Postsecondary Persistence Profile: Central Texas & Rio Grande Valley

Postsecondary Persistence Profile data for
Central Texas & Rio Grande Valley.

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Postsecondary Persistence Profile

Persistence rates measure how many postsecondary enrollees return for a second year of postsecondary studies. Overall persistence rates in Texas postsecondary institutions are generally high, but there are important disparities to note. In addition to differing persistence rates by gender, household income, and race; persistence also varies by full-time versus part-time enrollment status and institution type. Longitudinal factors such as the quantity and quality of high school math courses taken and postsecondary readiness indicators demonstrated in high school can impact persistence. For students of color and students from low-income households, unexpected costs and messages about belonging can also impact persistence.

Changes to policies and practices, such as the implementation of co-requisite models that support students in completing developmental and gateway math courses simultaneously, and bridge grant programs that assist students with unexpected one-time costs, can have large impacts on student persistence rates.

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82%

7,969 / 9,693

Central Texas

Postsecondary Persistence Rate

76%

7,980 / 10,499

Rio Grande Valley

Postsecondary Persistence Rate

Texas Persistence Rates Stable for Past Ten Years

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Disparities Exist in Postsecondary Persistence by Household Income

Disparities in Persistence by Household Income Have Been Reduced Since 2012 but Progress is Stalling

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Postsecondary Persistence Varies by Race

Disparities in Postsecondary Persistence by Race Continue Over Time

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

Postsecondary Persistence Rates, 2020

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Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

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Target Name: Central Texas | Target: CTX

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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 persistence requires two years to elapse (one year to enroll, and one year to return). The data below shows the 2021 postsecondary persistence status of the class of 2019.

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.