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Kentucky colleges see record enrollment in 2009-10.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Total student enrollment at Kentucky's colleges and universities this fall is at an all-time high, according to according to
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 a report from the state's Council on Post-secondary Education.

That's mainly because more people are enrolled at community and technical colleges throughout the state, according to the report. Kentucky's community college system saw an increase of more than 11 percent from 2008, totaling 100,000.

"We've been seeing pretty consistent growth over the past several years," Kentucky Education Cabinet Secretary Helen Mountjoy said. "There's a growing realization that if you want to succeed in the 21st Century, you need some education and some training after you graduate from high school."

According to the preliminary enrollment figures, 254,560 students are enrolled in public and private colleges this fall. That marks a 5-percent jump in enrollment from last year, and a 40-percent spike over the past decade, the report says. Official numbers will be out in January.

Bob King, the council's president, says the challenge now is to support the students with "adequate faculty, career advisers and available courses." Public colleges and universities have been cut about $78 million over the past 18 months, according to the CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.

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Four-year universities with the largest percentage increases in total enrollment in the state this fall were Kentucky State University Kentucky State University (KSU, or less commonly, KYSU, to differentiate from Kansas State University) is a four-year institution of higher learning, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, the Commonwealth's capital.  and Western Kentucky University Student Body Profile
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 at 6.6 percent and 4.6 percent respectively. Some public universities, however, had increases of about 1 percent, the report found.

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, Murray State and Morehead State all had increases in total enrollment of less than 1 percent. Meanwhile, Eastern Kentucky University Student Life
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 and Northern Kentucky University Northern Kentucky University is a public, co-educational university located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, seven miles (11 km) southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. Enrollment is currently about 14,200 students.  had only slightly higher percentage increases.

Overall, it's estimated that just over 98,000 students are enrolled as undergraduates at Kentucky's public universities this fall.

U of L spokesman Mark Hebert said the school is at capacity in terms of classroom space and has not focused on boosting enrollment.

"We don't have any place to put kids and so we've been concentrating on quality," Hebert said.

Still, community and technical colleges account for the largest chunk of students.

That's likely because times are tough financially, Mountjoy said.

Unemployment rates in Kentucky have been rising steadily, with some counties reporting more than 15 percent jobless figures in August.

Mountjoy said enrollment is up at community and technical colleges partly because more people see them as an entry point to higher education higher education

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, and more people are looking to increase their job skills.

"As people are out of work, they tend to return to school or choose to continue their education so that they're prepared when the new jobs present themselves," Mountjoy said.


According to preliminary figures, 254,560 students are enrolled in public and private colleges this fall. That's a 5 percent jump over last year.

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Date:Oct 19, 2009
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