsecondary Education study released today at a Council meeting in Frankfort. The study shows 95 percent of resident graduates from public colleges and universities stay in Kentucky after completing their degree or credential, a 12 percent increase from a similar study in 2000.

The study analyzed how many people completing their degree in 2001 were still residing in Kentucky in 2006. This study is a follow-up to a study conducted by the Council in 2000, which looked at the migration of the 1993-94 and 1994-95 classes of Kentucky college graduates.

Between 2000 and 2006, the overall proportion of graduates (resident and non-resident) from Kentucky public colleges and universities who chose to remain in the state increased from 73 to 86 percent. The number of non-resident students remaining in Kentucky five years later rose more than 50 percent (37 percent in 2006 compared to 24 percent in the 2000 study) and roughly half (49 percent) of international students also chose to stay after graduation.

While the percentage of graduates remaining in the state increased, the number of people earning degrees and credentials in Kentucky also increased. This results in an even greater increase of 36 percent in the actual number of graduates staying in Kentucky between 2000 and 2006.

“Not only are more Kentuckians choosing to earn degrees, but they are also choosing to remain in the Commonwealth,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Keeping our graduates in the state to live and work is critical for Kentucky to reach its 2020 educational attainment goals.”

Individuals with a 4-year degree or higher are also remaining in Kentucky in higher numbers. The percent of graduates with a bachelor’s degree still residing in Kentucky rose from 71 percent in 2000 to 87 percent in 2006. The percent of students who earned doctorates and chose to stay in Kentucky nearly doubled from 27 to 52 percent during this time period.

To view the full report, visit the Council Web site at

In other business, the Council:

  • Approved 2007-08 tuition rates for the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Tuition rates will increase 9 percent at UK, 8.4% at Morehead State University, 9.4% at Eastern Kentucky University and 5.5% at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. All tuition increases are within the tuition parameters established by the Council in 2006. Additionally, per the Council’s request, each institution submitted plans for increases in financial aid for students who have a demonstrated financial need.

  • Reviewed fall 2006 undergraduate enrollment information. Undergraduate enrollments reached a record high for the ninth year in a row with 206,419 students enrolled in public institutions, up about 1.5 percent over fall 2005. Kentucky State University led the public universities in undergraduate increases with a 5.1 percent increase, followed by NKU at 4.6 percent.

  • Released its annual Accountability Report. The report shows Kentucky has made progress on 12 of 19 statewide indicators, specifically related to postsecondary preparation, degree and credential production, learning and economic and community development. Attending college in Kentucky remains affordable but rising tuition costs over the last several years are cause for concern particularly for low income families and working adults.

To view Council meeting materials, visit the Council Web site at

Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.


Last Updated 1/29/2007