Educational Attainment

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The Relationship Between 8-Year Graduation Rates and Economic Status/Race/Ethnicity

In our previous blog post, we introduced the IPEDS Outcome Measures, which extends graduation rate calculations out to 8 years while also including part-time and transfer students in the metrics. Across public universities in Texas, we saw that 57% of full-time, first-time entering students in the 2014 cohort completed their bachelor’s degree at their originating university…

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Expanding the Timeframe for Success: Introducing the 8-Year Graduation Rate

We continue our blog series on graduation outcomes by introducing what will be a new metric framework for some readers: the IPEDS Outcome Measures. When most people in higher education talk about graduation rates, they are typically referring to the percentage of students who start at a college or university as first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students (i.e.,…

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Are Outcomes Improving at Public Universities? It Depends

In our previous blog post, we explored data from the National Student Clearinghouse’s (NSC) annual update to the “Completing College: National and State Reports” series. In general, the national six-year graduation rate for the fall 2017 cohort was 62.2%. This cohort included full-time and part-time students who were first-time enrollees at two- or four-year institutions, and who completed a…

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Stagnancy in Success: 6-Year Graduation Rates Fall Slightly in 2023

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) recently released its annual update to the “Completing College: National and State Reports” series. The primary metric used by the NSC is six-year graduation rates for first-time enrollees, including both full-time and part-time students, at two- or four-year institutions, who complete a degree at any degree-granting institution in the United…

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The Intersection of Academic Majors, Race/Ethnicity, and Lifetime Earnings

After a brief divergence to review fall 2023 enrollment in Texas, we are wrapping-up our four-part series on lifetime earnings and educational attainment. In this blog post, we explore the intersection of academic major, race/ethnicity, educational attainment and lifetime earnings, variables that were covered independently in previous blog posts. As seen throughout the posts in this series,…

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The Effect of Academic Major and Occupation on Lifetime Earnings

This blog post serves as the third entry in our series reviewing estimated lifetime earnings by educational attainment level. Previous posts have reviewed general trends in terms of educational attainment levels, as well as variance across race/ethnicity categories. In this post, we shift our focus to how earnings differ based on the combination of educational…

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Financial Impact of Educational Attainment by Race/Ethnicity

in our previous blog post, we began a multi-part series looking at estimated lifetime earnings to see general trends across the spectrum of education levels ranging from “less than high school diploma” to “professional degrees.” Overall, data from the Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) at Georgetown University showed that bachelor’s graduates earn approximately $1.1 million…

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Answering the Age-Old Question: Is a College Degree Worth It?

Is a college degree worth it? This question has pervaded conversations from family dining tables to corporate board rooms to political pulpits for quite awhile in the United States. However, topics such as student loan forgiveness, state support for public institutions, higher costs of attendance, and return-on-investment have increasingly amplified the asking of this question…

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The End Game: Exploring Graduation Rates of CC Transfers to Universities

With the academic calendar signaling the start of a new school year, this blog post will serve as the last installment of our summer series on community colleges in Texas. Our previous posts looked at enrollment trends at community colleges, including the importance of dual credit in Texas, as well as challenges facing transfer students seeking to…