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Kentucky Schools

In the state of Kentucky, academia is a thriving field. The trends in Kentucky's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Kentucky By Profession

1,196 1,284 1,293 1,333
380 397 376 375
2,183 2,240 2,186 2,204
2,417 2,444 2,416 2,420
2,378 2,375 2,384 2,426
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

The number of faculty at Kentucky's 110 colleges and universities grew from 8,554 members to 8,758 between the years 2006 and 2009.

Thus the number of collegiate level faculty has seen a increase of 3%.

Average faculty salaries in Kentucky

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in Kentucky earn $48,574 per year on average. This is less than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. And male faculty in Kentucky earn more than female faculty by 3%.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Kentucky

No data at this time.

Approximately 49% of Kentucky's 6,866 college faculty members are tenured, while 23% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Kentucky by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Kentucky Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.77% 1.12% 2.75%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Kentucky
  • Light Blue: National

Interestingly, in Kentucky the number of part-time faculty has grown from 2006 to 2009 by 5%. Similarly, the number of full-time faculty in the state has also grown by 5%. This data shows that in Kentucky, working full-time in academia is becoming less common.

National Vs. Kentucky Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 6.77% 2.18% 4.76%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Kentucky
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Kentucky

No data at this time.

And 7% of part-time faculty in Kentucky belonged to an ethnic or racial minority in 2009. In the same year, 13% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in Kentucky

No data at this time.

National Vs. Kentucky Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 4.75% 4.27% 11.23%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Kentucky
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Kentucky has increased by 15%. National statistics are consistent with this. Nationally, 788,996 higher education faculty were working in 2006. Of these, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background. And in 2009, 855,625 faculty were working around the nation. 151,691 of these were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Kentucky by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Kentucky by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Kentucky Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 3.99% 0.24% 2.12%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Kentucky
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has grown in Kentucky, the percentage of women has also increased. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. Kentucky Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 3.56% 3.07% 5.23%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Kentucky
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Kentucky Faculty employment by Gender

National Kentucky
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 45%
Women 55%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Kentucky


As the number of higher education faculty in Kentucky has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

Currently Kentucky has 33,164 graduate students and 247,812 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Kentucky

9180 9642 9994 10832 10698
17887 17939 19043 18774 19179
569 600 674 857 1675
7271 7155 7118 7298 8050
12614 12782 13946 12894 17272
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Kentucky


A total of 16,760 students graduated from colleges and universities in Kentucky in 2009. Approximately 34% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 17% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Kentucky


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Kentucky.

Retention rates in Kentucky

Returning Students 60%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In Kentucky state, 60 of every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs return to school the following year. And only 44 of every 100 students who start an undergraduate degree eventually graduate. And nationally, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Kentucky

Graduation Students 44%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Kentucky Students By Gender

National Kentucky
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 43%
Women 57%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Kentucky is not very diverse. Of the 280,976 students studying in Kentucky's institutions of higher learning, 57% are female, and 12% are from an ethnic or racial minority. National statistics are consistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. Kentucky Students Minorities

National Kentucky
Minorities 29%
Minorities 12%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Kentucky

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  1. Kentucky Teaching Schools100,040 Employed
  2. Kentucky Business Schools85,081 Employed
  3. Kentucky Engineering Schools33,490 Employed
  4. Kentucky Information Systems Schools26,059 Employed
  5. Kentucky Psychology Schools25,575 Employed
  6. Kentucky Liberal Arts Schools24,819 Employed
  7. Kentucky Law Schools21,928 Employed
  8. Kentucky Information Technology Schools21,270 Employed
  9. Kentucky Educational Leadership Schools21,120 Employed
  10. Kentucky Nursing Schools18,857 Employed
  11. Kentucky Business Administration Schools17,825 Employed
  12. Kentucky Art Schools17,246 Employed
  13. Kentucky Biology Schools17,042 Employed
  14. Kentucky Music Schools16,491 Employed
  15. Kentucky Math Schools15,374 Employed
  16. Kentucky English Schools14,933 Employed
  17. Kentucky Criminal Justice Schools14,734 Employed
  18. Kentucky Counseling Schools14,671 Employed
  19. Kentucky BSN Schools14,481 Employed
  20. Kentucky Forensic Nursing Schools14,481 Employed
  21. Kentucky RN to BSN Schools14,481 Employed
  22. Kentucky Communications Schools14,205 Employed
  23. Kentucky Management Schools14,105 Employed
  24. Kentucky MBA Schools13,265 Employed
  25. Kentucky Social Work Schools12,554 Employed
  26. Kentucky Finance Schools12,111 Employed
  27. Kentucky Elementary Education Schools11,443 Employed
  28. Kentucky Special Education Schools11,228 Employed
  29. Kentucky Human Services Schools11,210 Employed
  30. Kentucky Accounting Schools11,004 Employed
  31. Kentucky Chemistry Schools10,066 Employed
  32. Kentucky Public Health Schools9,442 Employed
  33. Kentucky History Schools8,701 Employed
  34. Kentucky Political Science Schools8,478 Employed
  35. Kentucky Physics Schools8,419 Employed
  36. Kentucky Sociology Schools8,255 Employed
  37. Kentucky Journalism Schools7,846 Employed
  38. Kentucky Radiology Technology Schools7,413 Employed
  39. Kentucky Health Science Schools7,325 Employed
  40. Kentucky Marketing Schools7,282 Employed
  41. Kentucky Healthcare Administration Schools7,205 Employed
  42. Kentucky Public Administration Schools7,092 Employed
  43. Kentucky Advertising Schools7,061 Employed
  44. Kentucky Public Relations Schools7,061 Employed
  45. Kentucky Theology Schools6,714 Employed
  46. Kentucky Property Management Schools6,605 Employed
  47. Kentucky Speech Therapy Schools6,548 Employed
  48. Kentucky Early Childhood Education Schools6,503 Employed
  49. Kentucky Respiratory Therapy Schools6,302 Employed
  50. Kentucky Architecture Schools6,079 Employed
  51. Kentucky Nutrition Schools5,465 Employed
  52. Kentucky Sports Management Schools5,390 Employed
  53. Kentucky Mechanical Engineering Schools5,331 Employed
  54. Kentucky International Business Schools5,246 Employed
  55. Kentucky Fire Science Schools5,151 Employed
  56. Kentucky Surgical Technology Schools5,151 Employed
  57. Kentucky Carpentry Schools4,974 Employed
  58. Kentucky Drafting Schools4,953 Employed
  59. Kentucky Clinical Psychology Schools4,938 Employed
  60. Kentucky Human Resources Schools4,747 Employed
  61. Kentucky Design Schools4,502 Employed
  62. Kentucky Civil Engineering Schools4,348 Employed
  63. Kentucky Paralegal Schools4,254 Employed
  64. Kentucky Biochemistry Schools4,134 Employed
  65. Kentucky Dental Hygienist Schools3,911 Employed
  66. Kentucky School Psychology Schools3,604 Employed
  67. Kentucky Sports Medicine Schools3,550 Employed
  68. Kentucky Visual Communications Schools3,482 Employed
  69. Kentucky Organizational Psychology Schools3,457 Employed
  70. Kentucky Business Management Schools3,451 Employed
  71. Kentucky Physical Therapy Schools3,288 Employed
  72. Kentucky Small Business Schools3,189 Employed
  73. Kentucky Computer Engineering Schools2,957 Employed
  74. Kentucky Culinary Schools2,841 Employed
  75. Kentucky Physical Therapy Assistant Schools2,785 Employed
  76. Kentucky Veterinary Schools2,780 Employed
  77. Kentucky Hospitality Schools2,756 Employed
  78. Kentucky Construction Management Schools2,718 Employed
  79. Kentucky Biomedical Engineering Schools2,710 Employed
  80. Kentucky Fashion Design Schools2,551 Employed
  81. Kentucky Creative Writing Schools2,538 Employed
  82. Kentucky Electrical Engineering Schools2,536 Employed
  83. Kentucky Occupational Therapy Schools2,442 Employed
  84. Kentucky Computer Science Schools2,324 Employed
  85. Kentucky Health Information Schools2,297 Employed
  86. Kentucky Sonography Schools2,204 Employed
  87. Kentucky Ultrasound Technology Schools2,204 Employed
  88. Kentucky Computer Programming Schools2,126 Employed
  89. Kentucky Homeland Security Schools1,630 Employed
  90. Kentucky Physician Assistant Schools1,617 Employed
  91. Kentucky Interior Design Schools1,531 Employed
  92. Kentucky Forestry Schools1,461 Employed
  93. Kentucky Gerontology Schools1,461 Employed
  94. Kentucky Risk Management Schools1,215 Employed
  95. Kentucky Graphic Design Schools1,199 Employed
  96. Kentucky Music Therapy Schools1,106 Employed
  97. Kentucky X Ray Technician Schools1,075 Employed
  98. Kentucky Forensic Science Schools1,073 Employed
  99. Kentucky Mental Health Schools961 Employed
  100. Kentucky Fashion Schools957 Employed
  101. Kentucky Fashion Marketing Schools957 Employed
  102. Kentucky Fashion Merchandising Schools957 Employed
  103. Kentucky Ministry Schools750 Employed
  104. Kentucky Film Schools704 Employed
  105. Kentucky Video Production Schools704 Employed
  106. Kentucky Computer Networking Schools642 Employed
  107. Kentucky Web Design Schools542 Employed
  108. Kentucky Christian Counseling Schools378 Employed
  109. Kentucky Medical Coding Schools290 Employed
  110. Kentucky Medical Billing Schools176 Employed
  111. Kentucky Hotel Management Schools161 Employed
  112. Kentucky Healthcare Management Schools76 Employed
  113. Kentucky Web Development Schools64 Employed
  114. Kentucky Health Information Management Schools44 Employed
  115. Kentucky Animation Schools42 Employed
  116. Kentucky Computer Animation Schools42 Employed
  117. Kentucky Video Game Design Schools42 Employed

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