Reports: KY college enrollment remains steady

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two reports released Thursday from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) include feedback on recent graduates from Kentucky’s public high schools and their transition to college in the first year.

“The 2016 Kentucky High School Feedback Reports show that college-going rates throughout Kentucky are holding steady with about 60 percent of the state’s public high school Class of 2014 students enrolled in college, and that those students are better prepared for college-level classes and careers,” said Kate Akers, Ph.D., executive director of KCEWS.  “However, less than 20 percent of 2012-13 public high school graduates enrolled at public universities earned 30 or more college-level credit hours during their first year.”

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The reports from KCEWS include the Kentucky High School Feedback Report on College Going and the Kentucky High School Feedback Report on College Success. Both reports give comparable data for each of Kentucky’s 227 public high schools and 168 school districts.

The first report on college enrollment revealed that of the 43,783 Kentucky public high school students who graduated in 2014, 60.4 percent—or 26,446—enrolled in some form of higher education compared to 60.3 percent of those who graduated in 2013. The report is based on 2013-2014 college enrollment data, not surveys of students. Reports are not provided for alternative programs, but students from those schools are included in the district-level figures.

Data also revealed that more than 52 percent of males compared to about 68 percent of females in the Class of 2014 attended college. In addition, nearly 61 percent of white students, about 58 percent of African-American students and 51 percent of Hispanic students attended college, along with more than 16 percent of students with access to special education.

Of the 227 public high schools in the college going report, duPont Manual High School in Jefferson County and Jackson City School in Breathitt County had college going rates at or above 90 percent for the Class of 2014.  The highest in the state at 92 percent with 403 of 438 graduates attending college was duPont Manual High School.

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