The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and many of the state's leaders, including Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams, appeared Wednesday at an event touting Kentucky's higher education progress during the last decade.
The council released statistics from a consultant saying that Kentucky was tops in the nation in the percentage of improvement in the number of adults ages 25 to 64 with college degrees, including associate and bachelor's degrees, from 2000 to 2009.
The state is also tops in improving the six-year graduation rates at four-year institutions.
The improvements did not propel Kentucky to the top of national standings. In the area of adults ages 25 to 64 with college degrees, the state ranks 45th in the nation, up from 47th in 2000. The state went from 44th to 35th in the category of six-year graduation rates at four-year institutions, which includes private and public schools.