Only 46.5% of students are graduating in six years or less from Kentucky’s public universities, according to the newest data as of 2009 provided by the Council on Postsecondary Education.
King used the figure 48%.
“We need to do a better job with our students,” said Council president Robert King on Wednesday’s edition of Pure Politics. “We have seen significant improvements over the last decade in terms of graduation rates, in terms of the numbers of credentials, certificates, associates degrees, bachelors and higher degrees that we are producing at our universities…. but the reality is we need to do better.”
As part of a new strategic approach to higher education in Kentucky, King said Kentucky’s schools will no longer follow the tradition of taking students’ tuition money and offering education in a take-it-or-leave-it fashion.
“We do care. If you’re going to do your part as a student, then we’re going to do everything in your power to help you finish,” King said.The full video interview with Ryan Alessi is here.