[TACRAO] Listserv Notice About Compare College Texas Data Availability

Cossairt, Jana Jana.Cossairt at thecb.state.tx.us
Mon Apr 6 12:30:45 CDT 2015


Dear Colleagues,

A press release for the 2015 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac (included below) was sent on April 2. The press release refers to the companion online site www.CompareCollegeTX.com<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwNDAyLjQzNzM1MjYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDQwMi40MzczNTI2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDI4NzQzJmVtYWlsaWQ9a2VsbHkucG9sZGVuQHRoZWNiLnN0YXRlLnR4LnVzJnVzZXJpZD1rZWxseS5wb2xkZW5AdGhlY2Iuc3RhdGUudHgudXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&103&&&http://www.comparecollegetx.com/>. Please note, however, that there has been an unexpected delay and Compare College Texas is still displaying data from the 2014 almanac. We expect to have the 2015 data uploaded to the site on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

We apologize for any confusion caused by the delay.

Thanks,
Jana

Jana Cossairt
Program Director in Planning
Strategic Planning and Funding
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
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From: TX Higher Education Coordinating Board [mailto:thecb at public.govdelivery.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 02, 2015 12:20 PM
To: Polden, Kelly Carper
Subject: 2015 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac marks five years of transparency, accountability

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2015 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac

marks five years of transparency, accountability



April 2, 2015 - Austin, Texas - The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launched its fifth annual Texas Public Higher Education Almanac today as part of the agency's core mission to promote transparency and accountability among Texas public institutions of higher education. The 2015 Almanac<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwNDAyLjQzNzM1MjYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDQwMi40MzczNTI2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDI4NzQzJmVtYWlsaWQ9a2VsbHkucG9sZGVuQHRoZWNiLnN0YXRlLnR4LnVzJnVzZXJpZD1rZWxseS5wb2xkZW5AdGhlY2Iuc3RhdGUudHgudXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&101&&&http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=A44B548A-E50C-8417-E09BF83FC11EA1EF> provides higher education facts and performance data that allow users to compare Texas public higher education institutions. The data provide a snapshot of how Texas is doing educationally and highlight progress relative to the final year of the state's higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwNDAyLjQzNzM1MjYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDQwMi40MzczNTI2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDI4NzQzJmVtYWlsaWQ9a2VsbHkucG9sZGVuQHRoZWNiLnN0YXRlLnR4LnVzJnVzZXJpZD1rZWxseS5wb2xkZW5AdGhlY2Iuc3RhdGUudHgudXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&102&&&http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=858D2E7C-F5C8-97E9-0CDEB3037C1C2CA3>.



"As Governor, I want to elevate Texas' higher education system to the pinnacle of academic achievement. Providing Texas students and parents with the resources they need to make informed decisions on the merits of our state's colleges and universities will further that goal, and ensure each student can choose the higher education pathway that is right for them. The Coordinating Board has played an integral role in promoting access, quality and accountability in higher education, and the 2015 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac is a valuable tool for Texas students looking to apply and plan for college. I look forward to working with the Coordinating Board to implement policies that will advance our shared goal of making Texas' higher education system the best in the nation," said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.



The Almanac draws from data found in the agency's accountability system -- long recognized as a "best practice" national model for higher education performance data.



"The annual Almanac originated as part of Texas' current higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, which comes to a close this year. The Almanac has provided data on the plan's many accomplishments," said Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes. "Our next strategic plan is still under development but promises to be bold. Future Almanacs will help tell the story of our innovative, student-centered goals that include completion of high-quality credentials, identifiable marketable skills, and the ability to move students into the workforce without crushing debt. We won't reach our goals by doing business as usual."



The 2015 Almanac includes a new, statewide student debt profile. The amount of debt a student incurs can have a lasting impact on a student's life after college, and concerns about college costs and loan debt can impact the student's decision to attend and persist in higher education. Also featured is an updated earnings profile with workforce earnings data highlighting individual first-year and long-term earnings for certain degree programs as well as a range of credential levels. Earnings data are derived from the Texas Unemployment Insurance Wage Record and include only those students who graduated from Texas higher education institutions and were subsequently employed in the state. The earnings data is intended to help illustrate the value of higher education, from marketable skills training and credentials to professional degrees.



To better help students and parents make informed decisions about the value of higher education, the THECB provides an online companion to the Almanac at www.CompareCollegeTX.com<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTUwNDAyLjQzNzM1MjYxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE1MDQwMi40MzczNTI2MSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3NDI4NzQzJmVtYWlsaWQ9a2VsbHkucG9sZGVuQHRoZWNiLnN0YXRlLnR4LnVzJnVzZXJpZD1rZWxseS5wb2xkZW5AdGhlY2Iuc3RhdGUudHgudXMmZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&103&&&http://www.comparecollegetx.com/>. This interactive tool - funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- allows users to make side-by-side comparisons of Texas higher education institutions based on measures reported in the Almanac. Produced in collaboration with College Measures, this comprehensive, mobile-friendly tool also links to wage data for graduates by degree level and major for individual Texas public higher education institutions.



The Almanac and CompareCollegeTX.com are designed to place the most relevant data and information on Texas public institutional performance in the hands of policymakers, students, parents and the general public. This year's almanac was a public-private partnership between the THECB, College for All Texans Foundation and Houston Endowment, Inc. The THECB compiled and organized existing data for use in the almanac. Private funding paid for the design, printing and delivery.

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2015 Key data and information



  *   Enrollment in all Texas higher education institutions (two-year and four-year public, independent, and career institutions) has increased 57 percent since 2000. (p. 15)
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  *   The annual number of degrees and certificates awarded at all Texas higher education institutions has increased by 116 percent since 2000. (p. 16)



  *   Texas graduates who achieved a bachelor's degree in 2012, and were subsequently employed in Texas, earned an average of $39,378 during their first year after graduation; Texas graduates who achieved an associate's degree or certificate in 2012, and were subsequently employed in Texas, earned an average of $32,576 and $32986 respectively during their first year after graduation. (p. 11)



  *   Nationally, Texas has the third lowest average tuition at public, two-year institutions ($1,815). (p. 6)
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  *   Texas ranks 20th nationally in average tuition at public, four-year institutions ($7,402). (p. 6)
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  *   Texas ranks 25th nationally in attainment of bachelor's degrees. (p. 6)



  *   Texas ranks 46th nationally in attainment of associate degrees. (p. 6)
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  *   61 percent of full-time students enrolled at a public four-year university earned a postsecondary degree within six years. (p. 27)



  *   23 percent of students enrolled at a public four-year university were enrolled part-time. (p. 27)



  *   74 percent of students enrolled at a public community college were enrolled part-time. (p. 49)



  *   Of every 100 students enrolled (full- or part-time) at a public university, 60 students earned a postsecondary degree within six years; 30 students were no longer enrolled at any institution and earned no degree at the six-year mark. (p. 10)



  *   Of every 100 students enrolled (full- or part-time) at a public community college seeking a degree, 29 students earned postsecondary degree or certificate within six years; 61 students were no longer enrolled at any institution and earned no postsecondary award at the six-year mark. (p. 10)



  *   Of every 100 students who started at a two-year college and transferred to a university, 53 students earned a postsecondary degree within four years of transfer. (p. 12)



  *   On average, a full-time student needed five years and 140 credit hours to complete a bachelor's degree that requires four years and 120 credit hours. (p. 10)



  *   Of every 100 students enrolled in the eighth grade in Texas in academic year 2003-04, 69 graduated from high school, 53 enrolled in higher education in Texas, and 20 received a higher education degree or certificate in Texas by 2014.  Only 10% of the economically disadvantaged students received a degree or certificate, compared to 30% of those not economically disadvantaged. (p. 9)



THECB Mission Statement: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board promotes access, affordability, quality, success, and cost efficiency in the state's institutions of higher education, through Closing the Gaps and its successor plan, resulting in a globally competent workforce that positions Texas as an international leader in an increasingly complex world economy.





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