Kentucky State University has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to move from a Level III to Level V degree-granting institution.

Level V institutions can offer one to three doctoral degrees as their highest degrees, while Level III institutions offer the master’s degree as their highest degree. SACS is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

“We are excited about the possibility of offering doctoral programs at KSU,” said Dr. Joel Thierstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “For us who have been associated with the campus for a long time, this is a great source of pride.”