Public colleges and universities in Kentucky awarded 61,859 degrees and credentials in the 2011-12 school year, exceeding the system's 2014 goal of 59,400, according to a report by the Council on Postsecondary Education, which also showed graduate degrees and transfers exceeding goals set for 2014. However, graduation rates for low-income students seeking bachelor's degrees fell from 46.2% to 34.5%, while minority student graduation rates dipped from 37% to 34%, the report showed.

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