Boosting College Completion has developed a policy profile for Kentucky based on an analysis of data and policies related to college completion and workforce development.
In 1997, the Kentucky Legislature, in partnership with state leaders, college presidents and business leaders, reformed higher education through House Bill 1. This legislation and the equally momentous Senate Bill 1 (2009) have created a favorable environment for comprehensive reform in the areas of college and career readiness, transfer and articulation, and workforce development.
While Kentucky has seen great improvement in its education and economic indicators since 1997, the state will need to sustain its annual attainment growth rate of 3.8% to reach the national attainment average by 2020. Between 2000 and 2009, Kentucky made the largest single percentage jump in college attainment of any state. The Unified Strategy for College and Career Readiness created through Senate Bill 1 and the Council on Postsecondary Education’s strategic plan, Stronger by Degrees, have communicated the importance of college preparation and participation for young adults. While young adults age 25 to 34 have realized a full six-point increase in degree attainment rates, much still needs to be done to increase college attainment among traditional college students and minorities.
To sustain the reform effort and to more effectively meet statewide goals, the General Assembly might consider:
News & Updates
Kentucky University Funding-performance Link Sought (Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/10/11)
Rep. Carl Rollins, Chair, Education Committee
Sen. Ken Winters, Chair, Education Committee
Kentucky is participating in the following national initiatives that are related to college completion and workforce development:
American Diploma Project (ADP)
Common Core Standards Initiative
Complete College America (CCA)
Complete College America Innovation Challenge Grant
PARCC Assessment Consortium
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium
The following resources were produced by Boosting College Completion, state agencies and postsecondary systems.
Realizing Kentucky’s Educational Attainment Goal: A Look in the Rear View Mirror and Down the Road Ahead (NCHEMS)
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education — Data Reports