LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education estimates more than 61,000 students are getting diplomas from the state's public and independent colleges and universities in the academic year coming to a close.
That's down slightly from last year's historic total, but it's well above the number of degrees conferred a decade ago in the Bluegrass State.
The council's report issued Thursday estimates 61,472 degrees and credentials will be awarded during the academic year that's ending.
It says historic numbers of degrees are being awarded at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels, as well as for some doctoral programs.
Undergraduate certificates at community and technical colleges dropped nearly 4.5 percent.
Council senior vice president Aaron Thompson says the rising number of college degrees makes Kentucky more competitive in luring jobs.