Ky. universities to play bigger role in preparing K-12 students for college, work

03/02/2011 06:12 PM

Students graduating from a Kentucky college or university have about the same chance of graduating in six years as a married couple does of avoiding divorce – about half.

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.

King said even students who received high marks in high school often come to college unprepared to excel in an accelerated learning environment.

“They haven’t had the training at K-12 that they need. They haven’t been taking courses that are rigorous enough. They don’t have the study skills. And so all of those things are things we are going to start providing, at the same time that we’re going to help K-12 get where it needs to be,” King said.

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