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Kentucky’s Progress Toward Postsecondary & Adult Education Strategic Agenda Goals
April 24, 2020
Kentucky is on track to reach its 60x30 educational attainment goal. In 2018-19, the total number of undergraduate degrees and credentials (public and AIKCU) increased 3.5% over the prior year. An average annual increase of 1.7% is needed.
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Undergraduate Degree Earners

Sixth in the series

April 3, 2020
The Undergraduate Degree Earners report series, published annually, provides a demographic and education profile for all students graduating with an undergraduate credential, which may include associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates. In this report, we profile graduates in the 2018-19 academic year, with a focus on first-time versus non-first-time graduates, and examine changes in demographics…
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Focus Magazine, Winter 2019: Credentials that work

Today’s students use certificates, certifications to build bright futures

Dec. 5, 2019
Recent research shows that non-degree credentials bring significant benefits to the people who earn them — including a greater likelihood of employment (72 percent vs. 64 percent) and a chance for earnings increases of as much as 22 percent (among those who earned credentials taking between one and two years to complete).
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A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges
Nov. 12, 2019
Using data from the expanded College Scorecard, this report ranks 4,500 colleges and universities by return on investment. A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges finds that bachelor’s degrees from private colleges, on average, have higher ROI than degrees from public colleges 40 years after enrollment. Community colleges and many certificate programs have the highest returns…
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Closing the Credit-Noncredit Divide

Bridging the Gap in Postsecondary Education to Expand Opportunity for Low-Wage Working Adults

Oct. 25, 2019
The noncredit-versus-credit disconnect remains a complicated gulf for students, employers, and even institutions to navigate in the U.S. postsecondary education system. As described in this paper, there are a number of factors that contribute to these divisions in America’s higher education system.
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Hurdles to Connected Credentials
Sept. 25, 2019
Ten years. Because of how fast our economy is evolving, a person’s skills stay relevant for just a decade. That means high school graduates who plan to work until 65 will have to learn new skills and earn new credentials at least four times throughout their lives as workplaces and job duties change. As workers…
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Credential Hurdles

Six Things Slowing Workers Down

April 25, 2019
The rise of technology and automation have led to dizzying changes in our economy and the nature of work. The result? American workers and students—from high school seniors to job-seekers to people who are underemployed—are left wondering if they will be able to succeed in the modern economy. At the same time, a gap exists…
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Betting on Bootcamps

How Short-Course Training Programs Could Change the Landscape of Higher Ed

April 4, 2019
Traditional institutions can integrate professional and technical skills into their programs, but this will not protect them from disruption. A more foolproof way to address this disruptive threat is to invest in the bootcamp business model through an autonomous unit. Successfully pushing into new industries and training contexts will require bootcamps to innovate continuously. But…
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Credential Clout

How Higher Ed Can Prepare for an Evolving Job Market

March 27, 2019
Student and employer perceptions around the value of college degrees are evolving. Sixty-two percent of students surveyed enrolled in college to improve their job prospects but only 39 percent believe they will be very prepared for the workplace when they graduate.
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Undergraduate Degree Earners – 2019

First-time graduates and graduates with prior awards

Feb. 8, 2019
The 2017-18 Undergraduate Degree Earners Report shows the number of students earning their first undergraduate degree in 2017-18 (first-time graduates) was 2,254,846, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to 2016-17.
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