Saturday, May 9, 2009

Double the numbers, attempting specifics

The Council on Postsecondary Education's plan to "Double The Numbers" aims to move Kentucky adults age 25 to 64 up from 402,000 bachelor's degrees in 2000 to 791,000 bachelor's degrees in 2020.

According to the plan document (here), the 2020 total should include:
  • 235,000 degrees received before 2000 by people who will still be under 65 in 2020.
  • 65,000 degrees received between 2000 and 2004.
  • 94,000 degrees from net migration (people moving in minus those moving out).
  • 397,000 degrees earned from 2005 to 2020.
So far, I have not been able to find an official timetable of year-by-year targets for bringing the 397,000 new degrees to fruition.

The chart at the right is my own, based on 3.9% increases each year on top of the 16,902 reported 2004 bachelor's degrees shown in CPE's newest accountability report (here).

CPE's intent with this goal is to match the national bachelor's attainment for adults 24 to 64, while assuming that the national rate will also be rising over the years of the plan.

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