Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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September 8, 2011

Ky. sees improvements in higher education measures

FRANKFORT — After a decade-long push to increase the number of Kentucky residents with college degrees, an independent review shows the state is making progress.

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in a report released Wednesday said that several key measurements have improved since 2000, including the number of people receiving college degrees.

Aims McGuinness Jr., a senior associate at the center, presented the findings at a news conference in the Capitol’s state reception room, a venue typically reserved for major announcements.

McGuinness said the improvements are laudable, but that leaders in Kentucky, a state with strong reputation nationally for higher education reforms, must continue the push for more improvements.

“I think it’s important to note that Kentucky is not there yet,” he said. “There are major gaps, so sustaining this reform is important. ... The goals are achievable if you, in fact, continue to make the progress that you’ve been making.”

The report ranked Kentucky in the Top 5 nationally on a half-dozen measures, including growth in the number of working-age adults with college degrees.

Under a mandate from the legislature, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has been leading a push to double the number of residents with degrees by 2020.

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