ERIC Number: ED401802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Baccalaureate Graduation Rates.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
This report presents tables, graphs, and text summarizing baccalaureate graduation rates in Texas beginning with a cohort of first-time, full-time students who entered a public college or university in Texas in 1985. Graduation rates are typically described as the percentage of first-time, full-time students who earn baccalaureate degrees within 6 years of enrolling at a higher education institution. For Texas' public higher education institutions, these figures have been compiled for the past five 6-year periods. The graduation rate reflects both students who graduate from the institution in which they first enroll and students who transfer and graduate from another Texas public institution. Six-year graduation rates at Texas public universities improved 1.8 percent from the 1985 freshman cohort to the 1989 cohort. However, Texas rates still do not compare favorably with rates in other states and National College Athletic Association institutions. After 6 years, only 48.7 percent of the university freshman cohort had graduated. There are several factors that may explain these data. Students that require remediation are less likely to graduate within 6 years of initial college enrollment and 6 years is probably an inadequate period to determine how many community and technical college students are likely to earn a baccalaureate degree since nearly 50 percent of these students are enrolled part-time. After 6 years, 20.1 percent of the 1989 cohort is still enrolled in a public college or university and 26.8 of the community and technical college cohort is still enrolled in a public institution. (JLS)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Standards, Bachelors Degrees, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Rate, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Rate, Ethnic Groups, Graduation, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Part Time Students, Public Colleges, School Holding Power, State Colleges, State Universities, Statistical Data, Time Factors (Learning), Time to Degree, Transfer Students, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas