Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 14, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – While students at Kentucky Community and Technical College System set an all-time state record for transferring to one of Kentucky’s four-year public or independent universities during the 2006–07 academic year, more transfers will be needed for Kentucky to reach its goal to double the number of residents with bachelor’s degrees by 2020.

The Kentucky Transfer Student Feedback Report, released today by the Council on Postsecondary Education, shows that 4,478 students transferred in 2006–07, an increase of 19 percent since 2002–03 and a 1 percent increase over 2005-06. 

“Transfer is a critical strategy in Kentucky’s “Double the Numbers” plan,” explained Brad Cowgill, interim president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “This statewide transfer study is an important step in addressing the issue at a system level.”

The Council projects that the number of students transferring from KCTCS and completing bachelor’s degrees needs to grow to more than 11,000 students, an increase of more than 10 percent per year over the next 14 years.

The Council conducted the study in partnership with KCTCS to benchmark transfer patterns and success, and to develop programs for creating a more seamless system of postsecondary education. The study builds on a 2004 Council survey of almost 5,000 KCTCS students’ perceptions of the transfer process and parallels the 2004 High School Feedback Report released in April by the Council examining K-12 to college transitions.

Cowgill commended KCTCS and the four-year institutions for their initiatives that are improving student transfers and success.

Some of these initiatives include:

  • The 2006 General Assembly appropriated $1.2 million to the Workforce Development and Transfer Trust Fund to increase availability of scholarships and improve advising services for transfer students. The Council and KCTCS will use some of these funds to pilot a transfer scholarship program later this year.
  • The Council, in partnership with KCTCS and the four-year institutions, has established the Course Applicability System, an online site that allows students to find out which course credits will transfer to which universities and how they will count toward their degree.  
  • All Kentucky public institutions have established agreements with KCTCS for associate degrees in education and business, the two largest areas for transfer in Kentucky, guaranteeing all course credits will transfer into baccalaureate degree programs. 

The report also showed that half of all students transferring to public universities earned 60 or more credit hours before transferring. On average, transfer students entered four-year institutions with 56.5 credit hours. Slightly more than 18 percent of transfer students completed an associate’s degree prior to transferring.

Transfer feedback reports are available for each KCTCS institution, along with a system report. Each feedback report includes demographic information about the students who transferred, where they transferred, what majors they selected and how well they performed academically at the four-year institutions, including information on average grades, retention and graduation rates over time. Maps are included to illustrate where former graduates from each of these colleges live.

The Council will use this report and additional studies to inform its ongoing work with policy issues and programmatic needs in the area of student transfer.
 To view The Kentucky Transfer Student Feedback Report, visit

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 9/19/2007