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Postsecondary Completion: Central Texas & Texas

Postsecondary Completion data for
Central Texas & Texas.

Postsecondary Completion

Completion rates measure how many higher education enrollees complete their postsecondary credential (two and four-year degrees) within six years of high school graduation. Tracking completion rates allows us to identify patterns among student populations to better support students who are at risk of not completing their studies.

About this data:

E3 Alliance relies primarily on data from the University of Texas Education Research Center (ERC). This data allows for a longitudinal understanding of postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion, based on where and when a student graduates from high school. This data pertains to graduates from within the state of Texas who enroll in Texas postsecondary institutions within one year of graduating from high school.

Following are items to note:

The year of the data represents the year of high school graduation. Measuring completion requires six years to elapse. There is also a delay in data availability due to state approval within the ERC and analysis time. As such, if you choose to explore data from Central Texas, the graphs below present postsecondary completion data in the most recent available year in Texas postsecondary institutions, for the class that graduated high school within six years prior. In other words, data for the graduating class of 2014 represents their postsecondary completion status in 2020.

56%

5,606 / 10,059

Central Texas

Postsecondary Completion Rate (Within Six-Years)

53%

84,428 / 160,462

Texas

Postsecondary Completion Rate (Within Six-Years)

Digging Deeper: Gender, Income, and Race Play a Role in Postsecondary Completion Rates

Reviewing the latest completion data by student groups based on their gender, income, and race allows us to take a closer look at which student groups are being underserved.

In Texas for the class of 2014, Asian females from non-low-income households who enrolled in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school completed their postsecondary credential within six years of graduation at the highest rates (83%), while Black males from low-income households who enrolled in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school completed their postsecondary credential within six years of graduation at the lowest rates (24%).

For all racial groups, females from non-low-income households completed at the highest rates, followed by males from non-low-income households, then females from low-income households, and males from low-income households.

Postsecondary Completion Rates Within 6-Years, 2015

Postsecondary Completion Within Six Years of Graduation Varies by Race

Completion patterns in Texas postsecondary institutions show racial disparities that point to the need for systemic change around opportunities, access, and support.

For the Texas class of 2014, education systems are completing Asian students in Texas postsecondary institutions at a rate of nearly five times more than Black students (Asian - 74%, Black - 37%).

Use the comparison feature to look at disparities in enrollment in your region. Are disparities larger or smaller than the state?

Disparities Exist in Postsecondary Completion by Household Income

Household income disparities in postsecondary completion exist in Texas among students who enroll in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school and who complete their postsecondary credential within six years of graduating high school. More students from non-low-income households complete postsecondary education than students from low-income households.

In Texas, for the class of 2014, fewer than 4 in 10 students from low-income households who enrolled in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school completed their postsecondary credential within six years of high school graduation, compared to more than 6 in 10 students from non-low-income households.

Use the comparison feature to compare your region to the state. Are there greater or lesser disparities in your region?

Compare your District and Campuses to Others Using the Scatterplots Below

Use the first scatterplot below to compare your district to other districts in the region. You can use toggles and selections to look at specific demographic groups, and bright-spot districts. You can also toggle on size indicators and charter districts.

Use the second scatterplot below to compare campuses in your district to other campuses in the region. You can use toggles and selections to look at specific demographic groups, and bright-spot campuses. You can also toggle on size indicators and charter schools within your district.

Gauging your district against your peers can help you benchmark your performance against other similar districts and campuses. You may be surprised to see which districts and campuses perform well for specific demographic groups.

Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

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Postsecondary Completion Within Six Years of Graduation Increasing in Last Five Years

While postsecondary enrollment rates have been decreasing over the past five years for Texas, the same trend is not found in postsecondary completion among students who enroll in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school and who complete their postsecondary credential within six years of graduating high school, where rates have been increasing steadily.

In Texas overall, completion rates increased from 45% of the class of 2009 to 52% of the class of 2014.

Use the comparison feature to see how the trend in your region compares to the state.

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Disparities in Postsecondary Completion by Household Income Have Not Decreased in Texas

Disparities in Texas continue in postsecondary completion rates for students from low-income households who enrolled in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school completed their postsecondary credential within six years of high school graduation, as compared to those from non-low-income households. Even as completion rates have increased for both groups over the past five years, this disparity persists.

For students from low-income households, postsecondary completion rates among those who enrolled in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school and who completed their postsecondary credential within six years of graduating high school increased from 33% for the class of 2009 to 41% for the class of 2014.

For students from non-low-income households, completion rates increased from 53% for the class of 2009 to 63% for the class of 2014.

Use the comparison feature to view the trend in your region as compared to the state. Is the trend moving in the same direction? Are the disparities increasing, decreasing, or remaining the same over time?

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Disparities in Postsecondary Completion by Race Persist Over Time

In Texas, all student groups have seen an increase in postsecondary completion among students who enrolled in Texas institutions within one year of graduating high school and who completed their postsecondary credential within six years of graduating high school. Although the trends have been similar across groups, the disparity between the highest completing groups and lowest completing groups has persisted.

Use the comparison feature to look at trends in your region by race over the past five years, as compared to the state. Are disparities increasing or decreasing in your region? Do some groups trend in different directions than others?

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The conclusions of this research do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official position of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, or the State of Texas.