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Kentucky’s public and independent colleges and universities conferred an estimated 57,247 degrees and credentials during the 2009-10 academic year, according to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. The figure represents an estimated 9.3 percent increase over last year and includes gains at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and professional doctorate levels.

The Council on Postsecondary Education has set tuition and mandatory fee ceilings for in-state undergraduate students for the 2010-11 academic year, authorizing a 4 percent ceiling for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, a 5 percent ceiling at the six comprehensive universities, and a 6 percent ceiling for the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. The ceiling for KCTCS would mean an increase of no more than $5 per credit hour. For the six comprehensive institutions, the ceiling results in a range of $288 additional per year at Murray State University to $360 at Western Kentucky University. At the University of Kentucky, the lower division ceiling is limited to $487 per year and upper division at $501. The University of Louisville’s ceiling would allow no more than $480 year.

Facing a $6.8 million deficit for fiscal year 2011, the Kentucky Court of Justice has implemented a budget reduction plan and staff cutbacks in an effort to balance the budget. The measures will save $6.7 million and eliminate 113 positions. The job cuts represent 3.4 percent of the judicial branch’s non-elected workforce and will affect all four levels of the court system, the Office of Circuit Court Clerk and the Administrative Office of the Courts.