State Universities And Colleges Hand Out Record-Number Degrees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Public universities and colleges reached
a record recently, handing out more than 43,900 degrees and
credentials during the last academic year, state officials said.

There were 43,902 degrees and credentials issued during the
2006-07 school year, state officials said Friday. That accounts for
a 3.3 percent increase from the previous year.

It also continues a trend that started in 1997, when Kentucky
lawmakers passed legislation aimed at boosting higher education for

"This is excellent news," said Charles McGrew, director of
information and research for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary
Education. "It just continues to go up every year."

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System accounted
for more than half of the awards last year that were either
diplomas, certificates and associate's degrees. Meanwhile, state
schools awarded more than 14,700 bachelor's degrees.

David Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of
Commerce, said the numbers were good news.

"Business people are increasingly interested in a skilled work
force because that's the only way to remain competitive in an
information-driven society," Adkisson said.

The University of Louisville had the largest growth among state
schools. U of L increased the number of bachelor's degrees it
awarded by 3.3 percent up to 2,328. Meanwhile, the University of
Kentucky conferred 3,613 bachelor's degrees, which is the most in
state history.

Kentucky's goal is to double the number of adults with
bachelor's degrees to 791,000 by 2020.

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