More associate diplomas helps 4% jump in degrees

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A preliminary report on the number of
higher education degrees awarded in Kentucky this year shows an
increase of 4 percent over last year, with community college
associate degrees leading the way.

The Council on Postsecondary Education reported Thursday that a
record 63,000 degrees and credentials were awarded in Kentucky for
the 2011-2012 academic year.

The preliminary report shows the number of associate degrees
from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System leaped 20 percent to about 9,500.

In addition, master's and specialist degrees increased 12
percent to more than 8,800. Doctoral research degrees rose more
than 7 percent.

Bachelor's degrees increased 4 percent over last year to more
than 21,500.

The final report will be available in the fall.


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