The total number of degrees awarded by AIKCU member institutions continued its steady climb in 2011-12, according to final degrees awarded data recently released by the Council on Postsecondary Education.
Overall degrees awarded by Kentucky’s 20 nonprofit, private colleges during the 2011-12 academic year rose by 13 percent over 2010-11, from 7,024 to 7,927. Bachelor’s degrees increased by 4.3 percent to 4,620, while master’s degrees rose by 32 percent to 2,408.
From 2002-03 to 2011-12, the total number of degrees awarded annually by AIKCU members rose from 4,765 to 7,927, a 66 percent increase. During that same 10 year period bachelor’s degrees increased by 30 percent and master’s degrees by 212 percent.